Antique car show in Brentwood brings back the sweet memories of youth
By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent | October 06. 2013 6:06PM
Libby Bane, 93, a resident of the Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood, spent some time in the rumble seat of a 1929 Ford during a car show at the nursing home Saturday afternoon. She said she hasn't sat in a rumble seat since she was 17. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)
"If I could just get into a rumble seat I'd be all set," said the vivacious 93-year-old resident of the Rockingham County Nursing Home.
More than 40 old cars and trucks from her generation rolled into the parking lot of the nursing home Saturday afternoon, but Bane had her eyes on that 1929 Ford with the rumble seat.
With help from nursing home staff, Bane was able to climb into the seat. It wasn't easy, but she did it.
She smiled. She laughed. She remembered.
The first-ever classic car show took nursing home residents on a ride down memory lane.
It's a ride they won't soon forget and one car owners hope they'll be talking about for weeks to come.
The car show brought back memories of the days Burden spent behind the wheel of her Dodge Dart more than 50 years ago.
Burden was thrilled to see so many older models.
"I'm almost in tears seeing some of them. I had a boyfriend 100 years ago that had one," she said.
But then he saw her truck going by.
"When he saw my truck he got a huge grin on his face. Seeing the truck transported him to a different place in time," she said.
She knew the sight of that truck made the man's day, and it wasn't the first time her truck has brought smiles to the faces of the older generation.
"They see the car they used to own and the one their parents had. It takes them back to some very fond memories," she said.
In no time at all, local classic car aficionados came together and agreed to bring their well-maintained vehicles from the '50s, '40s, '30s, and '20s to the nursing home.
"For most of the residents the good times are in the rearview mirror. What we're trying to do is bring back those memories that are so vivid," he said.
"I've seen pictures of old cars, but not like this," he said.
Farnsworth made sure she had a disposable camera to take pictures at the car show. She liked the old red Ford pickup truck.
"Isn't that nice," she said.
Resident Delma Judkins, who said she's in her 80s, enjoyed the car show, too.
Retired Plaistow chiropractor Bob Jean, 82, never knew much about cars, but he still had a good time riding around in his motorized chair.
"This is my caddy now. It's a $30,000 chair and it does everything," he said.