Random Autumn Car Show

The city of Boston has two public golf courses. At one of these courses is First Tee, a kids’ golf program that’s open to city’s residents and free of charge. Never having to play golf ourselves, my wife thought it would be a good idea to sign the kids up. It’s a great program that operates in over 1200 locations, geared for kids 5-18. Over the 90-minute lesson I either go shopping, ride my bike, run, or catch up on work. But two weeks ago things were different.

The usually mostly empty parking lot behind Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo was full. I had to park about a quarter mile away. In the parking lot was some kind of car show. Cool, I thought, as I haven’t been any kind of car show in what seems like a decade. I walked around and saw few interesting things. I learned some things. But most importantly I realized that today’s 20-something still love cars like I did twenty years ago.

This show was not themed. It had a bit of everything, with an urban twist. There was a big bouncer-like dude at the gate to parking lot chatting with each person going in. At the end of one such conversations I heard him say “go in but don’t be ugly”. I asked him who was putting on the show and he mentioned some dude’s nickname. I didn’t ask further.

Having grown-up in northern New Jersey, and frequently going to various New York City vehicular get togethers, this seemed familiar to me. Very loud music, an obvious scent of weed in the air, and the varying types of modified cars. I went around, took it all in, chatted with a few guys, and took pic. In a sign of age, I got a headache from the loud noise later on in the day. Enjoy the pics.

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9 responses to “Random Autumn Car Show”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    I know there’s a picture of a Buick with suicide doors, but before we get to that I have questions about WTF is going on in this picture, including but not limited to “Is the right rear wheel of the red car in the background touching the ground, or is the body of the car?” and the perennial question, “What’s in the box?!?” (What IS the box?)


    Off topic: I used to live near Stonybrook T Station and on quiet days I could hear the roar of the lions in the Franklin Park Zoo.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      I see some shadow under the right rear tire of the red car. It’s probably “laying frame”.

      The Buick is a 70 LeSabre 4 door hardtop on which someone swapped latches and hinges on the rear doors. It looked more like this from the assembly line.


      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        “Laying Frame”, is that what the kids are calling it? So is the guy in the foreground “laying cable”?

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          That’s definitely a very large diameter cable to be using for powering a beverage stand.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    The variety here is great – surprised by the amount of Japanese cars though.

    Sadly, this wouldn’t happen around here. We’re starting with new restrictions again today, among them a five guest limit in private homes.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Good luck. We’ve just come out of over 110 days in lockdown, although there are still some significant restrictions in place.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Yeah, that was actually reported in the news here. Enjoy your newfound freedom!

  3. Victor~~ Avatar

    Great show ,do they have a ” Tacky Jeep ” contest ? I think the winner is in the second picture .

  4. salguod Avatar

    What a great show.

    That slammed MDX. That sounds like a stupid idea, but I like it.

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