Bellmore, New York, U.S. July 30, 2021. Cardboard cutout of movie star Burt Reynolds holds up fingers making ‘V for Victory’ sign from driver’s window of 1981 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 4.8, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show, held at the Bellmore Long Island Rail Road parking lot, with hundreds of visitors enjoying classic and customized cars and pleasant summer weather. (© 2021 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Bellmore Friday Night (Lights) Car Show

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 2, 2021

Classic cars light up the town

. WHEN: Fridays, 6-10 PM, May 15th through October 1st, 2021, weather permitting
. WHERE: Bellmore Long Island Rail Road parking lot
. ADMISSION: Walk through = Free • Parked car = $5
. HOST: Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores



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Bellmore, New York, U.S. July 30, 2021. A classic black 1955 Chevrolet with airplane hood ornament, and ONEHOT55, license plate, is on display at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Bellmore, New York, U.S. July 30, 2021. A classic black 1955 Chevrolet with airplane hood ornament, and ONEHOT55, license plate, is on display at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

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“Bellmore, New York, U.S. July 30, 2021. A classic black 1955 Chevrolet with airplane hood ornament, and ONEHOT55 license plate, gleams during sunset at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A classic black 1955 Chevrolet with airplane hood ornament, and ONEHOT55 license plate, gleams during sunset at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

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Bellmore, New York, U.S. July 30, 2021. A classic black 1955 Chevrolet with airplane hood ornament, and ONEHOT55, license plate, is on display at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)



Friday night, July 30th, brought unusually comfortable, cool weather, and Bob and I were fully vaccinated for Covid-19, so we visited the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show for the first time since 2019.


1959 Chevrolet Apache picks up L.I. spirits

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. RUSS KOHLER of Seaford is sitting in driver's seat of his orange 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache truck at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. RUSS KOHLER of Seaford sits in driver’s seat of his orange 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache truck at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

Past sunset, I noticed an awesome orange 1959 Chevy Apache, with its owner, RUSS KOHLER, of Seaford, sitting in the driver’s seat, with his face lit by the instrument panel lights.

Through various non-profit events, Kohler uses his classic car to bring cheer to his fellow Long Islanders, and driving it in birthday car parades struck me most powerfully.

Starting in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic first struck Long Island, Kohler put a big Happy Birthday banner on the side of his truck while joining many dozens of birthday car parades, helping people celebrate without the risk of spreading or catching the virus.

Covid-19 has killed over 600,000 Americans, but “more than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” –  CNN, August 2, 2021

However, children under 12 aren’t eligible to get the vaccination, so their Covid-19 prevention options are to wear a mask and socially distance. My grandsons and granddaughter are all under 12 – one is nearly 12 years younger than that.

Those who can and do choose to get vaccinated, wear a mask, and socially distance are the truest good neighbors possible to those who cannot choose to get the Covid-19 vaccination – whether they live together or half way around the world from each other.

“At the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show, RUSS KOHLER of Seaford shows, on his mobile phone, a video of his 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache truck the person he bought it from sent him. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. At the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show, RUSS KOHLER of Seaford shows, on his mobile phone, a video of his 1959 Chevrolet Apache truck the Texas owner he bought it from sent him. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Polaris Slingshot autocar – 3 wheels & a pinup

“Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheel autocar, is colorfully lit and has a WWII sailor pin up girl illustration on hood, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheel autocar, is colorfully lit and has a WWII sailor pin up girl illustration on hood, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


1984 Buick Regal – flat out of luck?

“Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A blue 1984 Buick Regal has eye-catching driver’s side front wheel in air and a passenger side front flat tire, and the license plate DAVESSAL, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Bellmore, NY, U.S. July 30, 2021. A blue 1984 Buick Regal has an eye-catching flat tire on front passenger’s side, and wheel high in air on front driver’s side, at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


FEATURE PHOTO Smokey and the Bandit (at top of post): Bellmore, NY, USA. July 30, 2021. Cardboard cutout of Burt Reynolds making a ‘V for Victory’ sign, at driver’s window of black 1981 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 4.8 is at the Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Long Island Railroad model trains, a large G gauge, travel outdoors during the Old Westbury Gardens opening reception for its Great Pine Railway exhibit, which includes Long Island landmarks and runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com)

Next Stop: Outdoor Model Trains at Old Westbury Gardens

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 28, 2021

Great Pine Railway at Old Westbury Gardens

VIDEO: (1:53) Old Westbury Gardens – 6/23/2021: 

The opening reception for Old Westbury Gardens’ outdoor Great Pine Railway Exhibit was the first event Bob and I attended there since COVID-19 struck Long Island early 2020. The fun for the whole family exhibit of G scale model trains runs through September 6th. 

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Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The red Westbury House of OWG is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The red Westbury House of OWG is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury Gardens commissioned Leslie Salka Inc to create the Great Pine Railway display, including creative models of four Long Island Gold Coast landmarks:  

Eagle’s Nest at William K Vanderbilt’s estate, Centerport

Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve

Westbury House at Old Westbury Gardens

Oheka Castle in Huntington

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. NANCY COSTOPOLUS, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, attends its members only opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. NANCY COSTOPOLUS, President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens, attends its members only opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit, which includes Long Island landmarks, and it runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Children enjoyed the chance to run after the several large  model trains traveling the over 220 feet of tracks, ranging from near ground level to high overhead. 

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The orange Oheka Castle, of Huntington, is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens has an opening reception for its Great Pine Railway outdoor model train exhibit. The orange Oheka Castle, of Huntington, is one of several Long Island landmarks Leslie Salka Inc created for the unique large G gauge model railroad exhibit, which runs until September 6. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

We enjoyed passing through the Rose Garden on our way to and from the Great Pine Railway:

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens estate grounds, including its rose gardens, are once again open to visitors, with certain Covid-19 related restrictions, the summer of 2021. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. June 23, 2021. Old Westbury Gardens’ rose gardens are once again open to visitors, with certain Covid-19 related restrictions, the summer of 2021. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)


Feature Photo at top of post: Old Westbury, NY, USA. June 23, 2021. A locomotive guides a large G gauge model train on elevated tracks around the perimeter of the Great Pine Railway exhibit at Old Westbury Gardens.


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