2018-07-07 / News

Ness Fest features vintage car show

By Bill Pekarski
Endeavor News

Coudersport resident Linda Gambino poses with a replica tommy gun aside one of the vehicles to be featured in town during the July 20-22 “Eliot Ness Fest: Touched by the Untouchable.” Organizers are projecting a turnout of about 5,000 people for the inaugural festival, celebrating the famed crime-fighter who spent the final years of his life in Coudersport. Curt Weinhold photoCoudersport resident Linda Gambino poses with a replica tommy gun aside one of the vehicles to be featured in town during the July 20-22 “Eliot Ness Fest: Touched by the Untouchable.” Organizers are projecting a turnout of about 5,000 people for the inaugural festival, celebrating the famed crime-fighter who spent the final years of his life in Coudersport. Curt Weinhold photo
Cars and trucks of the Roaring ‘20s are still widely regarded as some of the most gorgeous and glo­rious motor vehicles ever made. Take a walk down Main Street in Coudersport during the Eliot Ness Fest on Saturday, July 21, and you’ll see why.

With the exception of a replica or two, all of the cars and trucks are authen­tic vehicles from that era. They were manufactured not long after the very first automobile ever was made.

Visitors will see, close up, luxury touring cars and roadsters, as well as a Huckster truck, a toy deliv­ery truck and flatbeds and stake-sides of the kind used for bootleg beer and booze- running by Al Capone.

Also on display will be a Model A Doodlebug and a Model A Ford converted to a tractor, which was a com­mon practice in the days before tractors were more widely available.

Many of these glorious cars and trucks have been restored, making the Eliot Ness Fest a rare occasion to see these vehicles as they appeared when they first rolled off the assembly line for an American public ea­ger to increase its mobility.

Adding to the authentic­ity are those vehicles that served their intended pur­pose many decades ago and are now nearly as original as they can be, showing their wear.

The idea for adding a Vintage Car Show to the Eliot Ness Fest was the brainchild of a small core of car enthusiasts, led by the Green family, owners of the Southwoods Farm Nature Preserve, located south of Coudersport.

Brothers Steve and Danny Green took it from there, appealing to others who shared their passion for these vintage vehicles and tracking down every lead they could develop to locate authentic models from the early ‘20s into the early 1930s.

As the word spread that these vehicles would all be appearing in downtown Coudersport to lend an atmosphere of authenticity to the inaugural Eliot Ness Fest, others came forward to join in the mission.

Members of the Eliot Ness Fest Committee and the Potter County His­torical Society express their deep appreciation to the Green family and all others who have stepped up to create a display that is sure to be the talk of the festival.

More information on the inaugural festival, sched­uled for July 20-22, can be found on the website, eliotnessfest.com, or on the Facebook social media site under Eliot Ness Fest.

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