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Madison Exchange is proud to announce the 
37th Annual Madison Independence Day Parade!
The 2016 commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam war
...and, The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association was there to take part!

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The East Haven Police Union's 8th Annual Classic Car Show
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The 22nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show

Quinnipiac University hosted the 22nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show on Sunday, May 29, 2016 located at its Mount Carmel Campus.

 

This annual event is sponsored by the Hamden Police Department and the Connecticut Classic Chevy Club. The show featured an abundance of classic cars, food vendors, prizes and live music. The show was open to all cars and trucks up to the model year 1986. 

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Albertus Magnus Criminal Justice Camp 

The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association was happily invited again this year to participate in the 7th Albertus Magnus College Criminal Justice Camp, which took place on the Albertus campus, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The camp is a free, one-day event for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in criminal justice. The Program features sessions in crime scene evaluation, the K-9 program, critical decision making and ethical awareness. The Camp also gives potential students an overview of possible career paths, paired with in-person testimonials from Albertus criminal justice alumni, that will help students to acquire a strong sense of where an Albertus degree in criminal justice can lead them. The College’s alumni work in a variety of agencies, including Special Victims Units, State Police and the F.B.I. - E.V.P.C.A. members Frank Palmeri, Andy Barati, Kevin Cormack, Ted Stockmon and Mike Mangini were on hand to speak with the students about their experiences with law enforcement and help promote law enforcement history by displaying their vintage and special interest police cars. Continued...


The Seymour Lions Club’s 46th Annual Benefit Car Show

 

The Seymour Lions Club’s 46th Annual Benefit Car Show was held on October 18, 2015. The show took place on the grounds of the Microboard Processing Corporation, 4 Progress Ave., Seymour, Connecticut. Hundreds of antique, vintage and special interest vehicles came from all over Connecticut and beyond to participate in this very special event. The annual event celebrates our nation’s veterans and their great sacrifice for our nation. Many spectators came to admire the numerous classic vehicles and support the event that honors our military veterans. Continued...


Bob Ducharme

The Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Criminal Justice Program started in the fall of 2014. The Criminal Justice Program was added to 15 other technical and vocational programs offered at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. With over 100 years of providing quality education to students from throughout Western Massachusetts, the school became the first, and currently only, to offer criminal justice in the region. Students in the program receive instruction on a wide variety of topics. They learn about constitutional law, criminal law, investigative procedure, the court process, and the role of corrections. Additionally, they regularly participate in hands on training in defensive tactics and physical conditioning. Upon completion, students will be prepared to continue their studies at college or enter a career in a field that is both demanding and rewarding. On Sunday, September 27, 2015 the first annual 911 Showcase Car Show took place on the vocational school grounds. The event showcased many area police departments and the various law enforcement equipment used by them. Continued… 


The 73rd Annual North Haven Fair, North Haven, Connecticut.

 

It was an outstanding experience for all who came to the North Haven Fair. The fair started on Thursday, September 10th and ran until Sunday the 13th. Despite some of the weather interruptions, families came to enjoy the end of summer festivities and experience everything the fair had to offer. There was a lot to see including elephants, pony rides, livestock, crafts, carnival rides. Prizes were given for numerous categories including homegrown vegetables, homemade jams, crafts and arts. There were non-stop 50/50 raffles throughout the four day event. Fairgoers were treated to live bands and entertainment nightly with plenty of food available for the hungry fair goers to eat and drink. Fresh lemonade, as in years past, was one of the fair's extraordinary favorites. For the second year, members of the vintage police car group, Eastern Vintage Police Car Association, occupied building number one and were enthusiastically greeted by many of the fair patrons. The group passed out memorabilia and paper badges to the eager and excited children, and gave a tour and history of the police vehicles that were on display for all the delighted attendees. As always the fair was well received and appreciated by all who attended. North Haven Police Officer Ted Stockmon, a member of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association, said "The fair is a great venue for our members to help promote law enforcement history and maintain positive community relations". Continued...


Image result for newtown labor day paradeThe 2015 Labor Day Parade!

"Celebrating the Fine Art Of Newtown"

Thousands of people lined the streets at the center of Newtown, Connecticut to celebrate their Annual Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 7th. The crowds were eagerly awaiting the many marching bands, floats, dancers, musicians, scouts, fire trucks and tractors that were participating in this year's parade. This year, the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association also participated with their members displaying vintage and special interest police cars. The parade lined up on Main Street and proceeded down Glover Avenue to the grandstand and big finally on Queen Street. Continued...


The 8th Annual Labor Day Weekend North Haven Police Department Car Show took place on September 6, 2015 and was held at North

Haven High School located at 221 Elm Street, North Haven, Connecticut. Over three hundred show car and truck owners attended the show from all across the state and New England on a beautiful sun filled day. The show featured plenty of food, drinks and ice cream from various vendors including the PBA's own booth that served hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the event. A DJ served up all the music including some oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The PBA sponsored a well-received 50/50 raffle with plenty of door prizes for all. Numerous trophies were given out to the winners of the many categories of vintage and classic vehicles. Around 1300hrs lights and sirens filled the air as a large vintage police car procession took part in a mock car chase after a “Smokey and the Bandit” look-a-like Pontiac Firebird. The “low speed” procession left the high school grounds and entered the nearby Rt. 40 connector that extends into the Town of Hamden, then returned back to the high school grounds where they were received with cheering and applause. Another great show by the North Haven PBA. Continued...


