Cars, cars and more cars — as far as the eye can see.
Saturday was a beautiful day — sunny, clear skies with a cool breeze — perfect weather in Central Florida to draw a crowd to the 17th Annual Wells Auto Car Show.
Wells Motors, located on U.S. 27 in Avon Park, held the annual event to help kick off what is known as “Race Week.”
“This is our 17th year with the auto show. We always have it the week before the Race (Twelve Hours of Sebring) Week. There are over 200 cars and over 1,000 people are here today,” said event coordinator Tim Osterlund.
Cars on display ranged from classics, antiques, muscle cars, specialty trucks, roasters and even the official 2014 race pace car. Attendees enjoyed the cars, refreshments and activities.
A very sharp and shiny red 1967 Corvette, many a young man’s dream car, greeted attendees as they entered the car lot. The original sticker on the windshield said the price was $5021.50. Don’t you wish you could buy a new Vette for that price now?
Randy Galey, who lives in Sebring in the winter and in Indiana in the summer, looked over the Vette.
“I had a blue 1967 Corvette waiting for me when I got out of the service. It was awesome! This brings back so many memories to me,” he said.
The actual 2014 Twelve Hours of Sebring pace car was available for viewing in a place of honor in the center of the lot. It is a bright yellow Corvette. Fred Fisher not only looked it over, he actually got to sit inside and feel the power and excitement of Race Week.
“I really like the GM cars,” Fisher said. “This is so very special since it’s the actual pace car.”
There were a lot of antique models to view also, bringing back fond memories for many people.
A white Ford truck with a pretty interesting burgundy paint job was examined by Bob Williams. “What a fine vehicle this is,” he said while examining the motor under the hood. Williams is the associate director of the Heartland Pops. He also plays trumpet with the group.
A very interesting beige and brown Mercedes Benz drew a lot of attention from the crowd. It even had its own mascot — a brown teddy bear dressed in a leather jacket and goggles. Very appropriate attire for a well-dressed bear (or man) for the era, going out for a spin in their roadster. The Benz was a 1929 Model Me 4042.
Other interesting cars on site were Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger and a Dodge Viper from the 24 hours of LeMans.
John Dean, one of the top drivers in the National Playboy Mazda series, was available later in the day to talk about racing and signed autographs.
It is all about race cars this week as the gates open on Wednesday at Sebring International Raceway.
A full 68-car grid will be in place for the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida that will be held this Saturday.