I drove the 100 miles or so to Naples, Florida, yesterday for the AACA Naples-Marco Island Region’s annual show at the historic depot. It was a nice day with great weather and a lot of interesting automobiles, including some beautiful mid-1930’s Packards and a row of American cars from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. The folks were very friendly and there was plenty of shade for those of us who get sunshine year-round.
There were a lot of nice comments about the Pontiac, most people saying they either had fond memories of family station wagons or how nice it was to see a car like that at show, noting that it’s rare to see a car of that type on display. I also made a lot of friends from Toronto who spotted the Ontario plates and asked if I kept the car down here, the assumption being that I, like a lot of Naples visitors, was a snowbird. I told them the story of the car being built at the GM of Canada plant in Oshawa, Ontario; hence the Ontario plates.
I put the car in for judging more for fun than anything else; the entry fee is the same. I was happy to win third place in American Production 1981-1990. The fact that there were only three cars in the class didn’t take away from the honor.