Car Show At Harwinton Fair Continues To Grow

HARWINTON, CT – What began a while back as a modest effort tucked in a corner of the Harwinton Fairgrounds is slowly growing to become a car show dotted with unique and stunning entries. Held on Friday evening of the three-day Harwinton Fair, last night’s show pulled cars from the early 20th century right up until today.

Among the cars attracting attention was a 1961 DeSoto Adventurer recently acquired by Mark Albert of Thomaston, CT. He’s only owned it for two weeks having spotted at the recent gathering in Lake George, NY. The 1961 model year was the last year for the DeSoto brand and Albert said it only made four-door hardtops that year.

Mark Albert’s 1961 DeSoto Adventurer

Getting some attention from its owner was a 1951 Pontiac Catalina that also displayed a Chieftain Deluxe badging. Owner Sharon Brainard of Canton, CT was joined by her grandson, Jacob Brainard, in getting the dust from the nearby livestock and pet barns off of the car.

Brainard said she has owned the sparkling Pontiac since 1998.

Sharon Brainard and grandson Jacob Brainard dust the 1951 Pontiac
The interior of the 1951 Pontiac

Arriving amidst puffs of steam clouds atop a steam-powered 1909 Stanley were Don and Aline Nelson (show at top and below). They live In Harwinton only a mile or so away from the fairgrounds. Don’s a Stanley collector who says he’s now down to only three examples.

The 1909 has been back on the road for three years. “I bet I haven’t put 50 miles on it,” Nelson said. “Just haven’t had the time.”

Don and Aline Nelson on the 1909 Stanley

Among some of the other cars at the Harwinton Fair Car Show were:

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Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2008 Ford Ranger pickup.