Autorama on the Plaza
By Pamela Bomser Stern
For one glorious Saturday in June, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza was a
dazzling stage for the Empire Autorama's second annual Lambda Car
Club International Classic Car Show. The show was created and developed
by the president of the Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Michael
Butler. Getting this event off the ground was no "walk in the
park" for Michael. Nonetheless, he succeeded in recruiting
sponsors, including American Express Financial Planners and Bridgestone/Firestone.
In addition, he garnered imaginative assistance from Congresswoman
Carolyn Maloney relating to regulations prohibiting private cars
in NYC's public parks. The end result was an "over the top"
fun day of activity.
More than thirty-six lustrous, impeccably maintained, privately-owned
vintage cars lined the graceful plaza and caught our interest. These
stunning vehicles captivated even those of us who didn't know the
difference between a Ford and a Chevy. For others, it was a joyful
trip down nostalgia lane. Bridgestone/Firestone donated a set of
tires and the Franklin Mint donated scale model cars, all of which
were raffled off to some very fortunate winners. Michael Mitchell,
a gifted artist and member of The Lambda Car Club, was on site to
record the extravaganza with astute and beautiful illustrations.
There were raffles, votes for the favorite car and something for
everyone to enjoy.
And just when you thought it couldn't get better - it did. The
Lesbian & Gay Big Apple premier symphonic marching band exploded
onto the scene with a precision flag team, twirlers, and flag &
banner carriers. They gave a stunning, high-energy performance of
music and dance that one would expect only at Lincoln Center.
The events of the day reached their climax when the ballots were
tallied for the winner of the favorite vintage cars. Sam Propper
and Michael Santos' 1949 Cadillac, 62 Series Convertible was the
victor, winning a first place vote, with Michael Butler's luxurious1963
Lincoln Continental coming in as a close second-place titleholder.
Since in all our eyes each car and owner was a champion, we were
left with one lingering vintage car question-how long until the
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