Classic car enthusiasts get their fill at local shows

Rick and Leah Kouns admire a 1929 Ford Model A at a recent car show in Indian Harbour Beach.

 

Several vehicles at a recent Friendly’s-hosted Car, Truck and Bike Show caught the attention of Rick and Leah Kouns.

They stopped and lingered a while, admiring a light yellow 1929 Ford Model A before moving on to other vehicles.

“I love car shows, it’s a fun thing to do,” Rick Kouns said. “I knew this one was on, so we came.”

The Kouns, of Cocoa Beach, said they like car shows so much that they are present at almost every car show in the area.

“We go to just about all of them,” Leah Kouns said.

About 100 owners exhibited their vehicles at the recent show in the parking lot of the Friendly’s Restaurant in Indian Harbor Beach.

“I enjoy doing these,” said Louis VanDorin of Indialantic. “I do all these local shows.”

VanDorin was exhibiting his black 1934 Chevrolet pickup.

Bill Antonetz, the show’s organizer, has been involved with car shows for about 20 years, and about 15 years organizing them.

The show sometimes helps raise funds for charitable organizations. Others are held simply to bring cheer to people and have fun, Antonetz said.

“It went pretty good tonight,” he said after the show at Friendly’s.

At some of the most recent shows, like the one at Friendly’s, ballroom dancers showed off their skills on a makeshift stage in the parking lot.

“Every time I have a different group come out,” said Liz Hill, who coordinates the dance exhibition. “The people that come really like

the dance.”

Antonetz sometimes takes the car show to senior assisted living facilities.

“I also do drive-by nursing homes and assisted living facilities,” he said. “It’s nice. I do it because it gives me satisfaction that it can make somebody smile.”

A former sales manager for Cadillac and Oldsmobile for about 30 years in Connecticut, Antonetz has had a love for cars since his youth.

“I was around cars all my life,” said the Indialantic resident. “It’s in my blood.”

Antonetz shares his enthusiasm with his daughter Denise Coffman and son-in-law Don Coffman and with his grandson, 18-year-old Dylan Martin.

“I want to see this hobby continue,” he said. “I want to pass it on.”