Every September the Bay State Auto Club presents a glimpse of some very impressive and rare automobiles. Unlike their early July event which is open to all types of classic cars and even to some new rare models, this event includes vehicles built strictly from 1893-1945.
Walking up to the mansion portico, there were several Model T's featured as Cars of the Show. They were early vintage models from 1910-1915 ranging from touring cars, coupes, trucks and beech wagons. Beside them was an impressive "one off" 1911 Stanley Steamer built by the car's inventor for his son. The dash board contained steam valve controls similar to a locomotive as well as a meter that measured the steam pressure inside the boiler.
Among other classics on display on the grounds was a '36 supercharged Auburn, a '27 Pierce-Arrow Coupe, a '37 Dodge Coupe, a '38 Dodge convertible and a '41 Hudson convertible.
Others included a '37 Hudson softop, a '37 Essex convertible with wooden spoke wheels, a '34 Hudson Terraplane, along with three Hudson Hornets from the 50's, two of which were in very good condition, while the other was a work currently in progress.
Under the trees in a second row was a '27 Studebaker Convertible and a '39 Plymouth Coupe with a rumble seat, and a '32 Ford Rod painted with a dull prime. Many Rat Rods wear a similar coat of paint, but this one looked to be an original. We got to say hello to Boston's Jon Diamond, a well known classic Cadillac collector who is a pillar of the Bay State Auto Club, one of the most well-known clubs in New England.
Spokesman for the club was Joe Taggart who said, "The club has been doing the two shows for 47 years." When asked about the turnout at around 10 a.m., Joe said, " We expect to see more cars coming because a lot of the owners have to take their time getting here." We assumed it was due to the drivers being of elderly age and that most of these early automobiles probably have to take back roads rather than inter-state ones. When some of those cars were built in the early 1900's, most of the roads were dirt. Paved roads, in those days, were limited to the downtown sections.
We later visited Dorchester Park where a local car club hosted a car show and picnic. There were about 50 cars on hand of all types mostly from 30's on up. Among them were a '66 Olds Tornado, a '57 Chevy, a '30 Model A Ford, a '80 Volvo and a '87 Datsun. One of the cars that was impressive was a '33 Chevy 4 door Sedan painted a pristine cream and tan two-tone. The interior appeared to be updated with close to its original seats and door panel covers, looking like it was just driven out of the showroom. It also appeared to be the featured car of the show.