MADISON – The threat of rain didn’t stop owners of antique cars from bringing them to Bottle Hill Day’s annual car show on Saturday, October 6.
Dozens of old cars in mint condition lined the parking lots on King’s Road near the Hartley Dodge Memorial.
Sam Bassolino, an employee of Madison Borough and resident of Florham Park, is proud of his 1984 Z-28 Camaro.
“The first generation (of Camaros) is beautiful,” he said, “but I love the third generation like this one.
When he bought the car it was in good condition, but it “needed love and the original rims,” Bassolino said.
The black Chevy is all black with a 305 engine and a five-speed manual transmission.
The Z-28 is brand new compared to Paul Mantone’s 1933 Chevrolet.
“I’ve always been a Chevy man,” he said. “A lot was done to this when I got it. It’s done up as a 1960s race car,” he noted, referring to the open hood. “It was called a gasser in the 60s,” he said.
A very different Chevrolet is the 1959 Apache pickup belonging to Matt DeFonzo of Summit. He’s only owned it for a couple of months. It was in good shape, he said, but he cleaned it up and did some malntenance. He also has a 1969 Camaro and his wife has a 1981 Firebird.
“All we need is another garage,” she commented.
A 1946 Mercury convertible is the pride and joy of Richard Mowbrey.
He’s owed the car for 10 years.
“It was cherry, I didn’t do much,” he said of the car that had been restored before he got it. But he’s been frustrated by not being able to pinpoint the original color of the car. He knows he’s close, but he just can’t find it. He also knows the convertible top was replaced at some point.
Admittedly a Ford man, Mowbrey has two Model Ts. One, a 1926, he bought in high school. More recently, he purchased a 1913 Model T in Morristown. He restored both.
Another Chevy man is Bob Nelson of Chatham who was there with his 1966 Chevelle Super Sport.
“It’s all original,” he said, noting he’s had it for about four years.
“It’s a Southern car,” he said, I bought it out of Tennessee, but it was originally built in Georgia. It doesn’t go outside for six months out of the year.”
Pat Fox has a very different kind of Chevy, an El Camino. His is a 1970. Chevrolet made the unusual station wagon/pickup truck hybrid from 1959 to the mid-1980s.
“Cadillac made one too, for rich ranchers,” he said.
“It’s a cult car, you hate it or love it,” he added.
Fox explained the car belonged to his brother who passed away. His sister-in-law didn’t have a need for it, so he is trying to sell it. He pointed out the wooden bed and the remote-control door openers that eliminated the need for door handles and give the car a smoother look.
Other notable cars included a candy-apple red 1966 Mustang, the definition of the term “chick magnet,” complete with red fuzzy dice. The discussion around the car was the working on a classic vehicle is the best way to keep a teenage boy out of trouble.