The roar of engines revved as cool wheels entered the rear parking lot at Delaware Park Casino, joining many hotrods already on display. As each car cruised slowly by, onlookers turned heads to watch impressive vehicles with powerful, thundering sounds.
“Those were the good ole’ days,” I overheard one man in his 50s or 60s say to a man of about the same age. A sunny afternoon early in June, it made for a perfect moment for someone to reminisce about days gone by in hotrods…or wish they were around in those times.
So many stunning cars, I didn’t know where to start in wandering among them and taking photos. Custom Camaros, Corvettes and Mustangs came into view first – they always lure me in for a closer look.
I bought a metal sign showing the various generations of Chevy Camaro, my all-time favorite hotrod. The guy who had the signs set up for sale asked me if I had a Camaro or liked them. I told him I have a 2000, but they’ve always been my favorite and that my dad used to have a blue ’69 from his younger days and later, a red ‘67. The vendor said Chevy did really well with the Camaro over the years.
My dad’s red ’67, hard top, black stripe around the front end…he had that Camaro during my junior and senior years of high school and I couldn’t wait to get my license. I was hoping to be behind the wheel by sometime during the summer before senior year. Then, that September, drive to school in it, engine rumbling, even going slowly up the winding campus driveway.
Here are just a few photos I took of this muscle car at Delaware Park.
A more recent and close second favorite lately is the Dodge Challenger and at this car show, many of the newest models were represented. In fact, this was the first time I’d seen so many of them at one car show. I’ve been seeing more and more of them whenever I’m out somewhere. I especially love the new models; they are awesome!
Retro songs played, from hits by The Beach Boys to musical numbers featured in “Grease” (“You’re The One That I Want” and “Grease Lightning”). Such great music! Not only that, but I feel as though I’m in my element at these car shows. You can see why, what with so many favorite cool wheels.
This makes the second time I’ve been to a car show at Delaware Park, the event in particular called Beers and Gears. Anyone attending could also grab a bite to eat from food trucks lined up in the lot area running along the casino’s main driveway. I’m already looking forward to next year’s car show because you never know what you’ll see.