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Classic automobile fans enjoy sixth annual Brasher car show

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BRASHER FALLS - The automobile industry was well represented in Brasher Falls Wednesday as cars from the Roaring 20s, the World War II era, and the groovy ‘60s and ‘70s were among the vehicles on display for the annual car show.

The sixth edition of the Super Cruise In and Car Show featured well over 130 cars glistening in the bright sun, quickly over populating the town’s municipal building parking lot.

“(There’s) no criteria. You can bring in anything that’s a semi-classic or a car that you want to show,” Town Supervisor M. James Dawson said. “Most of them are classics or semi-classics. We started this show six years ago, and I decided to have (them) on Wednesday afternoon. Somebody said, ‘You’ve got to be crazy. Nobody’s going to go to a car show in the evening’ and I said, ‘Well let’s just try it.’ We decided not to have any judging. There are no trophies handed out, it doesn’t cost the people that bring their cars. Most car shows, you have to pay a fee to get in.”

Those who bring cars to the show are given tickets for a free meal provided by the Quad Town Lions Club.

There is also a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds gained going toward the Tri-Town Children’s Christmas program.

The event, which ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., also featured musical performances by The Drifters and TimeLine.

“I’ve had people tell me, ‘I don’t go to any other car show except the one in Brasher.’ I’m flattered that they say that,” Mr. Dawson said. “The first year I thought maybe we’d get 30 or 40 cars. I wasn’t sure what would happen. We had 110 the first year.”

The second year featured 132 vehicles, year three had 149, year four had around 130, and last year broke a record with 172 entries, according to the town supervisor.

“People seem to like this show. I have a contingent that comes from the Plattsburgh-Peru area for this, from the Ogdensburg area, from Malone, from all over the place,” Mr. Dawson said. “We are very fortunate. People love this show for some reason. I think it’s so casual they have a good time. It’s very relaxing, and they don’t have to worry about their car being judged by somebody.”

New Hampshire resident John Cournoyer brought his 1936 Buick Series 40 to the show Wednesday and said he has always been into vintage vehicles.

It was his wife’s interest that led to the Buick purchase in 2008 though.

“My wife and I were down in Florida on our honeymoon and we happened to be in the St. Cloud area and my wife saw this going down the road on a ramp truck and she says, ‘Look honey, I want it.’ And I chased it down and when I got it, the engine was in the trunk, all the interior was in a trash barrel inside, and it had a sun burn, but it was all there,” Mr. Cournoyer said. “So I bought it and shipped it to New Hampshire.”

Mr. Cournoyer is a garage owner and restores old vehicles as a “personal labor and a hobby.”

Darlene Kirkey, Brasher Falls, admitted she wasn’t an antique automobile aficionado, but still thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the car show.

“The cars are amazing. We camp over at the campsite in Brasher, and we come over every year to this. We don’t miss it,” Ms. Kirkey said. “I like looking at them. I’m not a vintage car person per say, but I like the overall atmosphere of what their doing and it’s great for Brasher.

“It’s amazing, the cars and what people put into them to keep them to what they look like now, to keep them up. That’s amazing how they do that.”

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