Monday, August 14, 2006

Car Show Supporting Edgartown Parent Teacher Organization

On Saturday, August 12th, the Edgartown PTO hosted their first ever car show. My dear friend, Rob Young, aka Robert A. Young Electrical Contractors was the guiding light behind this unusual event. We all know that most people on Martha's Vineyard, especially those living here year round could give a tinker's damn about cars beyond getting them, their kids, fishing gear and their tools from here to there. However, there are some pretty neat cars squirreled away in barns and garages around this Island.

Rob has a pristine BMW Z3 M Roadster that is a Sunday driver, and I have a '95 Chevy Caprice wagon that is driven even less than that. What's so special about a Chevy WAGON and what does this have to do with real estate. Well, I admit this is a digression from my normal discourse, but this WAGON used to be my real estate car until my increasingly obsessive hobby ran away with me and it was no longer suitable as a sedate house touring car. Another friend of mine who happens to be a home inspector has a '63 Corvette split-window coupe that's fully restored, and a 2003 Z06 "Arrest Me Red"Corvette with 405 HP. We all dusted off our cars, hoped they'd start and got together to support this event on the most beautiful day of this summer. There were over 40 cars in attendance at the show.

I bought my wagon new in '95 and worked on it for about 7 years. I blame my folly on a semi-retired race car engine builder, Ray Baker, who became a client of mine and to whom I sold a house in Oak Bluffs a number of years ago. I also credit a lot of my insanity to the encouragement and support of my many friends in several Impala Super Sport clubs around the country. Thanks to Ray and the Impala guys, I've spent tens of thousands of dollars and equally as many hours making my WAGON the unique "Grocery Getter" that it is today. I started a trend. I guess all that love and effort paid off on Saturday, because I actually won an award at the car show. It wasn't my first award, but this was special to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad you had a good time! I worked with Rob planning the event and we are already planning for next year. Any thoughts, suggestions greatly appreciated.
betsy hauck

3:21 PM  
Blogger SplitRock Real Estate, Peter C. Fyler said...

Hi Betsy,
I think what you did was a wonderful way to raise money and inspire young people. I met a lot of nice people I'd never spoken to before who love cars as much as I do. I am sure next year's event will be even better and attract more of everything. I'd be pleased to collaborate on the next event and will certainly offer my thoughts.

3:29 PM  

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