Image result for Annual Sgt. Jeffrey Boucher Memorial Auto, Bike and Truck ShowThe 9th Annual Sgt. Jeffrey Boucher Memorial Auto, Bike and Truck Show! 

The 9th Annual Sgt. Jeffrey Boucher Memorial Auto, Bike and Truck Show took place on Sunday, August 23rd 2015. The annual memorial car show is held to honor the memory of Sgt. Boucher as well as to support the scholarship fund established in his memory. Jeffrey proudly served his country as a United States Marine and then went on to serve his community as a Meriden Connecticut Police Officer before his tragic death in 2006. Continued... 



The First Annual Firefighters Carnival & Parade!

A fundraiser for the North Haven Fire Department, was held on July 24 through the 26th at the North Haven fairgrounds, North Haven, Connecticut. The event featured amusement rides, games, food and a firefighter's parade, which took place on Saturday afternoon, July 25, 2015. The parade began at the Quinnipiac University Campus, North Haven, and headed down Bassett Road and Pool Road before entering the North Haven fairgrounds. North Haven Fire Department personal pulled their antique 1911 hand drawn hose cart in the parade grabbing the attention and applause from the many parade spectators. Fire departments from Southbury, Derby, Middletown, Groton, Newington, Middlebury, Kent, East Haven and North Madison also took part in the parade. Miss Connecticut Teen Kristina McKinney, the daughter of North Haven fire department volunteer Tony McKinney, took part in the parade riding in her dad’s convertible, a 2013 Roush Mustang GT. Live music from area bands could be heard at the fairground, while the crowd enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and kielbasa along with many other fair delights that were offered by the food trucks and local restaurants.   Continued...

 


The Connecticut State Police

Training Academy Youth Week Graduation

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Madison Exchange Independence Day Parade

The Exchange Club Of Madison, Connecticut

Presents The 36th Annual Independence Day

Parade

Saturday July 4, 2015 Continued...


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6th Annual Criminal Justice Summer

 

Camp.

 

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Albertus Magnus College held their 6th Annual Criminal Justice Summer Camp. Members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association spoke with over 160 future law enforcement and forensic science students. The Criminal Justice Camp is geared towards incoming high school seniors and juniors interested in the field of criminal justice. The program, which started at 10:00 a.m. and ended at3:00 p.m., was located on the Albertus Magnus Campus in New Haven, Connecticut. Some of the events of the day included a mock crime scene investigation, introduction to the K-9 program, Fingerprinting 101 and eye witness testimonial. Continued...


 

The 2015 North Haven, Connecticut

 

 

 "Memorial Day Parade"

 

Thousands of parade attendees and participants gathered Saturday morning in celebration of our nation’s veterans, past and present. The parade participants gathered at the Bailey Middle School and made their way north onto Maple Avenue where the event gathered applause and cheers until it concluded on the North Haven Green in front of the Memorial Town Hall. Leading the parade on this sun filled day, was the American Legion Color Guard followed by a large group of WWII veterans of the United States Army and Navy. Other participants in the parade included North Haven High School students and their band, The North Haven girls' softball team, The North Haven boys' baseball team, and many of North Haven soccer teams. Various bands and drum corps were also present playing a variety of colonial and patriotic music. The bands who attended were, The Landcraft Fife & Drum, The Stony Creek Fife & Drum, The Marquis of Granby Fife & Drum, The Gaelic Pipe Band, The Connecticut Valley Field Music and The Milford Fife & Drum. Also in attendance were many new and vintage fire trucks and police cars, including the very popular "Eastern Vintage Police Car Association" with their vintage and special interest police vehicles. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro marched along with many of the North Haven town officials gathering many waves and applause. It was a beautiful day in May to celebrate our Country's many veteran heroes. Continued...


21st Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show!

The annual event held Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm is sponsored jointly by the Hamden Police Department and the Connecticut Classic Chevy Club. The show featured classic cars, vintage police cars and fire trucks, food vendors, prizes and a live band playing an array of contemporary and classical music. As in previous years, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, hosted the show on their beautiful campus, which was turned into a showcase of classic tributes and memories. The 21st annual “Memorial Weekend Car Show” got underway attracting thousands of people. This car show has become a Hamden tradition every Memorial Day weekend and it all began approximately 21 years ago. Originators of the event, George Civitelli and Jack Kennelly, were both high school buddies who wanted to run a car show in the Hamden area, basically to raise money for local charities. “The first year we had about 350 cars and it’s grown into what you see here today,” said George, one of the Classic Chevy Club organizers. This year the event attracted more than 800 cars and roughly 4,000 spectators. Participants from all over the greater New England area brought their vintage, classic and special interest vehicles to the show. “The cars that we get are all top quality cars and collectively, they are worth millions of dollars,” George told us. But this car show has also been a driving force when it comes to giving back. Over the course of 21 years, it has raised more than $500,000. Every year the money that’s raised goes to several local area charities. The Northeast Vintage Police Car Association which has attend this extraordinary show for the last 5 years as a group, brought their Vintage and Classic Police Vehicles to display. Officer Ted Stockmon, one of the E.V.P.C.A. members told us. “It’s been a terrific venue each and every year that we have attended. We’ve never been disappointed. It’s a well run organized event that attracts a lot of really nice cars, and people. Our group looks forward to it every year.” Continued...


