Motor Mania car show delights visitors, boasts record crowd

Union Leader Correspondent
July 04. 2018 8:38PM
Luke Frenette enjoys an antique TD MG after his brother Mason had a turn. (Ryan Lessard/Union Leader Correspondent)

A young family enjoying the cool cars. (RYAN LESSARD/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

NASHUA — Over 2,000 people came to check out 105 antique cars, muscle cars, classic hot rods and custom builds at the 12th annual Motor Mania car show downtown on Wednesday.

Nashua boy Luke Frenette, 9, and his brother Mason, 6, got to sit in some of the cars, including a green 1953 TD MG owned by Miles Levine. Luke’s favorite vehicle was a dune buggy, while Mason pointed to a black 1998 Pontiac Trans Am.

“I like the Chevelle and some of the old pickup trucks,” said their father Shaun Frennette, who was there with his wife Brenda. “I’m a pickup truck guy.”

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the section of Main Street between Pearl to West Hollis streets were blocked off and all manner of unique vehicles, including motorcycles and trucks were on display.

It was sunny and over 90 degrees.

“Despite the heat, a lot of folks came out to enjoy a great Fourth of July morning here in downtown Nashua,” said Paul Shea, director of Great American Downtown (GAD).

GAD helped organize the event with The Telegraph of Nashua and the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department.

Shea said the crowd size this year easily beat last year’s.

According to the MC, Bernie del Llano, the cars were competing for first place and runner up trophies in the following categories: motorcycle, muscle, sports, classic, antique, custom and truck. There were also prizes awarded for Best-in-Show and People’s Choice.

“It’s a chance for families to get together and look at some great vehicles,” del Llano said.

Leon “Skip” Anctil and his partner Jody of Nashua brought one of the more unusual vehicles on display. Anctil calls it The Lil Munster Mobile. It’s a purple 1923 C-Cab with spooky decorations and references to the old TV show, “The Munsters.”

Anctil has been doing car shows like this for at least the past six or seven years. He also has a 1923 T-Bucket back in his garage. He bought The Lil Munster Mobile and put it back together about five years ago.

For 37 years, Anctil worked for RMR Restorations. Now that he’s retired, he does them for himself.

“Now it’s my turn,” he said.

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