SEEKONK, MA - With a panorama offering a range of crusty and dusty to waxed and stacked, and a day in April offering mid-July weather, the 2009 New England Dustoff came and went. This annual car show - my first - held at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts, was held this year on the 26th of April. Attracting people from all ethnic backgrounds, any age, and of each gender, this event offered visual stimulation as well as a haven for new philosophies: rusty can be just as valuable as shiny; Heidi Klum isn’t the German model being referred to; the do-it-yourself ethos doesn’t refer to knitting circles; and what’s beautiful may be outside, but it’s what’s inside that most flock to first.
Check out the slide show below or keep scrolling to see individual photos and the (silly, cheesy, amateur) comments/captions that accompany them.
Carlos and his friends inspect the engine
‘Okay, family vacation time, part I [I guess?]’,
Hey, does that engine also play notes?
Tom from Warwick looks on and participates from within his car. It’s a different view with a floating hood.
Ian: This is a turbo engine. This makes it go fast.
Reza Rites: What makes it go fast? Ian: This.
‘Okay, family vacation time, Part II [I guess],’
But Dan backs it up and explains it to his friends. ‘It sounds like sex in a square back. It is the best car here.’
Omar, with his mohawk and orange striped shirt, can definitely appreciate this one.
What happens on bumps? It is so low to the ground!
Look at the Portugal banner. I call this one ‘I love Iberia.’
Don’t mind me; I just came back from that Miami Vice photo shoot.
All dogs go to heaven. And to car shows. And they like Miami Vice cars, huh?
The seatbelts are just for show. Miami Vice is all about action! (Okay, I’m Done.)
Okay, family vacation time, part III (and something I can really feel confident about, by looks anyway.)
Orange you glad I didn’t say bananas? Or Volkswagens?
Okay, okay, for real this time. Does this one [engine] play notes?
Entering Audi Country.
Who you callin’ two-toned?
Ready for the war.
Is that a… yes, that’s a grenade on the side of Nate’s car. Plus, he’s got navigator sunglasses on!
Yeah. Definitely ready for the war.
Rubber ducky, you’re the one. Well, you and GTI’s.
You thought it was a Saab too, didn’t you. Nope, according to my guru, this is a 1980’s VW Jetta!
These boots are made for walkin’…
RI’s original “Black Dubbers.”
Okay, family vacation time, part IV (and ooohh, seems like it’ll be roomy.)
A little rust because you can’t forget where you came from.
Wait, you’re not alone are you…
Oh, I see: Welcome to Beatle/Bug Country
I used to paint my nails this color.
‘I think Red is the New Black.’
I concur fine sir.
To the left, as Carlos and his friends analyze his engine, I take a look at the Bob Marley sticker. To the right, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with extra wheels out front, this audi owner knows it.
To the right, Jay from Cranston, RI poses in front of his blue baby. If you take a look at his engine, it’s really Blue on Blue.
To the left: Let me get this straight, then, none of these engines play notes, per se, but they all hum, buzz, and grind. Still sounds musical.
To the left, Corey: This is what they call Rat Rod. Reza: Rat Rod? Why? Because of the checker board? Corey: No, it just is.
To the right: All Hail the Queen.
To the right: Okay, family vacation time, part V. Roomy, airy…I think we found it!!
Can you spot the differences?