Vintage car fans flock to downtown Aurora Auto Show – it’s ‘like looking through a window in time’ – Chicago Tribune
Aurora resident Herbert Carramza admitted there was plenty on his plate over the 4th of July long weekend, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t an hour or so available to enjoy. from a local car show.
“I’m going to hang out with friends and a barbecue and just left church, but I wanted to come see all the cars here,” Carramza said while walking along LaSalle Street in Aurora on Sunday morning. “I love everything, especially Camaros and all the classics. I’ve never owned (a Camaro) but I would love to have this one that I’m looking at.
The Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 once again hosted the 13th Annual LaSalle Street Historic Auto Show in downtown Aurora.
Funds raised at the event benefit the post’s efforts to support area veterans and provide scholarships for students.
A $15 entry fee was charged for each car at the show, and about half a dozen sponsors also contributed, organizers said. The event usually raises around $1,000.
Position Cmdr. Mike Eckburg said unlike some events held in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Legion has only had to cancel the auto show once, in 2020.
This year, it had to be brought forward for timing reasons.
“The show was always on the third Sunday in August, and we couldn’t have it then. So our only options were late October or July 3,” Eckburg said.
“We decided to have it this weekend and hope there will be enough people to come and see it and enough cars entered. We thought it would either be a boom or a bust.
In years past, the show has had “80 to 120 cars,” Eckburg said. That number, he said, would attract well over 500 people.
This year’s total reached just under 60 at the opening, which officials said “exceeded expectations.”
Among those who walked out when the four-hour event began was Aurora’s John Aister, who said he served in Vietnam.
“I love vintage cars. They take me back to when I was young,” he said. “I had a 1966 Malibu and I loved the car. Marines and I had to sell it. I know I could find another one if my wife let me have it. I’ve had two Corvettes before.
Randy Classert of Aurora said his dad had a Model A Ford when he was a kid.
“He had the rumble seat in the back,” he said. “I grew up in the 70s and saw a lot of cars back then. My neighbors were always fixing them. I think people keep coming to shows like this because the old cars, body shapes, you don’t see them all the time. I think everyone loves old cars – I know that. It’s a time and a place you can’t go back to.
This theme of traveling down memory lane was echoed by Aurora’s Hector Sanchez, 26, who said looking at old cars “was like looking through a window in time”.
” It is a surprise. I live here in the neighborhood and I had no idea this was happening today,” he said. “I had an old Camaro at one point. Considering the price of some of these cars, there are one or two that I would really like to have.
Aurora’s Juan Vasquez said to him that “the construction and design of the cars” were among the most appealing aspects of what he saw on Sunday.
“There’s just something about the way they were built before. You can tell there was a lot of craftsmanship in the way they were built and how they were made,” Vasquez said. “You can tell people were proud of them and happy with the product they were making, unlike today where it’s just a production line and everything is the same.”
Greg Clementz of Oswego said he believes classic cars will never go away.
“I have a candy red ’32 Ford with a Chevy engine and I think cars like this will be around for the next century,” he said. “We won’t be there, but I think our generation has respected and loved them and will pass them on to their children, who will keep them. I’ve had it in my garage for 50 years and I think there will always be a market for it.
David Sharos is a freelance journalist for The Beacon-News.