2014 Columbus Day Parade, North Haven, CT2014 Columbus Day Parade - North Haven, Connecticut

 

Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas happened on October 12, 1492, 552 years ago. The arrival of Columbus marked the beginning of recorded history in America and opened relations between theAmericas and the rest of the world. On Sunday October 12, 2014, Columbus Day was happily celebrated in the Town of North Haven, Connecticut. The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association was honored to be invited, and take part in this historic parade. The parade participants left the North Haven Middle School at 1:00 p.m. located at 55 Bailey Road traveled to Maple Avenue and continued north to Church Street past the Town Hall reviewing stand and Green, then ending on Broadway Ave. Continued...


Honeywell/Fire Lite's 1st Annual Cruise For The Juvenile Diabetes

 

 Foundation was held at the Honeywell/Fire Lite's manufacturing

 

complex in Northford, Connecticut.

 

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The 9/11 Never Forget Traveling Exhibit

 

In 2013, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation created a traveling exhibit as a tribute to all those who lives were sacrificed on September 11, 2001.  The 9/11 NEVER FORGET traveling exhibit is also a tool to educate America’s youth about the historic events of that took place that day. The memorial provides an interactive education and includes artifacts, news and video recording, and live tours from FDNY heroes. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring WE NEVER FORGET and that America’s youth understand the sacrifice of many on that tragic day. On Monday September 15, 2014 the rolling exhibit made it's way to the Brewster High School, in Brewster, NY. The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association was honored to be asked to participate in the exhibit's escort. Continued...


Welcome to the 72nd Annual North Haven Fair

 

The North Haven Fair, North Haven, CT., completed a successful four day run Sunday, August 31, 2014 and attracted over 60,000 visitors, included everything from live music to exciting rides, tempting food and animal exhibits and, the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association was there. Continued...

 


The Seymour Lions Club 45th Annual Benefit Car Show

The Seymour Lions Club 45th Annual Benefit Car Show

 

 took place on  Sunday, October 19, 2014.

 

As in years past, the event was held at the MPI Corporation,  Silvermine Industrial Park, 4 Progress Avenue, Seymour, Connecticut. Although the skies were cloudy and the temperature hovered in the low 50’s throughout the  morning hours, the car hobbyist participation and spectator turnout was strong. Activities  included live music and refreshments including hot dogs and hamburgers, sausage and  pepper subs, ice cream, coffee and much more. A 50/50 raffle was also held. Numerous  “People’s Choice” trophies were awarded to the cars in various categories. Entry fee was $10  per car, with a portion of the proceeds  going to support local charities. The judged show featured many antique, custom, stock, hot rod, and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association were also in attendance with their classic and special interest police cars. Continued.


2014 Meriden Markham Fly-In Public Safety

 

 Festival Meriden, Connecticut

 

The 2014 Meriden Markham Airport Fly-In and Public Safety Festival was held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9am to 3pm at the Meriden Markham Airport, 213 Evansville Ave., Meriden. The event featured an airplane judging contest, Eagle I - Stratford Police Search Rescue Helicopter, The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association with their vintage and antique police vehicles, Meriden police, fire and ambulance displays ,food, music, free tethered hot-air balloon rides and much, much more. Continued...


The North Haven Police Department Police Benevolent

Association's 7th Annual Car Show!

The show, which took place on August 31, 2014, was held at North Haven High School located at 221 Elm Street, North Haven, Connecticut. Many vintage, classic car and truck enthusiasts attended the show from all across the State and New England. The activities for kids were plentiful, including face painting and games. The show featured plenty of food, drinks and ice cream from various vendors including the PBA's own booth that served hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the event. A DJ provided all the music including some oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The PBA sponsored a well-received 50/50 raffle and plenty of door prizes for all. Numerous awards and trophies were given out to the winners of the many categories of vintage and classic vehicles. Around noon lights and sirens filled the air as a large vintage police car procession took part in a mock car chase after a “Smokey and the Bandit” look-a-like Pontiac Firebird. The “low speed” procession left the high school grounds and entered the nearby Rt. 40 connector that extends into the Town of Hamden, then returned back to the school grounds where they were received with cheering and applause. Another great show by the North Haven PBA.  Continued...

Tune by Tuna Auto And Bike Show Celebrates 30 Years!

Founded 30 years ago by Charles “Tuna” Sumares. Vintage and classic car

enthusiasts from all over the East Coast continue to support the

Springfield Shriner's Children's Hospital through the

"Tune by Tuna Car and Bike Show!".

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The Willows 2nd Annual Auto Show!

The 2nd Annual Auto Show at The Willows Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 225 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT was held on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The show started at 10:00am and despite the threat of afternoon rain, ran until its scheduled time of 2:00pm. A portion of the show's proceeds went to The Woodbridge “WATCH” Program (Woodbridge Awareness To Crime and Home Safety). Door prizes were given out to all the show car participants along with trophies, which were given to the top 15 judged vehicles. There was a 50/50 raffle of a 32” large screen TV for one lucky winner and local food vendors were present along with a DJ playing all the favorites from the past and present. Continued…


Connecticut State Police Youth Week

As in years past, the Connecticut State Police and the American Legion join in a partnership to administer the annual 'State Police Youth Week'. The event is open to all 16 and 17 year old high school students within the state of Connecticut. Youth week, which is modeled after State Police recruit training, provides students an opportunity to help them understand and appreciate the training, duties and abilities of today’s law enforcement. The training, which runs for a week, will expose recruits to a variety of mental and physical challenges including patrol techniques, use of laser speed measuring equipment, accident investigation, emergency vehicle driving, firearms training, and criminal investigation. The recruits also participate in daily physical conditioning, daily inspections, drill & ceremony, and 5:15 a.m. reveille. The week concludes with the Warrior's Path safety & survival course followed by a Graduation ceremony. Warrior's Path represents the culmination of all of the skills and knowledge the recruits learned during the week. It is designed to emphasize the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity. Continued...


