Antique Car Rookie Wins Best in Show

His car might be from 1965, but Rick Pomroy of Bridgewater has only entered one car show. Call it beginner’s luck, or maybe he has truly found his calling, but Pomroy drove away with the Best in Show trophy after Saturday’s Second Annual Marion Classic Car Show.

“It feels really good, it’s my first show,” said Pomroy. “My two daughters entered me in the show as a Christmas gift. I’m excited right now. It was a lot of hard work.”

Pomroy defeated 18 other entries for the title with his blue 1965 Chevrolet Malibu Super Sport Convertible. He bought the car eight years ago in Plymouth. Since then, he’s been working diligently to restore it. The restoration was finally completed last fall.

“It was a full restoration,” Pomroy said. “We had to find the parts and rehab the parts. It cost a lot of money.”

The Marion Classic Car Show is put on by the Marion Recreation Department annually. All funds raised will benefit various programs in the town.

“In tough economic times, a lot of communities are struggling to make ends meet,” said Selectman and Recreation Department Member Jody Dickerson. “The demand on the Recreation Department is increased, and we have to subsidize our budget somehow.”

The idea to hold the show in Marion came to Dickerson last year after he had previously run shows in New Hampshire. The show was held on the lawn at Silvershell Beach overlooking the water.

“A lot of people have antique cars in the area, and we couldn’t ask for a better location,” Dickerson said.

While the show did draw in nearly 20 cars, Dickerson said the numbers were unfortunately down from last year.

“Unfortunately, there were a lot of car shows this weekend so are numbers are down from last year, but it’s just something we will have to look at as a committee and how we can increase it,” he said.

The lower turnout didn’t seem to faze the participants, who all enjoyed the entertainment and company provided throughout the entire day.

“It was an excellent competition and there were some excellent people,” said Pomroy. “Everyone was very friendly and there were some great cars.”

By Katy Fitzpatrick

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