Sunday Drive car show sees over 300 cruisers and classic cars at Malabar Farm

LUCAS — Car junkies gathered at Malabar State Farm showing off their unique rides Sunday afternoon.

The third Sunday Drive Car Show saw more than 300 classic cars and cruisers.

Bob Berry, the vice president of the Malabar Farm Foundation said the day was picture perfect.

“We are probably closing in on 400 cars. We have music, we have food — people are having a great time,” he said. “There are some one-of-a-kind cars here. People who go to car shows say they see cars here they don’t see at other shows.”

The Sunday Drive title is a reference to when local families would drive to the state farm after church, said Victoria Cochran, marketing and special events coordinator for the foundation.

“They would come to the big house for a picnic, learn about taking care of the land and probably talk politics too,” she said.

Profits from the event are invested back into the park. 

“One of the bigger projects has been the artwork and furniture restoration inside the big house,” said Corre Boyer, park manager at Malabar Farm State Park.

One self-proclaimed motorhead brought two cars: a 1952 Oldsmobile convertible and a 1954 Cadillac convertible.

“That one’s all original,” said Frank Graszl of his Oldsmobile. “The Cadillac is restored, but totally restored 100 percent to original. Nothing that has been done to the car is not original to what it was like.”

Graszl said he has been collecting cars over the past 65 years of his life. 

“I’ve owned over 300 cars in my lifetime,” he said gleaming. “Ten years ago, I had maybe 20 cars, and thinned that out. I looked at my birth certificate and said, ‘Well, you’re getting pretty old. You may need to thin the herd a little bit.’ Now I’m down to just six cars.”

Graszl and his wife are quite the car couple. He said his wife drives a 1956 Oldsmobile and the two head to car shows on a regular basis.

“Between my wife and I, we go to a car show once a week,” he said. “We go weekly, if not two or three times a week. This is the nicest one we’ve been to.”

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