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Uncommon Cars, On The Common

My father and I woke up at 4:30am only to find out it was pouring rain outside and going to rain, and rain, and rain some more. We knew we were in for a nice, long, wet, and dreary day. Luckily, when we got to the common, Rich Doucette had said his prayers, and it was only drizzling and you could see a faint spot of blue clouds from the west.., so we quickly set up our Stonewall Insurance gazebo and started to walk around to glance at all the breath taking cars. We saw dark green ’63 Aston Martin, a 1970 Subaru 360 sedan, a ’71 Dodge Challenger (that was owned by the former New England Patriot player, Matt Light)! On top of all that we even saw the original Batmobile! & Batman too. As I admired the cars I saw my friend Bill Cooke walk by. We started talking about his 1903 Grout that was built in Orange, MA. He said this steam car burns diesel to create the flame that boils the water. This car wasn’t exactly finished though. The only thing truly missing was the burner. Bill told me he is going to try to work on it this coming winter. We also stumbled across a 1907 Orient runabout. I really liked this car because it was small and mighty with a two cylinder engine. Another car I loved was the 1913 Metz Boat tail roadster!


Publisher: New England Classic Quarterly

Publish Date: Fourth Quarter 2013

On Page: 6-7

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It was a dark red with light brown seats and interior. It even had a bulb horn and a boat tail! Another cool car was the Stevens Duryea. I quickly learned it was not a Stevens Duryea. It was a Duryea, but it was owner is a guy named Steven. So technically it is a “Steven’s Duryea!” Toyota thinks they are the best of the best because they made the first electric car! Well, Toyota think again! One of the very first electric cars was the Bailey Electric Phantom! In fact, it was built in Amesbury, MA in the year 1911. It made literally NO SOUND as it snuck by us! My dad kept looking to see who was pushing the car as it rolled by. Overall this was a very fun and exciting car show in the middle of a great city Boston, Massachusetts.

Congratulations to Rich and the Committee on a great show!

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Chris DeMarey

Christopher DeMarey

When I was just seven years old I started judging at the world-renowned Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Since then I have become a regular contributing author to the Classic Car Club of America New England Region magazine and I have been published nationally on multiple occasions. I am now fifteen and on the board of advisors for the Classic Car Club of America NER. From Amelia Island to the Boston Cup I have attended many car shows, tours and events along with helping in the process of planning the Classic New England CARavan for this coming September. I look forward to one day owning my very own classic and I hope to enter my vehicle in one of the various events I have attended throughout my childhood. E-mail - chris@demarey.net