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Drive In the Fifties
Berlin's Annual Car Show

by Dan Crawford

There it is: A cream and sea foam green 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Coupe. A pristine dinosaur that still cruises the highway. That's what Berlin's Cruise into the Fifties annual car show seems to be all about.

Classic cars from various eras a represented from 1916 through the 1980s.

To say that the Drive In the Fifties is "a family event" takes on several meanings. Jim Reichert of Gorham pulls into a parking space in a long, elegant black car. It would be perfect on the set of The Godfather. It is a 1938 Packard Super Eight, and it actually belongs to his father, Edward Age 94. "This thing is a bit hard to park," Reichert says, "and I should know, I drive trucks on the Mount Washington Auto Road." When asked how it runs, he says "Great, my son Toby is a mechanic, and he just rebuilt the engine."

The event has everything you might expect: hot dogs, cotton candy and music from the era. A few surprises a thrown in, too. A group of about a dozen line dancers are swaying to the strains of Toby's Keith's song Beers Ago. There is an exhibit of a "work in progress" by the Groveton High School shop class that they are completing with the help of Bog Hollow Customs-a 1926 Chrysler hot rod with a 383 Magnum engine and a Torqueflight transmission.

Raymond Bergeron dressed in a top hat and tails, answers question about his 1916 Studebaker. It is a seven passenger touring convertible, painted cadet blue. Attached to the front grill is a plaster moose head. "You might have to be hunter to understand the moose" he says, "but maybe not. I took a plaster horse head, and modified it." The ingenuity and perseverance that it takes to rebuild and maintain classic car is obvious…the wheel hubs on a vehicle this old are made of wood, not steel, so replacing them is labor intensive.

Errol Decker pulls in silently into his space in a 1939 Nash Lafayette. The engine sounds like a brand new; however the appearance needs a bit of help. "It was last registered in 1951," Decker says, producing the registration from the huge glove box. "I bought it at a yard sale, as part of a package deal. I wanted the Porsche 944, but I had to take the complete, but unassembled Nash as part of the bargain." Decker runs Deckers Garage in Berlin. "I had to put it together, but it is all there."

Representing the Sixties, there is a silver blue 1964 Plymouth Savoy in perfect shape. The vehicle is equipped with Chrysler's quirky "push-button" automatic transmission. An aqua 1964 Chevrolet Nova with 38,000 original miles sits at a jaunty angle on Main Street. A 1963 Cadillac with an unbelievably shiny black paint job gleams in the sun.

The Brady Bunch era is represented by some bread and butter models, such as a 1972 Plymouth Valiant Scamp in olive green, and Rochelle and Richard Payeur's flashier "Big Green Machine," an enormous 1975 Buick Lasabre in a dark spruce color. It dwarfs the neighboring Model A. A champagne gold 1968 Mercury Park Lane convertible is on display, and offered for sale for $7900.

Derek Palmieri of the Gorham Fire Department demonstrates a 1916 Federal Fire engine to two mesmerized boys in painted faces. The truck is a time capsule, and is refinished beautifully. "It's a twenty year-old restoration, but it still looks good," says Palmieri, as his voiced is drowned out by the kids using the hand-crank siren. "If you look at the warranty plate on the dashboard, it reminds you that your warranty is null and void if you exceed fifteen miles per hour. It certainly was another time."


Scheduled Events

  PSU Symphonic Band   (3/14)
  Fundraising Dinner & Auction   (3/15)
  Peter Wolf   (3/15)
  Ultralight Backpacking   (3/15)
  BMW xDrive Experience   (3/16-18)
  Peter and Jeremy   (3/16)
  Dinner & Wine Benefit   (3/16)
  Phil Vassar   (3/17)
  Zoe & Cloyd   (3/17)
  Tax Changes for Individuals   (3/19)
  Walkabout Youth Arts   (3/21)
  Climate Change & Ski Industry   (3/22)
  The Lion King, Jr.   (3/22 - 4/1)
  April Verch   (3/23)
  Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio   (3/23)
  Tom Petty Tribute   (3/23)
  Community Contra Dance   (3/24)
  Nashville Celts   (3/24)
  Symphony Orchestra   (3/24)
  Why Do Animals Do That?   (3/24)
  Matt Haimovitz   (3/28)
  Al Jardine   (3/29)
  All New England Jazz Festival   (3/29)
  Giselle   (3/30 & 31)
  Cosí Fan Tutte   (3/31 & 4/1)
  Squirrel Nut Zippers   (3/31)
  Hot Tuna   (3/31)
  Dido and Aeneas   (4/3)
  Silk Road Ensemble   (4/5)
  The Grateful Ball   (4/6)
  War and Peace   (4/6 & 7)
  Fred Marple   (4/7)
  Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes  (4/7)
  Piano Master Class   (4/8)
  Sally Pinkas   (4/10)
  Fine Arts Exhibit   (4/10)
  A Dream Play   (4/12-15)
  Daymé Arocena   (4/12)
  Climbing, & Conservation   (4/13)
  Jake Shimabukuro   (4/13)
  Tommy Emmanuel CGP  (4/13)
  Luisa Miller   (4/14-15)
  Artimus Pyle Band   (4/14)
  Swing North Big Band   (4/14)
  Celia Chen   (4/17)
  Heifetz on Tour   (4/18)
  Anthony Hudson   (4/19)
  The Pillowman   (4/19-29)
  PSU Playwrights' Showcase   (4/19-21)
  Carbon Leaf   (4/20)
  Leslie Odom, Jr.   (4/20)
  Ukulele Orchestra   (4/20)
  Murder Mystery Weekend   (4/20-22)
  Devon Allman Project   (4/21)
  Mountains to the Sea   (4/22)
  The Shape of Water   (4/23)
  Downsizing   (4/24)
  La Bohème   (4/24 & 25)
  Inon Barnatan   (4/25)
  Barbara Edelman   (4/26)
  Dance Ensemble & Choir   (4/27 & 28)
  Land of Trash  (4/27)
  Cendrillon   (4/28-29)
  Cold Chocolate   (4/28)
  Dartmouth Gospel Choir   (4/28)
  Leo Kottke   (4/28)
  New Repertory Theatre   (4/28)

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