By Richard Lentinello

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD LENTINELLO AND TERRY McGEAN

The timing was perfect for us to run down to Sturbridge from our headquarters in Bennington, Vermont, to attend the 2010 National Meet of the Oldsmobile Club of America. This town in southern Massachusetts is well known for being home to Old Sturbridge Village, which provides a glimpse into life back in the days of old New England. A more fascinating location to keep the family occupied while Dad detailed his Olds for the big show would be hard to find.

Throughout the afternoon on Friday, July 23, a light rain kept outside activities to a minimum, but because this was the day of their big car show, the judging went on. The entire gang that makes up the New England Oldsmobile Club did a bang-up job inspecting all the cars on the show field quickly and thoroughly, to the delight of many car owners.

Although the majority of cars were 4-4-2s and Cutlasses of the late-'60s to 1972, there were several Colonnade models on display, as well as the later G-body models. Full-size Oldsmobiles were limited in numbers, but those that were on display were of great interest, as were the few '50s and '40s models.

Next year's meet will be held on the opposite side of the country, in Reno, Nevada, on July 27-31. The members of the Northern California Oldsmo-bile Club will be doing all the work to host this national meet, including making arrangements for a relaxing dinner cruise on Lake Tahoe, a visit to the National Automobile Museum in Reno and a tour of the nearby historic gold-mining town of Virginia City. The host hotel will be the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, where club members will be able to stay for just $69 per night. For more details, visit the club's website at www. oldsclub.org, or call 517-663-1811.

The bright Sebring Yellow paint and black hood stripes with red highlights In the modified class was Ed Malavarca's fantastic-looking 1966 4-4-2 mean only one model: a 1970 Rallye 350. They are owned by Steve Jacques convertible. Packing a 400-cu.in. V-8 punch, it was a real standout, thanks of East Hartford, Connecticut, and Jim Giacalore of Franklin, Massachusetts. to the desirable combination of its striking bronze paintwork and white top.

The bright Sebring Yellow paint and black hood stripes with red highlights In the modified class was Ed Malavarca's fantastic-looking 1966 4-4-2 mean only one model: a 1970 Rallye 350. They are owned by Steve Jacques convertible. Packing a 400-cu.in. V-8 punch, it was a real standout, thanks of East Hartford, Connecticut, and Jim Giacalore of Franklin, Massachusetts. to the desirable combination of its striking bronze paintwork and white top.

With only 906 made, the 1969 Hurst-Olds 455 is one of the most sought-after muscle cars of all time. example. Original price: $6. These two white and gold beauties are owned by Joe Place of Charlotte, Michigan, and Dr. Lawrence Simpson of Southold, New York.
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