The Connecticut State Police Sponsor "Family Night"

The Connecticut State Police hosted their annual "Family Night" for the current CSP cadets and their families on Thursday night, August 21, 2014. Family Night allows the CSP cadets' families to visit the Academy and discuss and appreciate the many aspects of police training. The basic training program at the Connecticut Police Academy is approximately 22 weeks long and the recruits must successfully pass each of 17 different academic areas as well as successfully pass each of a series of different practical skill areas. In addition, recruits must complete a field and departmental training program consisting of a minimum of 400 additional hours. Upon successful completion of all portions of the program, the recruit officer is then issued an initial certification as a police officer in the State of Connecticut. Our group, the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association displayed their vintage and special interest police vehicles at the event and received many compliments and accolades. We would like to thank Trooper Len Widener and all of the academy staff for the invitation. Continued...


Eastern Vintage Police Car Association attends Meriden’s National Night

Out Against Crime Festival at Hubbard Park 

Hubbard Park located in Meriden, Connecticut was packed Tuesday night for the City’s 10th annual celebration of National Night Out Against Crime. The event was organized by the neighborhood council in conjunction with the Meriden Police Department. The annual event is an effort to promote involvement of the City’s residents in crime prevention activities such as police-community partnerships, neighborhood awareness and camaraderie, and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event is a local offshoot of America’s Night Out Against Crime, which began in 1984. “There really isn’t a better way to deter crime in our neighborhoods than with community policing,” Meriden Mayor Manny Santos said Tuesday. “I encourage everyone to get out, walk your neighborhoods, sit on your front porches, be observant. That really goes a long way.” Members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association were invited to attend by Meriden’s Sgt. John Mennone. John explained, “These types of events go a long way to promote the camaraderie between the police department and the citizens of Meriden. It is a very worthwhile event and we’re very happy your group and their vintage police cars could attend”. Continued...


The 34th Annual Madison Exchange Independence Day Parade in downtown Madison, Connecticut was, as always, a big crowd pleaser. The parade theme this year wasAmerica's First Responders”. A tribute to all the many Police, Fire and Emergency Services personnel that instinctively put their own lives in harms way to help and protect others. This year’s Annual Independence Day Parade was held on Saturday, July 5, 2014, one day behind schedule because of threatening weather by the season’s first east coast hurricane, Arthur. The parade proceeded west on Boston Post Road (Route 1) from Samson Rock Drive to the West Wharf Road and ended at the Madison Surf Club, a 45-acre beach park overlooking Long Island Sound.  Continued…


The Torrington Police Department held its annual D.A.R.E Program Car Show on Friday, June 27, 2014. The event ran from 5:00pm through 9:00pm on Main Street in front of the Warner Theater in the town’s center. As in previous years, the show benefits the Torrington Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E., an acronym for “Drug, Awareness, Resistance, Education”, teaches students not just that they should refuse drugs and alcohol, and not participate in violent activities, but how to refrain from doing so. D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities. One hundred percent of the donations from the show goes to support the program which is taught to fifth grade students in Torrington’s four elementary schools: East School, Forbes School, Southwest School, Torringford School and Vogel-Wetmore School. The D.A.R.E. program and D.A.R.E. Car Show have been successively offered for more than two decades. Continued... 


On Wednesday, June 30, 2014, Albertus Magnus College held their 5th Annual Criminal Justice Summer Camp. The camp is geared towards incoming high school seniors and juniors interested in the field of criminal justice. It ran from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Albertus Magnus Albertus Magnus Criminal Justice Campcampus in New Haven, Connecticut. Some of the events of the day included a mock crime scene investigation, introduction to the K-9 program, Fingerprinting 101 and eye witness testimonial. “In real life, fighting crime is not the same as they show it on TV?”, asked one of the camp’s students. Officer Ted Stockmon of the North Haven, Connecticut Police Department responded, “No, no it’s not.  It’s nothing like you see on TV. Solving a crime is about hard work and perseverance. In real life, crimes don’t get solved in thirty minutes, like you see on TV”.

The Criminal Justice camp is designed to encourage kids who are interested in law enforcement to think about the many aspects of the field that are available to them. Some other topics discussed were: Crime Scene Evaluation, Ethical Awareness, Police Support Services and a DNA session. Continued...


2014 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day!

Wallingford's Polish National Alliance Park was the site of a state-wide celebration of Connecticut's "Welcome Home  Vietnam Veterans Day". This year the park was home to the state's fourth annual event. The event is a way to honor Vietnam Veterans with a long overdue welcome home. The celebration included a live band, a car and motorcycle show, and many food and retail vendors. The event, which was held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., wasn't only a place for many vintage and classic cars to be displayed, but an experience that helped celebrate a healing for the Vietnam Veterans who finally got the thank-you they did not receive when they returned from the much criticized Vietnam conflict. The event also featured a display by COMVEC, (the Connecticut Military Vehicles Club), The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association, plus special guest speakers including Colonel (USA, Ret.) Robert “Rob” Simmons, Former Congressman CT 2nd District. Representatives of all the major armed forces groups were there to officially welcome home our nation's heroes. Continued...


