NORWALK, Conn. The same question was heard several times Wednesday night at Calf Pasture Beach: What's that?
In one case, the answer was a 1926 Model T Ford. Norwalker Don Morey bought it three years ago, and he loved showing it off at the car show held in the beach parking lot, near the sounds of "The Royal Kings." More than 3,000 people attended the show, according to Mayor Richard Moccia.
"That's absolutely gorgeous," one woman said to Morey over and over as she studied the Model T's gleaming paint job and the mechanics that make the old car go. Morey showed off the crank that was originally used to start the carit has a modern starter now. She loved it when he blew the horn.
His wife, Peggy Ann Morey, stood by his side in a flapper outfit, a dress she was wearing for the first time. Morey said he has a gangster costume coming in the mail. They like to drive the car around their East Norwalk neighborhood.
Ron Levasseur of Norwalk showed off a 1930 Model A, although it wasn't his. He had a 1931 Chevy parked nearby. It was stock, meaning all the equipment was original.
He had noticed a monster truck parked at the end of the row, painted elaborately in purple tones. "What is that thing?" he wondered.
Adding to the variety of vehicles was a low-to-the ground white car. An onlooker wondered what it was, but the only clue was the license plate: It would have read "Early American," but the car's owner substituted "Hardly American."
Phyliss Gaucher's Elvis Car was well-marked. Gaucher, a Waterbury resident who was born and raised in Norwalk, had a photo album with the car, several newspaper articles and a framed, autographed picture of Elvis. It was her fifth Elvis car, the Elvis fan said, meaning it was a car she had decorated in honor of The King. Gaucher, an artist, had etched Elvis' likeness into the back side windows of the Grand Prix.
She explained the Elvis car simply. "It's my car, I'm an Elvis fan."
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