Auto show hits Trade Center – Boston Herald
Hundreds of local gearheads and hot rod enthusiasts will make their way to the World Trade Center this weekend to check out the dozens of gleaming speedsters, trucks, motorcycles and classic cars on display at the 43rd annual World of Wheels — a show focused on “old-school cool” rides that have collectors thinking back to their glory days.
Standing next to his stunning black 1953 Ford, Louis Rumpf of Abington said the show is a must for area collectors who love the feelings of nostalgia the old vehicles trigger and seeing an old beat-up car brought back to life from a rusty heap to a work of art on wheels.
“This was my first car,” Rumpf said with a laugh of the shoebox Ford, which was adorned with a drive-in theater speaker because he said the hot rod brings him back to his days at Richard’s Drive-in in Quincy and the old A&W stops.
“This is the kind of car I used to date my wife with over 50 years ago,” he said with a smile.
Rumpf said he bought the car 11 years ago and put 400 hours and $6,000 into restoring it to its original glory. The work, he said, included completely rebuilding the transmission and installing a new radiator and all-new shock springs and upholstery. But in return for his effort, the car has earned him 33 trophies.
“I’ve been coming to these since I was a child with my father at the Commonwealth Armory in Boston,” he said. “I never thought I’d have my own car in it. My father would be proud.”
Also showing off his prize possession yesterday was Steve McDonough, 61, of Pembroke, who put hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars into restoring his 1961 Cadillac DeVille, which he bought just a year ago. The vehicle, he said, was transformed from a rundown brown car with old cloth interior to a sizzling ride with a flame paint job and red leather interior.
And though much of the car was upgraded, McDonough was proud to say it still has its original wire wheels with whitewall tires.
“What’s not to like about it?” McDonough said. “It brings you back to a time.”
Chris Callbeck, 42, of Maynard said his 1940 Chevy convertible with a 700-horsepower engine may be “the one” after he traded his 1969 Chevelle SS for it six months ago.
“I’ve loved it since I was a little kid. I’ve probably had 250 cars since I was old enough to drive,” Callbeck said. “I just haven’t found the right one — I think this might be the one.”
The car show, sponsored by Town Fair Tire, will wrap up this evening at 6.