Eastern Vintage Police Car Association

Winter Dinner Meeting!

 

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President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations”. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of “National Veterans Day”. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. On Saturday November 9th 2013, Don Clady and the Connecticut Cruise News presented the “Western Connecticut Vet Fest 9th Annual Salute Our Veteran & Marine Corps Birthday Celebration Bike & Car Show”. The event was held at the sprawling Faith Church Grounds, Route 7, New Milford, Connecticut. Cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes, models and years, were welcomed along with all Veterans and Patriots. Special displays by various military groups and organizations were in attendance to help support our troops, veterans and their families. DJ Music, Trophies, Door Prizes, Raffles, 50/50 and Goodie Bags were given out by Don and his group.  Continued...


On Sunday, November 3, 2013, in Hartford, Connecticut, approximately 3,000 veterans, representing service members from World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, participated in the Hartford, Connecticut Veterans Parade. The veterans were accompanied by fife and drum corps and marching bands from local middle and high schools along with members of Central Connecticut State University. At 11:30 a.m. a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park honoring all of our fallen soldiers. A bugler from the First Company Governor's Foot Guard and the re-enactment group Ye Old Lebanon Town Militia, marched in recognition of the Revolutionary War members. Ceremonial cannon blasts from the First Litchfield Artillery signaled the start of the parade and a moment of silence took place at 12:30 p.m. The parade participants stopped in place to honor all our soldiers who died in service. A tolling of church bells and singing of the National Anthem followed the moment of silence. This is the largest veterans' parade in New England and one of the biggest tributes to veterans in the United States. Continued...


Apple Pi Robotics hosted a “Spooktacular Cruise In” at Moroso Performance Products in Guilford, Connecticut on Sunday, October 27th.  Moroso, one of the premier manufacturers of racing and street performance car parts, is one of the world’s most respected suppliers of automotive equipment for racing and street performance applications. On Sunday, they hosted a mega fundraiser for the high school student group, Apple Pi Robotics. Apple Pi Robotics is a group of high school students from Guilford and surrounding communities working to make the connection between the academic lessons of a high school curriculum and the world of an engineering based business. The Spooktacular Cruise was a well orchestrated event that drew many automobile aficionados. Many makes, models and year cars were on hand including a custom built 1800 horsepower dragster which was fired up and brought to life, much to the delight of the crowd. The event included food, drinks, music, robotics demonstrations, a tire changing contest, raffles and more. The event ran from 10:00AM through 3:00PM. Continued…


The Seymour Lions 44th Annul Benefit Car Show!

The Seymour Lions Club presented its 44th Annual Benefit Car Show on Sunday, October 20, 2013. It was held at the M.P.I. Corporation located in the Silvermine Industrial Park, 4 Progress Avenue, Seymour, CT. Although many special interest, antique and vintage car owners started arriving at 6:00AM to capture a good parking spot for their show vehicles, the official show time started at 8:00AM and ran well through the 4:00PM curfew. The judged show featured many antique, custom, stock, hot rod, and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association were also in attendance with their classic and special interest police cars. 75 trophies were given to the top judged cars in all classes. Food tents and concessioners were plentiful with musical entertainment provided by the group “Crash 21" rock band. All and all, great job Seymour Lions, another great car show this year!  Continued...



EVPCA Bridgeport Columbus Day Parade

The 105th Columbus Day Parade 2013, Bridgeport, Connecticut took place on Sunday, October 13, 2013! The parade which started at the intersection of Wayne and Jewett Avenues in Bridgeport, included more than 80 units, such as the Trumbull and Masuk High School Marching Bands, Bridgeport’s Park City Pride Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe and Drum Band, the Parris Island Marine Corps Band and members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association with their antique and special interest police cars. In addition, this year’s parade also featured large helium-inflated character balloons and more than eight floats, including a replica of the Santa Maria with Christopher Columbus at the helm. Ringling Brothers clowns and performers also marched in the parade along with an attention-getting and crowd-appreciated confetti cannon. The Connecticut National Guard took part in the festivities along with theAncient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine”, also commonly known as Shriners, who drove their miniature cars in the parade. Continued...

 


Welcome To The 2013 Orange Country Fair, Orange, Connecticut!
Orange Country Fair

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Car Show benefiting the Holyoke Soldiers' Home! 

 

Honoring our Veterans, past, present and future, the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts was the site of the 2013 Soldiers' Home Car Show. The show was hosted by the Stars & Stripes Car Club with all makes and model cars, trucks and motorcycles in attendance today, Sunday, September 29, 2013. The money raised from this car show will go to the soldiers' home recreation fund which will pay for outings and other activities benefiting the sold. Our thanks to Ted Stockmon for the above photos.


 

The 42nd Annual Engine 260 Antique Fire Apparatus Show & Muster was held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Milford, Ct. This year’s event started at 9:00 a.m., with an impressive parade of antique fire apparatus, vintage police vehicles from the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association and ambulances both present day and vintage. As in years past, the parade traveled from the Liberty Rock Shopping Plaza, 589 Bridgeport Avenue, to Meadowside Road, through Milford center onto North Street, and ended at Eisenhower Park located on Route 121. The event attracts firefighters from Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and provides an opportunity for firefighters to demonstrate their competitive skills and allow their teams to battle for first-place trophies in eight competitions. More than 25 muster teams battled to see who would reign supreme in the Tug Of War, the Midnight Alarm, the Water Barrel Blast, Arena Pumping, the Bucket Brigade and Save the Baby, where firefighters race to raise and climb a ladder to rescue an infant child mannequin from a tower. Children who wanted to participate in the festivities were made “Firefighter for the Day”, given a fireman’s helmet and then shown how to safely handle a fire hose. An interactive fire prevention trailer was also on site for crowd perusal and provided a spot where firefighters taught children how to get out of a burning building and how to execute the “Stop, Drop and Roll” life-saving technique. The proceeds from the show benefit Camp Happiness, a summer camp for special-needs children. Plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, water and soda were sold, with those proceeds also going to the camp. Continued...


