From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
I’ve made several visits this spring to the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show held at the Bellmore Long Island Rail Road station parking lot – the bustling crowds around hundreds of cars at the south shore town event have such friendly energy.
Bellmore, New York, USA. 12th June 2015. A vintage red Ford Deluxe and a blue with white stripes 437 Shelby Cobra racing car are on display at the Friday Night Car Show held at the Bellmore LIRR Station Parking Lot. (c) 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)
On June 12th, I enjoyed speaking with Grey Cherveny, from Bay Shore, about his yellow 2003 Corvette 50th Anniversary model, with Lamborghini doors and chrome trim under the hood to reflect the motor. He explained he’s just recently started going to car shows with his modified Vette, which has already appeared in Newsday, plus won an award.
Bellmore, New York, USA. 12th June 2015. Owner Grey Cherveny at his modified yellow 2003 Corvette 50th Anniversary model at Friday Night Car Show held at Bellmore LIRR Station Parking Lot. (c) 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com
On May 29, perhaps the hardest-to-miss custom car was a black 1992 Mazda Convertible belonging to PHIL ZIRKULI, a Baldwin UFSD Art Teacher, who was drawing colorful designs with chalk paint on his car. Zirkuli explained he decorates his car to draw attention to the importance of art education.
Bellmore, New York, USA. May 29, 2015. PHIL ZIRKULI, a Baldwin Art Teacher, draws colorful designs on his black 1992 Mazda Convertible at the Friday Night Car Show held at the Bellmore Long Island Railroad Station Parking Lot. (c) 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com
One of my favorite classic cars that night was a black 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster racing car. When I asked why there was a thin wire attaching each Tri-Wing Knock Off to its wheel, I learned the safety wire prevents the Knock Off, aka Wingnut or Spinner, from flying into other cars if it comes off during races.
Bellmore Friday Night Car Shows are great family fun. In fact, that late May night I unexpectedly ran into my older daughter’s family – including my adorable grandson who excitedly shouted out “Train!” and pointed up from his stroller to the overhead tracks each time an LIRR train roared past.
Bellmore, New York, USA. 12th June 2015. Engine of a red 1972 Pontiac Convertible LeMans Sport is lit up in red at the Friday Night Car Show held at Bellmore LIRR Station Parking Lot. (c) 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com
Because I linger at each car that catches my eye – aiming to learn about the car and capture images that do it justice – I usually have time to catch only a small portion of the classic, antique, and custom cars each visit.
These free weekly shows are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores, and you can visit them until the first week in October. I look forward to returning for many more laps around the parking lot.
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