The Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware sits on a sprawling 235 acre wooded plot alongside the historic Brandywine Creek. The property is the site of several restored mills and Eleutherian Mills, the ancestral home and gardens of the duPont family. The Brandywine was a willing provider of water power which enabled the early gunpowder and flour mills to operate. I as drove onto the property, I could not help but to be awestruck at the natural beauty of the creek as it winds around the centuries old stone and brick structures. Resplendent vistas met the eye around every corner. But alas, I am not the Scenic River Examiner, I am the Classic Car Examiner so lets get on with the show…
This year’s Hagley Museum Car Show featured compact cars from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. The general showfield was packed with all types of antique and classic cars as well as rods and trucks of assorted vintages. Represented at the event were the Brandywine Region Antique Automobile Club of America, Chester County Antique Car Club, Historical Car Club of Pennsylvania, Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware, Yesterdays Chevrolet, First State Corvair Club, and the First State Ford Mustang Club.
The sun drenched spectators enjoyed pedal-powered go-kart racing, a NASCAR simulator, two vehicle parades, a DJ spinning motoring music, festival food and a room full of fabulous operating vintage jukeboxes. The event was well organized and well attended…what a wonderful way to spend some time on a fall Sunday!
The compact cars were featured and their quality and diversity did not disappoint. Long having outgrown the ability to actually fit inside and drive one of these, I was nevertheless intrigued as these are not your everyday car show fare. The exhibit started with a pair of 1951 models, a Kaiser Henry J and a Crosley Super Wagon. Next up were a pair of diminutive Nash Metropolitans, in coupe and convertible form. A 1960 Rambler American welcomed visitors to “Rambler Row”, which included a later issue American along with an AMX, two Pacer models and a Gremlin.
Next up on the tour was a fleet of four Chevrolet Corvairs. This is the 50th anniversary of the model and the 1968 Fitch Spider was a treat to see. Several Novas were next followed by a trio of early GM convertibles, a 1963 Pontiac Tempest LeMans, a 1962 Buick Skylark and a 1962 Olds F-85. Rounding out the feature display was the Ford contingent with a nice grouping of Falcons including four Sprints in coupe, convertible, wagon and sedan delivery versions.
The video slideshow documents each of these compacts and I will return later in a week with a video of the rest of the general showfield. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya down the road…
PS: A reminder for those of you that plan to be in the Poconos this upcoming weekend, September 24-26, the Goodguys Car Show will be at the Pocono Raceway. It is a huge show and one the whole family will enjoy. Check your local papers for more information.