 

The North Haven Police Department Police Benevolent Association (PBA) held its 6th Annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show on Sunday, September 1, 2013. The show, which benefits the PBA, was held at the North Haven High School located at 221 Elm Street, North Haven, Connecticut.

Many vintage, classic car and truck enthusiasts attended the show from all across the State and New England. The show featured plenty of food, drinks and ice cream from various vendors including the PBA's own booth that served hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the event. A local DJ provided all the music including some oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and the PBA sponsored a well-received 50/50 raffle with plenty of door prizes for all. Numerous awards and trophies were given out to the winners of the many categories of vintage and classic vehicles. Continued...


 

28th Annual Sock Hop & Car Show

On the Green in Prospect, CT

The 28th Annual Prospect CT Car Show and Sock Hop was held on Sunday, August, 25, 2013 on the Prospect, Connecticut Town Green. Music was provided by a DJ and 2 Live Bands who played nostalgic music from the 50's and 60's.The show was organized by the office of the Mayor and the Prospect Car Owners Association. Judging of the show cars took place and trophies were awarded. Food and beverage stands were plentiful and manned by local vendors from the Prospect area. "The Dairy Bar" was there serving Philly Steak Sandwiches, Fries, Burgers & Dogs. "Baki's Pizza", "Prospect Pizza", "Spill the Beans", "The Big Dipper Ice Cream" were all on hand to share their culinary delights with the shows spectators.  Continued...


7th Annual Sgt. Jeffrey Boucher Memorial Auto, Bike and Truck Show

Meriden, Connecticut - In memory of Sergeant Jeffrey S. Boucher, the Seventh Annual Sgt. Jeffrey Boucher Memorial Auto, Bike and Truck Show took place on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 at the Meriden Markham Municipal Airport, 213 Evansville Ave., South Meriden, Connecticut. The gates opened at 9 a.m. with a steady flow of Vintage and Specialty vehicles from all over the state. The spectators and show participants were greeted with raffles prizes, music, food,  Exhibition Burn-Out pit and a 4x4 Rock Crawl Challenge! Meriden Police Department's Mobile Command Center, a 2006 Farber-built Specialty Command Vehicle, was in attendance for the public’s inspection. The Hi-Tech vehicle supports sophisticated computers, communications, and state of the art surveillance technology. The annual event offered trophies in several categories, along with food, raffles, a bounce house and slide for the kids. One of the biggest attractions was the rock crawl. Drivers steer trucks and Jeeps through a course of jagged rocks and wood. Another course is made up of mud, dirt, and hills. LaRosa Construction of Meriden donated the heavy equipment that helped stuck vehicles. Hundreds sat on bleachers and stood around a taped off area to watch the vehicles navigate the difficult terrain. All proceeds from the show will go to the Sergeant Jeffrey S. Boucher Memorial Scholarship Fund. Continued...


Eastern Vintage Police Car Association at the Southington, CT. Drive-in.

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The 35th Annual Time Machines Antique Car Show & Flea Market was held on Sunday, July 28th from 8am to 3pm at the Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT. The show was sponsored by the members of the CT area Classic T-bird Club. There was a good array of cars to see with 26 judged show car classes along with a flea market of mostly auto related items. Three trophies per car class, plus trophies for the best un-restored vehicles and a special President's Choice award were given out during the show. They also had a display of non judged vehicles, which included 1989 and newer vehicles, for people who wanted to share their special rides with the show’s spectators. Special club dash plaques were given out to the first 400 show car vehicles that attended. Most show car classes were by brand affiliation along with other classes such as foreign cars, special service vehicles including police, which included members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association, fire, military, taxi, hearse, and more. The “featured” cars for 2013 were: Street Rods, Street Machines, Custom Cars, Custom Pickups, and the beloved Lead Sleds. To be eligible for a trophy, the competition vehicles needed to be on the show field by 12 noon, presented with their hoods open, their trunks open and their windows rolled up tight, and had to be present for the awards ceremony at 3pm. The music and prizes from the 50/50 raffle were awarded by a local DJ. Multiple food vendors served breakfast, lunch, snacks and ice cream. New, and much to the delight of the show goers this year was Meriano's Italian Cannoli Truck! Continued...


Ford's 150th Birthday Celebration & Classic Car Show 2013

Hammonassett Ford celebrated Henry Ford's 150th birthday on Wednesday night with their first annual classic car show! All proceeds from the show went to "The Wounded Warrior Project". The Wounded Warrior Project mission is to honor and empower our wounded soldiers, and to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members across our nation. They endeavor to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. Food, fun, music, prizes and many classic and special interest cars and trucks made the pilgrimage to Madison, Connecticut for this very special event. The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association was proud to take part in Hammonassett Ford's first annual classic car show. To view photos of the show, Click here.


