Classic cars arrive at Guptill's

"I fell in love with the car," Alguire said.

Alguire thought about purchasing a Model T, looking at several that were for sale, before deciding he would build his own.

"I'm a hobbyist," he said, noting that he built the frame and got a junkyard transmission.

As much as he likes the attention that comes with owning the Model T, his favorite thing about the Guptill's cruises, he said, is that they aren't competitions. There are no entry fees or trophies.

"It's just a lot of fun," Alguire said. "There's no pressure."

Erin VanVeghten of Latham grew up enjoying the laid-back vibe at Guptill's with her dad, a longtime classic car owner. When she and her husband, Dana, learned the cruises at Guptill's were in jeopardy, they didn't think twice about joining forces with the Richardsons.

"We could not see losing such a good thing to do," Dana said.

"Everyone looks forward to it," Erin added.

Dana said that he's drawn to the club and the cruises for a simple reason: Cars are his passion.

"That's my thing," he said. "That's my football. That's my golf."

That's a common sentiment among classic car owners, who largely aren't into sports or drinking, said Pat Villani of Glenville, the group's treasurer.

"It's a whole different breed of person," Villani said. "You can walk up to any car person and you're going to find a friendly person."

Another trait car owners tend to share is that they're mechanically inclined, he said. That's the case with Villani, who said his gleaming '57 Chevy was an "old rust bucket" when he bought it.

Villani has actually owned a number of '57 Chevys. But he eventually got tired of them and decided to buy a '66 Impala convertible instead.

That didn't go over well at home.

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