Bedford antique, classic car and truck show coming soon

Friday, August 2, 2013


Staff Writers

Paul Blanchette’s silver-jade 1969 Ford Mustang is a gorgeous classic car, but what’s behind the wheel sometimes gets more attention, especially from kids – a robot named Louie the Hippy that’s dressed in a tied-dyed shirt, beads and John Lennon shades and who flashes a peace sign and talks to passersby.

If it doesn’t rain on Aug. 10, Blanchette will bring his car, and maybe the robot, to the Bedford Historical Society’s eighth annual Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show.

Blanchette, who teaches robotics at a technical school, has been to the Bedford show a couple times before, and in 2011, Louie helped him win the show’s “Best Dressed” award.

He likes the fact that the event gets a good crowd and there are many different kinds of vehicles.

“It’s nice to walk around and look at other cars and talk to people,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity to pick their brains.”

New location pleasant, but parking a challenge

The show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Bedford Village Common, at the intersection of Route 101 and Bell Hill Road.

Over the years, the high school parking lot was the usual venue, and the change is making logistics more challenging for show organizers, because they are using remote parking lots.

But it will be a more pleasant experience for car owners and spectators, said Matt Surette, of the Bedford Historical Society, who is running the show this year, because the large grassy field will keep everything cooler.

Registration and admission

Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and registration on the day of the event is $10.

Owners of cars checked in by 10 a.m. will be entered in a drivers’ raffle and eligible for a prize valued at $50. Show cars should enter the park through a driveway at the rear of the parking lot of the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road.

Organizers promise plenty of signs for the convenience of show participants.

An admission fee of $5 per person benefits the Bedford Historical Society. Youngsters younger than age 12 are welcome to attend for free.

Seven categories

There are seven categories, so there are many chance for trophies and prizes. Awards will go to Best of Show, Kids’ Choice, Favorite Truck, Favorite Antique, Favorite Muscle Car, Favorite Hot Rod and Favorite Motorcycle.

Raffles, a kids’ scavenger hunt, food and beverages will spice up the day for all ages.

This year will see the debut of a new event, a Poker Run that is open to everyone whether traveling by car, truck, motorcycle or other transport.

Participants will pay a $10 entry fee and depart from the parking lot at the Bedford Town Offices, 24 North Amherst Road, at 8:30 a.m. and travel to five Bedford locations. Each stop participants will draw a poker card and the best hand wins.

Last year, Tom Crompton, of Bedford, won Best Motorcycle for his 1948 Indian Chief. Best Hot Rod went to Mark Vaillancourt, of Manchester, for his 1966 Chevy Nova SS. Merrimack’s Larry Decato took Best Truck for his 1950 Ford F1 Pickup.

Best in Show went to Bedford’s Mike Pstragowski, for his 1952 Chevy station wagon.

The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 11,

For more information, visit or contact organizers via email at CarShow@Bedford

For information by phone, call 471-6336.

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