Photo by Kelly White
Bruce Quintos and his daughter, Stephanie Escamilla, both of Chicago Ridge, sit inside of his dream car, a 1957 turquoise Chevy Belair, on Sunday afternoon at the American Legion Glen Maker Post 1160’s 9th Annual Car Show.
By Kelly White
The first car Bruce Quintos remembers seeing as a child was a turquoise Chevy Belair. “I remember seeing it riding down the street in the 1950’s when I was just about 7 years old,” said Quintos, of Chicago Ridge and former Chicago Ridge trustee. “Right at that exact moment, I knew that was the car I wanted for myself one day.”
Quintos’ dream of owning a turquoise Chevy Belair came true just two and a half years ago, when after a lot of negotiating, he purchased his neighbor’s 1957 Belair. After a complete frame restoration, mechanical and exterior work, the car was ready to show.
“This is the first classic car I’ve owned,” Quintos said.
“I absolutely love how much he loves this,” Quintos’ daughter, Stephanie Escamilla, 30, of Chicago Ridge, said.
Quintos joined many other car enthusiasts on Sunday afternoon to display and discuss some outstanding vehicles at the American Legion Glen Maker Post 1160’s 9th Annual Car Show.
“I like this particular car show because you see a lot of diversity among the car makes and models,” Quintos said.
With 150 cars entered in the competition, it was the largest car show the American Legion Post has seen. The show continues to grow in popularity ever year, bringing in more participants than ever, according to post members.
Proud car owners were able to register their vehicles for $20 on site at 10739 S. Ridgeland Ave., and take place in the show that ran all afternoon. Awards were given out to best cars in each decade, beginning with pre-1950’s, including a best race car category and best in show, with a total of 20 trophies distributed.
Photo by Kelly White
Preston Leyendecker, of Hometown, showcased his 1969 Chevy Nova on Sunday afternoon at the American Legion Glen Maker Post 1160’s 9th Annual Car Show.
The judgment criteria was based on appearance and maintenance, both inside and outside of the vehicle, according to American Legion Post Commander Rich Coluzzi.
“This car show is the second-largest event held in Chicago Ridge, next to RidgeFest,” said Coluzzi, of Chicago Ridge.
Bob Piekarz, of La Grange Park, purchased his 1963 Chevy Corvair four years ago, all the way from California.
“Being a convertible, it’s a lot of fun to drive and the weather is perfect for it,” Piekarz said.
Ron Dorsey, of South Village, was proud to show off his 1986 Ford Mustang.
“I built his car on my own, three and a half years ago,” Dorsey said. “Since then, I’ve had it entered in a lot of car shows.”
The car show gathered local collectors as well, including Preston Leyendecker, of Hometown, who was showcasing his 1969 Chevy Nova.
“This is the sixth Nova I’ve owned, and I’ve been restoring cars for more than 20 years,” Leyendecker said.
The event was held free of charge for the general public, bringing in hundreds of attendees throughout the day. The post was also given permission to use the Our Lady of the Ridge’s parking lot, located at 10811 S. Ridgeland Ave., to display vehicles during the show.
For live musical entertainment during the show, a DJ booth was also set up, and food was available through the post.
All proceeds from the show contestants will be going directly to benefit veterans. The post will be making donations to Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and the Wounded Warriors Project. Hines Hospital provides healthcare services to veterans in the Chicago area, including the Blind Rehabilitation Center.
The Wounded Warriors Project provides programs and services to severely injured members during the time between active duty and the transition to civilian life.