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Connecticut contributions – Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Series of shows created to help kids learn about car restoration

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Owner Bill Stanley showed his ultra-rare 1935 Chrysler Airstream C6, which replaced the Airflow before it. It’s powered by a 95-horsepower straight-six flathead displacing 241.5 cubic inches. This sensational Chrysler will be on display at the Hemmings Concours in Lake George in September. Photography by the author.

Just south of Connecticut’s capital city of Hartford, in the town of New Britain, resides the Klingberg Family Center complex. Its hilltop location is ideal for a car show as it produces cool breezes throughout the day, just like it had on Saturday, June 15 during the Pre-War Concours for 1942 and older automobiles.

Over 1,100 spectators came out to view the 175 classics on display, to help support the goodwill of the Klingberg Family Center, and to meet the show’s Grand Marshall, Wayne Carini, who was there with his daughter Lindsay.

Hupmobile was the show’s featured marque, and with noted Hupmobile collector Dave Romani living close by, he brought several notable examples, including this 1938 Model ES 822. The 1941 Hupmobile Skylark is owned by Brian Spear.


This Hupmobile is a 1934 Model J and is one of several cars that the kids in the Kingberg Auto Restoration program work on.

As noted on their website: “Founded in 1903, Klingberg Family Centers is a private, nonprofit multi-service agency providing help to thousands of persons across Connecticut each year. Our goal is to extend hope and healing to children and families whose lives have been traumatized by abuse and/or neglect in its various forms, severe family problems and mental health issues. Through an array of group care, special education, foster care and community programs, children and parents are given the encouragement and skills they need to function more effectively at home, in school and in their community.”

Host of Chasing Classic Cars TV show Wayne Carini brought his sensational, and oh so tough looking, 1928 Stutz BB Blackhawk Speedster.


Striking in its orange and yellow-painted Dietrich coachwork, this 1929 Packard 645 dual-cowl Phaeton was shown by owner Kevin Ray.

Hosting three car events throughout the summer season is one of the many ways this worthy institution raises money to sustain its program, one of which is their Auto Restoration Program. This special program “exposes high school students to the craft of automobile restoration with the goal of providing them with hands-on work experience and job skills. Many of these students come from homes where they have never been exposed to even the simplest of tools and have never used a lawn mower or power tool. Others come with some skills already, and they can get right into our exciting restoration projects. There are often several projects going on simultaneously. If students show a certain level of proficiency and interest, they have the opportunity to apprentice with local auto body shops, and graduates have gone on to employment in the automotive industry.”

This 1931 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron is one of only 85 dual-cowl Phaetons built; it was shown by owners Kathy and Charles Hand.


Perhaps the rarest car on display was this one-of-one 1931 Cadillac V-16 with coachwork by Lancefield of London. Noted Cadillac collector Dick Shappy is its owner.

The final show of Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Series will be held on Saturday, September 21. Keep in mind that this show is a half-day event, running from 9:00 a.m. to noon only, so get there early. And remember, all proceeds go to the help the kids. For more details go to:

1922 Hupmobile four-door Touring car, owned by Dale Russell.


1930 Hupmobile Model H Murray Convertible, owned by David Romani.


1931 American Austin Panel Delivery, owned by Chris Germana.


1922 American LaFrance firetruck, owned by John Gasper.


1932 Packard 302, owned by Richard Cantwell.


1932 MG J2, owned by Allan Warner.


1930 Plymouth Model U, owned by Steve Varhol.


1928 REO Flying Cloud, owned by Bill Needham.


1932 Pierce-Arrow Twelve-Cylinder Sport Tourer, owned by Lou Biondi.


1909 Buick, owned by Joyce and Jerry Chase.