Local man founded the automobile club.
Bud Pike, 75, displayed a car he bought when he was 18 at the Birthplace of Speed Antique Car Show on Nov. 29 at Fortunato Park.
The shiny, perfectly restored car at the car show didn’t look like much when he towed it to his home near Boston.
“My mother said it was a piece of junk,” he said. “She asked, ‘how much did you pay for that?’”
It was the start of a lifelong hobby for Pike, who has towed home and restored many cars in his life. In 1967, he founded the Volusia Region Antique Automobile Club of America, which organized the show as well as the Gaslight Parade the night before. He is currently president of the association.
Originally from the Boston area, Pike is a former General Electric employee and Daytona Beach Community College teacher who has lived Ormond Beach for 50 years. Pike’s sons also restore cars, and his wife, Andrea, said she married into the hobby.