Bethany Volunteer Fire Dept. & Auxiliary 6th Annual Car, Truck and Bike Show & Garden Tractor Pulls - Saturday, June 22, 2013

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department presented their 6th Annual Car Show, and as in years past, presented a highly organized, well-run event. Showgoers were treated to a variety of good food, fun and great music provided by DJ Aaron Stone of Wallingford, CT. The show was held at 765 Amity Road (Route 63), the Old Bethany Airport and Field. Show vehicles started lining up at 8:00AM in anticipation of their 10:00AM official entry time. Garden Tractor pulls registration started at 8:00AM with the actual pulls starting at 9:00AM.  Antique Cars, Trucks, Muscle Cars, Motorcycles, and Big Trucks were all welcomed. The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association was also in attendance with their vintage and antique police vehicles.  Plenty of food was made available including pulled pork sandwiches, sausage and peppers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and much more. Face painting and tattoos were available for the kids, and a 50/50 raffle was also held. The show was sponsored by Laticrete International, benefiting the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department & Auxiliary. Proceeds from the event will help support essential training and equipment for the Fire Department throughout the year. Continued...


Madison, Connecticut's 4th

of July Parade

The 34th Madison Exchange Club Annual Independence Day Parade in downtown Madison Connecticut, was an enormous success once again this year - July 4th, 2013 The parade’s theme was America, Yesterday, Today, Forever”. Onlookers, both local and from neighboring towns up and down the Connecticut shoreline, cheered and applauded as the many floats, marchers and special event vehicles passed by. The event featured nearly 100 community groups, floats, bands, clowns, antique cars including the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association with their vintage police vehicles, trucks, bicycles and a number of professional performance groups. Madison’s 4th of July Parade is recognized as one of the finest in the entire State of Connecticut.  As in years past, the parade route started at 11 AM in the town’s Super Stop and Shop parking lot, and wound through the center of Madison, before concluding at the celebrated Madison Surf Club.  Continued...


"Special Cruzin' for Scouting"

The “99 Restaurant” in Stratford, CT played host to this month’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 71 fundraiser.In the Boy Scout Program Book it states: “Boy Scouts get away from it all! They camp, hike, and fish in the great outdoors. They get together in troops, and try out new experiences”. Well, we can add one more experience. They provide terrific “Cruise Night” events. When we arrived at the parking area in front of the 99 Restaurant located in the Stratford Square, Stratford, Connecticut, it was a wave of action and excitement. Vintage and classic vehicles from all over the state were gathering to help support the needs of Rich Kovach’s Boy Scout Troop 71. Disc Jockey Ed Butler played all the great old 60's, 70's and 80's music, while spectators admired and shared stories about the many vintage cars and trucks on display. Continued


Police Week 2013

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May,15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association attended Police Week 2013 in Washington DC to commemorate our Nation's law enforcement personnel. The group took part in many of the parades and memorial ceremonies celebrating the lives of the many men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to protect our citizens across this  great Nation. My thanks to Officer Ted Stockmon for sharing the following photos. Continued...


In 1989 the New Haven Sponsor Hospital Program (NHSHP) was created by the two New Haven, Connecticut hospitals. The Hospital of Saint Raphael and Yale New Haven Hospital came together in a joint mission to educate and train emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in the South Central Connecticut region. On September 12, 2012, Yale New Haven Hospital purchased The Hospital of Saint Raphael and continues to operate NHSHP as the Yale New Haven Sponsor Hospital Program (YNHSHP). Awhile back we mentioned our good friend and fellow Eastern Vintage Police Car Association member Angelo Appi, who diligently trained for and acquired his state of Connecticut EMS certifications. Angelo, who trained at the YNHSHP, volunteers his services to classroom instruction and coordinates special events to educate students who are preparing themselves for a very rewarding career in medical services. On April 7th the YNHSHP program continued their excellent program by providing students with hands on experience in real life mock situations. The following article shows some of the equipment, techniques and also some of the day’s highlights as students prepare for their future dedicated to acute medical care.  Continued...


Branford, Connecticut's 2012 Annual Veterans

Day Parade 

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The 41st Annual Seymour Christmas Parade!

 

More than 50 marching units and floats including eight drum corps and marching bands took part in the 41st Annual Seymour Christmas Parade. The parade included brownie and girl scout troops from the Valley, firefighters from several companies, cub scouts, and other youth and adult organizations as well as members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association.

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October 6TH, 2012

The Glastonbury Police Officer 5TH Annual

Benefit Car Show

 

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Chili's Touch-A-Truck Benefit Car Show!

The Milford Chili's 1500 Boston Post Road, hosted their second annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, September 22, 2012 to benefit the Saint Jude Hospital for children. Not only did they have some really awesome trucks, the Milford Fire Department brought two of their department fire trucks and Officer Jeffrey Nielson attended with a Milford Police Department police cruiser. Members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association car club were also on hand with their vintage police vehicles. Plenty of good food from Chili’s was made available along with special treats for the kids including free cotton candy and Italian ice. Face painting, Moon Bounce, and special performances from Magic Mark and the Rock On Creations Girls with special appearances from Chili's Mascot and Spider Man. $1.00 raffle tickets were available for great prizes such as gift certificates to local businesses and kid's toys! All proceeds raised went directly to help and support the children and families of St. Jude Hospital. Continued...


 

Troop 71 2nd Annual Classic Car Show Extravaganza!

