Car Show celebrates 50 years of camaraderie and Americana

By Christopher McDermott

SHEFFIELD — The muscle cars of mid-century America can drive an entire generation back to the days of their youth, but the enthusiasm for a car with personality or just a Labor Day weekend with friends is timeless.

Old Yankee Street Rods, a club of classic car enthusiasts based in Great Barrington, assembled their 50th car show on the green fields outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Sheffield. Well over 300 classic hot rods, antiques and novelty cars welcomed spectators, joined by local food vendors and a soundtrack of Americana staples.

“It’s hard to stay a grown up when your mind’s in this vicinity, with these cars,” said Tom Gage, club vice president. “There’s a little bit of kid in each of us.”

The proceeds from the event help the club support a local scholarship and a few other charitable causes. The club only has about a dozen members but it pulls support from organizations throughout the community.

“We always have volunteers coming from out of the woodwork, like the Great Barrington Firefighters’ Association,” said Poly Lanoue, club president.

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