The 2013 Elm Bank Estate Auto Show is in the books. We had record breaking crowds and the show fields were packed. We would like to thank all of you that attended for help making it the show that it has become. The grounds were filled with some of the nicest vehicles in New England and the diversity of cars and trucks on display makes this one of the premiere shows in New England. The beautiful back drop of gardens and manicured lawns added to the picturesque setting and enjoyment of walking from show field to show field. If you found your way to the stage area, you were treated to a generous food court and bar where you could grab a bite to eat and listen to the music of Four on the Floor. They are always good, but for some reason they stood out front and center and the compliments echoed through the crowds. Hats off to Four on the Floor for a job well done. We had Dee Jay Kev Tev keeping everything in check and running smoothly. Kev received a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the automotive hobby and the superior effort he puts into each event he works. He has been a driving force behind the success of our show. “Kev, you are the best”. A special thanks goes out to Jay Geils for making a special appearance with a collection of his personal Italian cars. He was very generous and autographed a Fender guitar donated by City Music. After many grueling hours of judging, trophies were awarded to over one hundred participants. Many vehicles scored a perfect score which shows the caliber of vehicles that compete amongst each other. Our team of judges led by Bill Mian worked endlessly from seven A.M. till two thirty. A very special thanks to them, Ms. Elm Bank and our staff made up of family and friends. If you thought the grounds looked nice, many hours of labor were donated by Deluca and Sons along with Heavy Equipment and supplies. Suburban Landscape provided a full crew week after week leading up to the show. They provided the final touches hours before the show. We would like to thank you guys for all your support when it was really needed. When the day came to an end and all were thanked for their role in this fantastic day, the roar of thunder filled the air and all that was left were tail lights and exhaust tips. Oh yes, and a massive cleanup to get the grounds ready for the weekly contingent of garden and flower lovers.
We would like to take the time for those of you who missed announcements during the day, or for those who didn’t receive a goody bag with our sponsor list to acknowledge our largest sponsors, Corcoran & Havlin Insurance, Herb Chambers of Auburn, The Dover Group in Dover, Erskine LLC of Worcester, Jarvis Appliance and AM Deprisco Jeweler both in Wellesley and to the many other sponsors of trophies. A very special thanks to City Music for providing the Fender guitar that Jay Geils was so generous to autograph and make an appearance as well. An over the top Thank you goes out to Civilized Solutions, Lee Myles Transmissions, Cote Automotive, Quality Auto Body, Main Street Service Center, Express Employment Professionals, Forte’s Parts Connection, Faith Tiberio, H & B Liquors in Worcester, MC Racing, Deluca & Sons Excavating, Suburban Landscaping and Natick Radiator who sponsored multiple classes and trophies. Holliston Jewelers, Snow’s Garage, Bob Johnson’s Auto Literature, Riders Repair, Cleaves, Tom Langan, Medfield Tire and Battery, Sherborn Inn, Captain Marden’s Seafood, Dowse Orchards, Tilly & Salvy’s Bacon Street Farm, Hazel’s Bakery,Fran Gomez Photography, Hogan Tire, YYZ Signs, and Tina Greenfield of Coldwell Banker in Wellesley. We appreciate the sponsorship and the items you may have provided for our goody bags or raffle. If you are in the need for any of these businesses please help support them by giving them a chance to do business with you. We would be glad to provide you with contact information on any of the above sponsors. They are all local and have supported us and we would like all of you to support them in the future. We all have one thing in common, we enjoy the automotive hobby.
This was our inaugural year for our Concours on the Charles division of the show. If you made your way down to the display, I’m sure you will agree the cars were quite spectacular. We anticipate next year to be bigger and better and thank each of the car owners for joining us at our Concours debut. We hope you come back next year to see how this show flourishes as much as our “original “show.
Thanks to all of you for your emails after the show. We like to hear your input, it is how we learn and grow. As always we welcome anyone who would like to help and give time to the show. As you can see, it has gotten to be quite a handful and the more help we have, the smoother it can run. Please let us know if you are able to help in the future.
If any of you have any photos of the show and are willing to share them with us, please email us. We will gladly put your name with the photos and give you credit, if you wish. Everyone loves to see their car captured in the eyes of someone else, or maybe even get to see a car they somehow missed the day of the show. Check out the website periodically, www.elmbankautoshow.com, we will be adding to it as we go along. There have also been a few newspaper articles, blogs, and TV broadcasts that will be going on the website also.
LASLTY, let’s talk about the TRAFFIC JAM…. we all experienced a traffic snafu on the way out. Due to an overwhelmed detail officer, which was out of our control and a medical emergency, the exit road got backed up. The heat was intense and many decided to leave all at once. That may have been O.K. had there not been hundreds of cars still trying to enter the show. The detail officer ordered my bridge workers to stop all traffic exiting the property until he cleaned up Rt. 16. This was the cause of the outrageous line of cars on our exit road. We thank all of you for your cooperation during this time. Many of you were very understanding as our staff offered apologies. Some were less understanding and were extremely rude to our staff and I offer no apologies to them. Elm Bank is a beautiful venue for a car show. We will study every option and make every effort to ensure a steady flow of traffic for next year’s event. I followed up with both Dover and Wellesley Police Chiefs. We are working together to see it doesn’t happen again.
We hope you all have a great summer. Thank you for sharing the day with us. We hope you enjoyed the show!
Irene and Charlie Harris