BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Hundreds of cars from all generations returned to Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa for the annual Curtis Lumber Car and Truck Show on Sunday.
“It feels so good to be back!” said Jim Carpenter, Director of Marketing at Curtis Lumber. “It was so hard to give up not having a Curtis Lumber Car Show last year.”
Awards were available for 10 different generations of cars, ranging from present vehicles to those built between 1901 and 1931. “It’s the car that best represents the generation. That’s the way they’re told to judge it and look at it. It’s not so much about its originality—or it’s a red-on-red ‘67 Corvette that’s beautiful—it’s what best represents the generation,” explained Bill Schroeder, one of the event’s organizers.
Specialty awards were also available for a variety of categories, including the president’s pick, spectator’s choice, and kids’ choice. These trophies are specially handcrafted with hardwood by the Northeast Woodworkers Association.
“We know that there are many cars that come today that don’t show anywhere else in the northeast, but they come specifically to win those trophies,” Carpenter said.
The return of the event brought fun for the whole family, including music, food trucks, and a 50/50 raffle benefitting Pet Connection. And of course, the event offered a chance for owners to show off the cars they’ve worked so hard to present.
“It’s a frame-off restored, meaning that the body was taken off the frame and the frame was blasted and POR coated, and then everything brand new was put in it, like suspension,” Simone Zalewski, showing off her 1972 Buick GS.
Zalewski worked on her car with friends and family for over a year, as her interest in cars has continued to grow. “Little by little, I got more and more involved, got my own cars, and started bringing them to car shows,” she said. “Since I got this done, I’ve been bringing this to car shows now for five years.”
This year’s event was the first to have participants pre-register, with over 200 registering in advance. Limited space was also available at the side of the Curtis Lumber building for cars that were registered Sunday morning.