Metuchen High School presents Project Graduation’s first car show on Aug. 8. As car shows go, this one was pretty typical but no less fun. Metuchen High School students and their parents judged for first- and second-place winners to which trophies were given.
We walked around the Pearl Street parking lot admiring how shiny these cars were in the bright summer sun. Must be some kind of professional wax we don’t know about we muttered. We ventured on camera in hand looking for that one gem of an automobile.
Is that Marilyn Monroe in the back of that car with Flame decals on the side? Wait, is the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in that car with her we continued to wonder as the sight of a classic VW bettle caught our eye. Now this car looks like it has been dipped in a pool of color aqua turtle wax. And by that we mean we like this bug. It certainly stood out from the Camaros and the ho-hums.
We were told we missed some gems from the morning’s festivities. Apparently there were better cars in the AM, which we highly doubted. What we saw in that afternoon were good enough feast for the eyes.
There was this classic Mercedes that sported a velcroed hacked-up wristwatch that serves as its dashboard timepiece, complete with fabricated wood trims. A 1929 Mercedes Gaselle with a leather ‘hood belt’. Not bad, not bad at all. We told the owner to check out our photos in this website. Unabashedly, he mentions he doesn’t ‘internet’. We weren’t surprised – a man so passionate with his gem of a car, who’d have time for the ‘internets’. We urged him on to check out this website anyway as we bid his Benz one last glance.
If we were judge, we’d have picked the VW as the winner. The owner obviously put a tremendous amount of effort in making this one ‘just right’. No fancy motor under the hood with just the right amount of chrome. And we fell in love with the wicker glove compartment. Or more correctly, a wicker shelf under the dashboard. The roof rack too looks so precisely created you almost don’t want to use it for its intended purpose for fear of scratching the perfectly aligned wooden planks.

People of Metuchen must love their automobiles. Between the Cruise Nights and this car show, you’d think we’d be sick of gawking at shiny cars we can’t afford to buy. Heck no. There’s always something new to discover and learn from these events. And oftentimes, the owners are more interesting than their four-wheeled ‘precious’. (Yes that’s a Lord of the Rings reference. And no, we don’t mean to say the owners are as obsessed as Gollum).
If you missed this show, don’t worry – in Metuchen there’s bound to be another car show in a week or two. 🙂
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