The sounds of revving engines breaks the otherwise scenic atmosphere of Field six at Eisenhower Park.
A large crowd of gearheads and car enthusiasts walked over the small hill from parking Field five, still being able to see a long line of cars both modern and classic backed up onto Stewart Avenue and then some, half lined up to see the First Annual Cruise to the Show Car Show, the other half the remnants of the parade that stretched from the Supreme Court building down Stewart Avenue to the park.
While most car shows make it easy to tell which vehicles belong where - most are made up of either the classic or the concept - Sunday's show featured the current as well. Mustangs were found grazing beside Model T's, classic Cadillacs were berthed next to Chargers, and old GM ponies pranced next to their modern incarnations. More than 500 vehicles in all lined up and made the trek to Eisenhower Park.
The brainchild of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, R- Bethpage, the car show is an attempt to literally jump-start an annual event bringing car enthusiasts and accompanying sponsorships and business to the County. Though he is self described "classic car enthusiast," the county executive's loyalties did not stop him from driving his jet-black 2010 Chevy Camaro to the event.
The honor of leading the parade down Stewart Avenue to Eisenhower went to the oldest car in the show, a restored 1909 Alco-6 Racer that was the winner of both the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup races held on Long Island and whose race route took them down Jericho Turnpike. The car also ran in the inaugural Indy 500 race.
"We found that the car doesn't like to idle," owner Howard Kroplick said of the car known as "The Black Beast." The V6 is only one of 12 known to exist and was brought back to Long Island by Kroplick in December 2008 after it spent more than 25 years in Europe. Prior to that the car was housed at the Harrah's Automobile Museum in Tahoe until his death. "I made an offer and the guy the next day sent me an e-mail: 'thank you for your offer, we're insulted'," Kroplick laughed telling spectators how he came to acquire the racer. "I guess they're not used to an American negotiation policy."
Everyone who attended the show had a chance to judge the cars in several categories.
Check back later to see a complete list of winners.