Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sometimes dreams DO come true

 There is one constant in all of my life, and that is my love of cars. I don't really know why cars resonate with me so much, but they do, and have my entire life. 

For many years I have had the dream of being able to enter a car show, not just spectate. I've been attending car shows since I was a little kid being pushed in a stroller, but they actually caused me some anguish too, as I've gotten older and my health has gotten worse. 

I am not able to drive or work on old cars. It seemed like I would never be able to achieve that dream. I thought it would be always out of reach, that I would always be on the outside looking in. 

Until tonight! 

My brother needed a new car, and ended up buying a 1989 Cadillac Coupe DeVille off one of his coworkers, and he began driving it today. Today also happened to be the weekly cruise-in in Hyde Park, NY, and we took the Cadillac...and entered it! While it's not "my" car, I still got to go and be a part of the show. 

It was truly a dream come true! 

Me with the car

Me putting the show registration under the windshield wiper

Our car, in the car show for the first time! 

Seeing it in the background of other car photos is still a thrill...and I have to be honest, I aimed it specifically so it would be. 

There it is again!

Looking at some of the rest of the show while standing behind the Cadillac

After the awards were announced the cars left in droves, lol. We stayed until 8:30 but there were few cars left and the bugs were starting to decide I was a good place to land and walk around so we left too.

By the time we got done in the store there were very few cars left in the show. 

Here are a couple of my favorite cars that weren't ours

1940 Plymouth pickup, very rare

1948-52 Ford F-3, I don't know which year exactly. The hood design tells what year is which but I can't remember which year is which design.
and it's matching trailer

Here are all the pictures I took from tonight: June 12th, 2024 Hyde Park Cruise

The plan is to be a regular at our two local cruises. But this will always be the first, and I already know I'm going to wake up tomorrow and wonder if this really happened or if it was just an awesome dream! 


  1. Pretty cool. I have no knowledge of how a car gets entered into a show.

    1. This one was super easy. Just drive in, find a parking space, and register with the show runners to get a window registration for people to vote for. It is free.

  2. Congrats on the achievement! Looks like a fun day.

  3. Looks like a good time. I am not at all knowledgeable in cars but like seeing older ones

  4. That's awesome that you got to live out a dream!

  5. Congratulations, Billy! That's so cool. Glad you're out there enjoying the fresh air and classic cars.

  6. Very cool Billy! My mom had a Cadillac back in the 80's, but your brother's is way cooler. Congratulations!

  7. Heck yeah, Billy. Caddy looks good! I also returned to the car show circuit in the last couple weeks. Got the '51 Buick back out to the people these last two weekends. I should post about it...

    1. Oh nice, always good to hear that a 50s car is back on the circuit

  8. Kudos to your brother for making this happen.