SKANEATELES | The classic car show at the Skaneateles Field Days is about much more than just showing off your ride.
For many locals who frequent the event each year, it's about meeting new people and sharing their passion for cars. On Saturday, dozens of vehicles were on display at Austin Park for the annual show, bringing in car fanatics from all over the area.
Many of the cars on display were built piece by piece by their owners, allowing each one to be customized and stand out at the show. Camillus resident Rick Granholm has been building cars since he was 16, but said that the new ideas he gets from visiting shows every year is one of the things that keeps his hobby fun and exciting.
"You look down and see a variety of cars and you start to talk to people about things and hear suggestions," he said. "Even when you think your car is done, it's really not."
Some participants, like Granholm, have been displaying their masterpieces at the annual Skaneateles Field Days for many years, but for others, this year's show was their first experience with the classics that the village has to offer.
Harvey Nimmo, who has lived in Skaneateles for more than 30 years, entered his 1971 Ford Mustang into the show for the first time this year, though he has been driving it since the '70s. After hearing about the local show every year, he finally decided to take his shot at it this weekend.
"I've lived here since 1972 and have never been so I figured, why not?" Nimmo said.
On Saturday, Nimmo was not disappointed. He wandered the parking lot at Austin Park and talked to other car enthusiasts who share the hobby that he's enjoyed for decades, taking in new ideas while letting slip a few of his own.
"So far, I really like it," he said. "I'll probably come back next year."
Nimmo and Granholm also expressed another great benefit of the show - the profits from registration support the Skaneateles Fire Department.
Whether it was the first time or the 10th for the participants of this year's classic car show at the Skaneateles Field Days, many of them shared the same sentiment and agreed that while the cars are what bring them together, it's their fellow car-lovers who really make the day worthwhile.
"Meeting new people," Granholm said. "That's the fun part."