B.S.M.'s Santa's Streetcar 2014

THE CRAACA VISITS BSM
Article and Pictures By Andrew S. Blumberg

 

A stubborn winter finally gave way to a harbinger of spring when the Chesapeake Region, Antique Automobile Club of America (CRAACA), made the first of two visits scheduled for 2015 to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, on March 29.

 

Despite windy and cool conditions, approximately 40 vehicles graced the museum’s North Avenue Loop and adjacent carhouse trackage.  As usual, there was a healthy selection of automobiles, spanning the 1930s up to the 1980s—yes, even relics from the late years of the 20th century are now officially qualified to be classified as “antique.”  Classic sedans and re-tooled hot rods shared the stage with muscle cars and cream puffs that looked as pristine as the day they rolled off the assembly line.

 

Among the crowd favorites that made an appearance: an immaculate 1947 Cadillac, a jet-black 1949 Dodge, a split-window 1963 Corvette Stingray, a classic 1967 Buick Skylark and the meet’s winner, as picked by museum member Logan Tracey—a light green (as in mint) 1954 Hudson Hornet.

 

In addition to the beautiful selection of vintage vehicles, the barbershop quartet “Surprise!” from Gaithersburg, Maryland performed on the streetcars and amongst the antique autos for much of the afternoon.  Another treat was local organist Jim Curd, who played a medley of popular tunes (which included taking requests) inside the visitors’ center on his portable organ.  Various visitors tried to stump Jim with various 1950s and 60s television theme songs and Top 40 hits, but he proved up to the task with each and every one.

 

If you missed this appearance of the CRAACA, no need to worry—the group is scheduled to exhibit at the museum again this fall, on October 18.  Check the museum’s website's Events Page for more details as the date draws closer.

Article © 2015, Andrew S. Blumberg, all rights reserved.