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1957 Ford Thunderbird Wins People's Choice Award at Chatham Township PBA Car Show

Chip DelCoro holds People's Choice Trophy in front of his 1957 Ford Thunderbird on Saturday at the Chatham Township Police Department's Car Show Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham resident Taryn Thomas, 6, sits behind the wheel of the 1911 Stanley Steam car Credits: TAP Chatham
John Morales of Parsippany shows off his customized 2015 2SS Camaro Commemorative Edition Credits: TAP Chatham
Joe Elmi of Stirling earned an award for his 1969 Camaro Credits: TAP Chatham
Ray Toth of Colonia with his second-place People's Choice Trophy for his 1974 DeTomaso Pantera Credits: TAP Chatham
Gil Fitzhush, 81, drove over his 1911 Stanley Steamer from New Vernon Credits: TAP Chatham
Paula and Chip DelCoro with the 1957 Ford Thunderbird that won the people's choice award at the Chatham Township PBA No. 170's Car Show at Chatham High Credits: TAP Chatham
Danny Klausner owns one of the five 1935 Hudson Terraplane's still in existence and uses it for his wedding business Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Detective Anthony LoPorto with his wife, Lauren, and sons Austin, 2, and Cole, 3, checked out the car show Credits: TAP Chatham
About 65 cars were entered in the second annual Chatham Township PBA No. 170 Car Show Credits: TAP Chatham
Some of the muscle at the second annual Chatham Township PBA No. 170 Car Show on Saturday Credits: TAP Chatham
1911 Stanley Steamer that gets 35 miles to a gallon of water Credits: TAP Chatham

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.

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"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  


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