It was the 59th year of the event.
It was a day for memories as lovingly restored cars were on display Nov. 26 at Fortunato Park for the 59th Birthplace of Speed Antique Car Show. Produced by the Volusia Region Antique Automobile Club of America, no modified or custom cars were allowed.
Bob Traul came across a 1953 Olds convertible, the same model his dad owned when he was a boy.
“I can picture it sitting in the driveway,” he said.
He pointed out a feature that has faded with history, the headlights automatically dimmed from the bright setting when another car approached.
Mary Ann Echelberry, of Ormond Beach, was showing her 1973 Dodge Dart, which she restored. She said she enjoyed seeing people come up to her car and get a sparkle in their eye.
“That’s the reward of owning an old car,” she said.
But the show was more than just adults getting nostalgic. Michael Nichols, known as the Nascar Whiz Kid, was enjoying seeing how cars were made in the old days, along with his grandparents, Nancy and Clark Mead.
Nichols’ twitter and other social media accounts, NascarWhizKid, show photos of him with NASCAR drivers; and there are youtube videos of him interviewing drivers.
“I know everything about NASCAR,” he said. “It’s my life.”