A perfect day for a Car-B-Q, with a Harbor View

Over 30 classic cars were on display at the Harbor View Hotel’s first ever “Car-B-Q.” — Photo by Michael Cummo

What a turnout this past Saturday for the Harbor View Hotel’s first ever “Car-B-Q” classic car parade, show, and barbecue. Over 30 immaculate cars paraded from Bend in the Road Beach through Edgartown, and landed on the hotel’s back lawn. Originally slated for Father’s Day but postponed due to rain, the event included fun folks, pulled pork, and plenty of eye candy for car lovers.

Vehicles of all sizes and colors, representing various eras, lined the lawn, with popped hoods that exhibited pristine engines and shiny chrome. Attendees cast their ballots, bestowing Best in Show upon Andrew Aloisi and his 1956 Continental Mark II. Jim Healey took first place for his 1965 Volkswagen Bus, and James Walpole’s 1958 Metropolitan Nash came in second. Marty Homlish and his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette came in third.

The Harbor View chefs cooked up a bounty of delicious picnic treats, including finger-lickin’ barbecued pork sandwiches and hamburgers, accompanied by potato salad, mac ’n’ cheese, and chips. And, of course, ice-cold beer.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum provided a bit of history with its photo exhibit of antique Vineyard autos, and a musical backdrop of guitar and ukulele music completed the casual outdoor soiree.

The organizers hope to make the event an annual affair. Proceeds benefit the Tisbury Firefighters Association, which also hosts an annual car show in Vineyard Haven.