MONROE, CT — Jim Somers, 80, labored at Tomek & Sons Dairy on Daniels Farm Highway as a young person, whereas rising up in his hometown of Trumbull. The farm had a fleet of Divco milk vehicles.
“I discovered to drive a type of issues standing up,” he recalled. “I fell in love with it.”
Somers’ 1951 Divco milk truck was among the many vintage and customized automobiles and vehicles, hotrods, muscle automobiles and classics on show on the Particular Olympics Automobile Present on Fireman’s Subject, on the nook of routes 110 and 111 in Monroe, Saturday.
The present was hosted by the Monroe Police Division and the Monroe Road Rodders. The occasion featured music, meals vehicles and trophies for the highest autos amongst a number of classes.
The Monroe Volunteer Hearth Division, which is celebrating its a centesimal anniversary this 12 months, allowed the present’s organizers to make use of its area, and introduced vintage fireplace vehicles there for show.
Somers wore a white milkman hat and his truck, which bears the Meadowbrook Farms dairy merchandise emblem, was crammed with outdated glass milk bottles. Two small inflatable cows have been displayed on the dashboard and people attending the automotive present may learn outdated newspaper articles in regards to the dairy.
“About 25 years in the past, I had six of those vehicles, together with this one,” Somers stated. “I collected them after I was younger and thought I’d repair them up after I received older.”
He wound up promoting the outdated vehicles, earlier than rekindling his curiosity 5 years in the past and shopping for again the 1951 mannequin. Since he had offered it, the truck belonged to house owners in New York, Florida and New Jersey, earlier than coming again to Connecticut.
“I began getting into it into automotive exhibits,” Somers stated. “I’ve received lots of trophies. I don’t assume I’ll get one right this moment.”
The Divco is called after the Detroit Industrial Automobile Co. that produced it for 60 years, based on Somers, who stated the truck is the one automobile the corporate made.
Among the many fleet of autos at Fireman’s Subject Saturday, was a white 1965 Mustang owned by Dean T. Radcliffe and a crimson 1971 Corvette owned by Jim Bogos. Each males are from Trumbull.
A blue 1953 Ford F100 pickup truck has an arrogance plate that claims, “GRUMPS”.
“That’s what my grandchildren name me,” stated Joe Mazzucco of Milford, who sat in a chair on the grass by his truck. “My daughter lives in Monroe.”
A photograph gallery beneath captures photographs from Saturday’s automotive present.