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Car Enthusiasts Cruise into Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Hours after an earthquake shook the east coast Tuesday, a different kind of rumbling shook Underhill Avenue.

Dozens of antique and vintage car owners pulled in, parked and popped the hood to display their prized possessions, meet with other “motorheads” and enjoy a barbecue at the Grace & Grace parking lot.

Neighbors Richard Klein and Walter Eisenstaff showed off their cars while enjoying the evening's weather.

“I didn’t have much of a choice, my old man got us started in it,” said Eisenstaff of his now hobby with car collecting. “I’ve show these cars all over, I’ve traveled all over, we’ve gone everywhere with our cars.”

Klein and Eisenstaff said they had traveled nearly across the entire United States, from Wisconsin to Florida and still liked attending smaller, local car shows to “hang out with people who like the same things,” Klein said.

Chris Russel, who showed off his 1972 Chevy C-30 explained his truck used to pull cars out of the woods, and even a boiler at one point.

The event, hosted by the owner of Grace & Grace, and candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, Michael Grace said he has always been interested in cars, and liked buying older vintage cars. He had several cars proudly displayed at the event.

“I had to learn, I couldn’t afford to buy cars when I was growing up, so it started out as something I had to do to get a car,” Grace said. “The idea for today was to have someplace where all of us ‘motorheads’ can come together and hopefully just have a good time.”

Grace stressed that the event was not a fundraiser, nor were there any entrance fees or donation recommendations to attend the event.

“Tonight’s not a matter of politicking, it’s just a matter of having fun with people who like cars,” Grace said. “Campaigning is just an absolute gruel, it’s just a serious serious time, so tonight’s a great way to take a break, have a barebecue and have fun.”

The men and women who attended the event to display their cars, showed that detail goes into every inch of their shiny vehicles, all the way down to the license plates. Tom DeChiaro, owner of the Winery at St. George and candidate for town council, displayed his 2004 Corvette with the license plate “4 Vino,” an homage to his winery. Down the row of vintage cars rested Nick Horafios’ 1955 Mercury Montclair with the license plate “1STNLAST.”

Like many of the cars, their license plates and their owners, this owner had a story connected to his prize. Horafios had the same make and model car when he was 18 years old, a car his father bought for him. He became a car collector, but was on a mission a few years ago to find the car he had owned and driven so many decades ago. He finally found it, down in Ft. Lauderdale.

“This was the first car I ever had, and this will be the last car I ride through life,” he said. “It’s great, because there’s a story connected to the car with everyone, not just me. People will come up to me and say ‘My grandmother, my mother, my father they had that car too’ and it’s just great—this car and I have history.”

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