In 2016, Sam Brown was able to find a piece of his childhood.
The 1956 Ford Fairline sedan he bought was almost exactly like the first car he ever owned, the one he bought from his workshop teacher at Middletown High School for $ 350.
The only difference was that the original car was white and the new one was black.
He joked that he would end up painting it white one of those years.
Brown, from Burkittsville, likes to take it out for a cruise every now and then.
“It’s usually our Sunday car,” he said.
On Thursday, Brown brought it to the vintage car parade at the Great Frederick Fair, a gathering of vintage and vintage vehicles.
It was the fair’s 50th annual parade after it went missing last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After heavy rains on Wednesday, Thursday afternoon was a bright and cool fall day.
Beside Brown’s car, Frederick’s Chip Horn stood next to his 1928 Model A Roadster pickup truck.
His father bought it in 1962 for $ 1,800, and after watching it for much of his childhood and driving it until his last day of school in 1978, Chip got it in 1981. .
But the transfer process took a while.
He joked that he had half the truck since he was 21, and everything since he was 25.
He doesn’t drive it a lot, but for an older vehicle parts are easy to get hold of, he said. The roadster came with screwdrivers, a wrench and a jack, Horn said, and you can work on almost any part of the vehicle with them.
While today’s cars are full of computers and sensors, older cars aren’t. Like the 1929 Ford Model A roadster that New Market‘s Ron Jenkins drove on Thursday.
“If there is gas, a spark and water, that’s all it needs,” he said.
The car is owned by his father, and they restored it together in 1998.
Don Jenkins, the father, said he liked the lines of the car’s body and it was easy to work on.
Dad and son restored a few cars, and Ron said it was a great way to spend time together.
“I didn’t play any sports in high school,” he said. “We just worked on cars.”
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