Second annual Cars For Paws classic auto show held in Southington – Meriden Record-Journal

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2016

SOUTHINGTON — The second annual Cars 4 Paws classic auto show brought together car enthusiasts and animal lovers Sunday at the Southington Drive-In, drawing about 70 display vehicles to benefit the local Best Friends for Life Animal Rescue.

While the event didn’t match last year’s inaugural draw of 88 cars, Friends for Life co-founder Tony Bagiore, of Southington, was appreciative of the support.

“Every event is worthwhile if it helps the animals,” Bagiore said.

A selection of adoption dogs were brought on site for attendees to view, and Bagiore said one couple traveled from Cape Cod, Mass., to see the dogs and take in the car show.

Brass City Cruisers, a car club out of Waterbury, conducted the classic car show that drew vintage vehicles from six decades. The event had been rained out on an earlier scheduled date in June, and organizer Peggy Taggett thought the threat of rain Sunday morning might have affected the turnout.

The Southington car show to benefit Friends for Life came about when Taggett, an accountant from Naugatuck, won a raffle prize at an area car show from Bagiore’s oil business.

Taggett, who owns Connecticut Accounting, offered her services and was familiar with the Brass City Cruisers car club.

The three groups worked together to organize the first event a year ago and found the drive-in grounds favorable for a car show.

Cars 4 Paws didn’t dodge the rain completely in its second attempt. With the voting for awards nearly completed and an hour left, a sudden downpour sent car owners scurrying to roll up windows and close convertible tops, and spectators to seek shelter under the drive-in’s pavilion, where many enjoyed music from the ‘50s and ‘60s played by a DJ.

The music matched the age of many of the cars — 1956 Chevrolets, a 1962 Chevrolet Nova and Ford Mustangs from the sixties.

John Tattersall, of Southington, was sitting with a group of friends, all Ford early model owners lined up in a row in one section of the car display area, when it began to rain.

Tattersall’s 1926 Ford Model T won an award at the show.

“I wanted this car since I was a junior in high school,” Tattersall said.

Tattersall said he found the car, garaged in Colchester through eBay and purchased it six years ago. He said the car was manufactured in Des Moines, Iowa, and he had the opportunity to meet the original owner.

“This is for a good cause,” Taggett said as she wrapped up loose ends at the close of the event.

She noted that the event was successful, with proceeds of about $700 going to Friends For Life.

“Whether it’s cars, motorcyclists, dogs or runners, the animals always bring everybody out,” Bagiore said.

The event’s “Driver’s Choice” award, which was voted on by car owner participants, went to a 1958 Edsall owned by Bob Merrick of Bristol.


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