CHATHAM, NJ - Years ago, Ralph DelCoro handed over the keys to his 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible to his son with a couple conditions.
"He told me to get the car out of the garage and take care of it," Chip DelCoro said. "He died, unfortunately, three days later. He must have known something."
Chip DelCoro followed his father's instructions and Saturday he was rewarded for keeping his promise as that same 1957 Ford Thunderbird won the People's Choice Award at the second annual Chatham Township PBA No. 170 Car Show held in the parking lot at Chatham High.
"His father took it to Hilton Head and used it for playing golf," Paula DelCoro, Chip's wife, said. "The car was designed so the trunk could accommodate two sets of golf clubs. That's why it has such a huge trunk for a two-seater."
The DelCoro's pointed out that the seat folds in and the top is stored behind it. The exhaust pipe is built right into the rear bumper. Chip DelCoro is a member of the Green Village Fire Department and Paul is an EMT in New Vernon.
Other award winners included Ray Toth of Colonia for his 1974 DeTomaso Pantera, and Joe Elmi of Stirling for his 1969 Camaro.
Gil Fitzhush, 81, of New Vernon, rode over his 1911 Stanley Steamer, which he says gets 35 miles per gallon of water.
"In the old days, they'd siphon the water from a horse trough," Fitzhush said. "I haven't seen a horse trough in a while. They used to use kerosene to heat the water, but I use Jet A fuel."
Gil Fitzhush tells the history of the 1911 Stanley Steamer he brought to the Chatham car show