Gearhead glory on Main Street

The distinctive styling of a bygone era was a big hit with young car buffs. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Gearheads gathered on Main Street, Vineyard Haven Sunday to oogle some pretty impressive automobiles — no kicking of tires allowed — at the annual Tisbury Fire Fighters Association car show.

Tisbury fire captain and car show organizer Ken Maciel said there were about 74 entries, including antiques and custom wheels. He estimated more than 2,000 people stopped by to check out the wheels and talk cars.

“It was fun,” said third-place winner Randy Walpole. “I’m proud of my car, so I’m glad I could do it. There aren’t many car shows on Martha’s Vineyard.”

The town closed off Main and Union Streets for the event. People strolled up and down the street.

“It was the second time I’ve been there and its been fun each time,” said Robert Ganz, the second-place finisher. “I’ve had an old car or another for 73 years and we’ve often talked about exhibiting them. It’s fun to see the other people and their cars.”

For organizers, it went very well. “It was a great success,” Mr. Maciel said. “We made over $3,000 for the firefighter’s relief fund. It was the biggest car show we’ve ever had because a lot of people and organizations helped out. I’ve got a lot of people to thank.”

The top three finishers were: 1. 1954 Mercedes Benz 300B Cabriolet owned by Jim Jones; 2. 1926 Lincoln seven-passenger touring car owned by Robert Ganz of Chilmark; 3. a classic 1958 Nash Metropolitan convertible owned by Randy Walpole of Edgartown.

Hap Bernard, owner of an Indian, took first place in the motorcycle category.

Car owners who made the cut to be featured in this year’s calendar are: Jesse Steere III; Tom Dooley; John Kelly; Jonathan Belain; John Bacheller; Ludwig Alban; Lydia Olsen; and the OBFD fire truck.