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Calling All Airheads!

Westporters may not be able to park very well. But we do like to show off our cars.

We’ve got electric vehicle rallies. Concourses d’Elegances.

And — for the 2nd time ever — an air-cooled event.

This Saturday (May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Dragone Classic Motorcars on Post Road West sponsors a special show just for air-cooled autos.

And folks who love them.

Air-cooled cars, at last year's show.

Air-cooled cars, at last year’s show.

It’s a different vibe from the EV and Concours shows. This one attracts folks who do most of their own work on their cars, and are eager to “talk shop.”

There are plenty of them. Last year’s inaugural event drew nearly 100 cars: vintage air-cooled VWs, and their high-strung cousin Porsches. Plus Corvairs, dune buggies, micro-buses and the like.

The sponsor is SmallCarCompany.org — the club named for the old VW dealership on the current site of Dragone.

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Admission is free. Airheads of all ages are welcome. There’s food, and a 50-50 raffle benefiting Homes With Hope.

It’s a great day. Plus, these guys know how to drive.

You won’t see them parking like overly entitled d-bags.

(For more information, click here or email info@smallcarcompany.org)


Small Car Company Leaves Big Legacy

It was called the Small Car Company. But for several years in the late 1960s, the Westport dealership sold more Volkswagens than any other in the US.

The Small Car Company was a Post Road West landmark from the ’60s through the early ’80s. We know it today as Dragone Classic Motorcars.

Dragone — kitty-corner from Kings Highway Elementary School — sells antiques like a 1924 Marmon, 1941 Graham and 1970 Mercedes.

VWBut this Saturday (September 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), it will be site of an informal, non-judged car show featuring classic Volkswagens, Porsches, Dune Buggies and other air-cooled vehicles. The free show is open to all car owners and air-cooled fans. If you’ve got memorabilia, bring it along.

The Small Car Company lives on — and not just this one Saturday. The show is sponsored by SmallCarCompany.org. For several years, this informal group of vintage VW and Porsche owners has gotten together to share their passion, trade information, and host driving rallies.

SmallCarCompany.org is the brainchild of Westporters Dave Abelow and Tom Truitt. They thank George and Manny Dragone for supporting the upcoming event — and honoring the dealership that, in its own way, once sold “classic” cars too.

(For more information, email info@smallcarcompany.org)

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