CVR Car Show coming to Yankee Candle Saturday


  • Sharon Brainard, 67, of Canton, Connecticut, won the Best in Show trophy with her 1951 Pontiac Catalina at the Deerfield Lions Club’s 25th annual Antique and Classic Auto Show held at Yankee Candle Village in 2016. Brainard calls the car her “pride and joy,” and affectionately named it “Squaw.” FILE PHOTO/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • The 25th annual Deerfield Lions Club Antique and Classic Auto Show held in 2016 at Yankee Candle Village attracted 153 participants and hundreds of spectators.

  • Jonathan Cranston, then 42, his wife Carrie, 37, and his two sons Cyrus, 7, and Oliver, 6, all of Ashfield, won first place in the Vintage Fashion Show at the 25th annual Antique and Classic Auto Show organized by the Deerfield Lions Club in 2016. The family dressed to match their 1911 Cadillac Demi-Tonneau. FILE PHOTO/SHELBY ASHLINE

Staff Writer
Published: 7/18/2019 12:43:17 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Many of the vehicles that pack Yankee Candle Village’s parking lot this weekend will look a bit older than the minivans and SUVs typically seen at the landmark destination.

The 28th annual CVR Car Show is slated for Saturday, and organizers with the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Connecticut Valley Region expect 80 to 150 vehicles at the event, depending on weather.

Organizer John Johnson said this is the first year the show will be open to modern cars, which he elaborated on as being from the 1990s and 2000s, such as high-powered Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros. There will even be a Future Modern Collectible Car Award this year. Johnson said there will also be some trucks at the show.

It costs $15 to register a vehicle, with proceeds benefiting The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. It is free for spectators.

The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will be held rain or shine. There will be no bicycles, rollerblades, roller skates, scooters, skateboards or drones allowed on show grounds. No burnouts will be allowed, either.

Johnson said these shows often bring in many “Brass Era” vehicles (ones from the early 1910s). He said there will also be awards for various categories, such as best Ford, best muscle car, best General Motors vehicle and “People’s Choice,” as well as the top 25 Best of Show.

Organizer Peter James said the Deerfield Lions Club started the car show 28 years ago. This will be the third year the AACA’s Connecticut Valley Region has organized the event and the eighth year it will be at Yankee Candle, having previously been held at the Channing Bete Co.down the street.

Johnson said Yankee Candle has always been accommodating to his group.

“It’s a great venue to have a car show,” he said.

Johnson said he will enter his 1968 AMC AMX into the show, though it will not be judged because that is viewed as a conflict of interest. Johnson said the AMX is one of the few two-seat sports cars, besides the Corvette, manufactured in the United States around that time period. He said it is “pretty rare today,” noting that 106 national and world speed records have been set in an AMX.

Johnson, who grew up on the Erving side of Millers Falls, mentioned he had a charming introduction to the automotive world. He explained that when he was 12, he was playing catch when the ball went over an embankment and rolled down to a barn. When he retrieved the ball, he peeked inside the barn and saw a beautiful 1931 Packard coupe.

“I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to have a car similar to that one, or that car,’” Johnson recalled.

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