Basic automobile outlets see extra demand when the auto exhibits return

WILLISTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Auto shows have returned this summer as COVID restrictions were lifted, but preparing for a car show can take a lot of time and effort.

After The Quintin Brothers’ SEMA Challenger was stolen and crashed in front of the Las Vega Car Show in 2019, it’s ready to roll. “There’s a lot of custom work going on, some interiors, a completely custom paint job,” said Tim Quintin, one half of the team at the Williston specialist workshop.

With over 700 horsepower, the pro-charged beast is done. It was a long-term project for a Pennsylvania buyer. The Quintin Brothers have had some challenges, like waiting for the bottlenecks in the carbon fiber supply chain due to COVID, but now they are ready to take to the streets as the world reopens.

“It was crazy, everyone wants to go somewhere every weekend,” said Quintin. “Everyone wants their car to drive now. They don’t want to wait, they don’t want to miss the time out with people. “

And as the dog days of summer continue, there are plenty of opportunities to take to the streets. “People are just excited to come out and see other people, show their cars, get the cars ready. You sit at home like everyone else, can’t get out and have all your pride in the garage and can’t show it to anyone. So when you get out, meet friends, talk to friends, that’s pretty nice, ”said Pete Quintin, the other half of the company

“The demand is really huge with the hobbyists, with the car collectors, with the club members,” says Chris Barbieri, Marketing Director of Vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet.

The Waterbury Car Show is starting this year after it got the red light last year due to COVID. It was the first time in her 64 years that it couldn’t happen, which made this year even better.

“There’s a lot of excitement here,” said Barbieri.

This includes a flea market, a car corall, a parade or just the show. Barbieri says there is something for everyone and they have ten times as many inquiries as years ago. They too have already achieved their starting number target and are expecting more. “They come to the show out of nostalgia and the memories they have,” Barbieri said.

But some car memories are best left unheeded. While the Quintin Brothers are refining some last-minute classics for Vermonters and preparing the Challenger for the journey home, they say it’s getting a hand-delivery this time. “Us personally. In our trailer, our truck. And we deliver it ourselves, ”said Tim.

The brothers say with the state restrictions lifted, there will be car gatherings everywhere every weekend, be it a cruise, cars and coffee or a full blown show.

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