Rare, antique cars roll through Lenox at Motorcar Classic


LENOX -- It’s a long, long shot, but Lee resident Edward Schmidt likes to think he might own his dad’s old car, one of dozens on display at the annual Lenox Motorcar Classic on Friday.

Schmidt’s black, red-rimmed 1929 Ford Model A mirrors exactly a car his father once owned, which appears in several family photo albums.

"It’s not likely, but it’s possible," Schmidt said. "Whoever he sold it to could have kept it away in a garage all those years until I came along."

Schmidt bought the car in Chicopee five years ago and drives it year-round.

"You want to keep the engine running," he said. "It’s good for it."

Prior to the 1929 Model A, Schmidt owned a 1930 and a 1931. The latest, he said, is his favorite.

And despite a nagging rain that surely made the event a no-go for some car folks, many owners of other favorites in the classic car world still came out.

Several Mercedes, Pontiac GTOs, Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Chevelles, a Lotus -- even a 1946 Willys MB -- spiced up Housatonic Street’s look for several hours as the rain drizzled on.

Standing beside a souped-up, creme de menthe Mustang Boss 351 with black hockey stripes, one heard onlookers tell stories of evading the police while driving a similar car during high school.

Another owner had adorned his Ford Model A truck with a rear sticker that read "It’s all I could A Ford."

Lenox firefighter Cameron Marcantel brought to the show a rare car indeed -- a 1962 Mercury Meteor, one of just two remaining in the state. He acquired the car in Lanesborough, where it had sat for years in the then-owner’s yard.

"It was buried to the axle in mud that had frozen," Marcantel said. "I couldn’t wait to take it off his hands. It took a week to get it running, but I knew it was going to start."

It did not fail Marantel on Friday, either, as the event wrapped up he turned the key and joined the other classic car owners rumbling down the street.

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