 

Presented by: Boy Scout Troop 71, Stratford, Connecticut

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The 41st Annual Engine 260 Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster took place in Milford, Connecticut on Saturday, September 8, 2012 beginning with a vintage and antique emergency vehicle parade. The parade consisted of more than 60 different types of fire apparatuses that were at least 30 years old, with some dating back much later. The Eastern Vintage Police Car Association attended showing their support. The procession started from Liberty Rock Shopping Plaza, 589 Bridgeport Avenue, to Meadowside Road, thru Milford Center onto North Street, ending at Eisenhower Park on North Street (Route 121) for the Muster and all its activities. Admission to the general public was free. Proceeds from the refreshment area at the park were donated to  the Milford Recreation Department program "Camp Happiness", a program for Children with Special Needs. ~Continued~


North Haven Police Department, CT

5TH Annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show!

The North Haven Police Department's Police Benevolent Association (PBA) held its 5th Annual Classic Car Show Fundraiser on Sunday, September 2, 2012. The show, which benefits the North Haven PBA, was held at North Haven High School located at 221 Elm Street, North Haven, Connecticut.

Many vintage, classic car and truck enthusiasts attended the show from all across the State and New England. The activities for kids were plentiful, including face painting, games and North Haven Police Department's Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) booth. The show featured plenty of food, drinks and ice cream from various vendors including the PBA's own booth that served hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the event. A DJ provided all the music including some oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The PBA sponsored a well-received 50/50 raffle. Numerous awards and trophies were given out to the winners of the many categories of vintage, classic and emergency vehicles. Around 1:00PM lights and sirens filled the air as a large vintage police car procession took part in a mock "Slow Speed" car chase after a “Smokey and the Bandit” look-a-like 1977 Pontiac Firebird. The procession left the high school grounds and entered the nearby Rt. 40 connector that extends into the Town of Hamden, then returned back to the school grounds where they were greeted by hundreds of cheering show goers. 2012 was yet another great show by the North Haven PBA. ~Continued~


 

27th Annual Prospect CT Car Show and Sock Hop! 

The 27th Annual Prospect CT Car Show and Sock Hop was held on Sunday, August, 26, 2012 on the Prospect, Connecticut Town Green. Music was provided by a DJ and 2 Live Bands who played nostalgic music from the 50's and 60's.The show was organized by the office of the Mayor and the Prospect Car Owners Association. Judging of the show cars took place and trophies were awarded. Food and beverage stands were plentiful and manned by local vendors from the Prospect area.

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"6th Annual Sgt. Jeffrey Boucher Memorial Auto, Bike and Truck Show"

More than 400 Antique, Special Interest, Emergency and Military vehicles filled the Meriden Hub Sunday afternoon, and as in years past, it was a wonderful tribute to Meriden Police Sgt. Jeffery Boucher. ~Continued~


The Connecticut Fire Photographers Association

once again sponsored the "Silver City Fire Fest!"

Saturday, July 15, 2012 was a great day for fire buffs, emergency vehicle model builders, fire apparatus collectors, and photographers from all over the state and beyond. This year's event was held at the Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel located at 900 East Main Street in Meriden, CT. The event began at 9:00A.M. and ran until 4:00P.M. on Saturday afternoon. The first two years of this show have drawn hundreds of spectators and dozens of model displayers, plus in-service and restored apparatus, and this year's show was no exception. In addition to the Meriden Fire Department, Meriden Police Department, and the South Meriden Fire Department, several privately owned emergency fire vehicles were present. Members of the Southern Connecticut Antique Fire Apparatus Collectors club attended as well as members from the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association. Continued...


The 33rd Annual Exchange Cub of Madison Independence Day Parade in downtown Madison, Connecticut.


The parade theme this year was  America, Our Winning Spirit


Featuring nearly 100 community groups, floats, bands, clowns, antique cars and police cars, trucks, bicycles and a number of professional performance groups, Madison’s 4th of July Parade is recognized as one of the finest in the entire State of Connecticut. There was a large turnout of both residents as well as visitors and guests from towns all along the shoreline who came to enjoy and cheer on the many parade participants. The Parade route started at 11:00AM in the Super Stop and Shop parking lot, and wound through the center of Madison, concluding at the Surf Club on Surf Club Road. Continued...

(A big thanks to our good friend Ted Stockmon for the following parade photos).


The 2012 Bridgeport Barnum Festival Parade!

 

The 2012 Barnum Festival comes to a rousing finale this past weekend with several events, including The Great Street Parade which was celebrated on Sunday, July 1, 2012. A great street parade with drum corps, bands, drill teams, music, clowns and floats galore. As the festival organizers said on their web-site, “Fun for the whole family”.  Many families, neighbors, and their friends joined together to cheer and applaud the Barnum Festival Parade on Sunday. The parade followed the same route as last year, commencing on North Avenue, east to Park Avenue, east on Capitol Avenue, right on Lincoln Boulevard where the reviewing stand was located and finally ending at Bridgeport's Central High School. Continued...


End of an Era: The Last Ford Crown Victoria Rolls Down The Line

Marking the end of an era that stretches back virtually to the dawn of the motorcar in America, the last body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive sedan from an American car company rolled off the line last week in Ontario, Canada.

Workers from the St. Thomas Assembly Plant documented the last Crown Victoria produced on September 15 on their Facebook page. Although sales to retail consumers in the United States stopped with the 2008 model year, fleet sales continued to police departments and taxi companies, both of which value the cars for their rugged durability.

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