september, 2022

24sep9:00 am2:00 pmKlingberg Vintage Motorcar Event

Event Details

Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Series Event

We are excited to be planning the 30th Anniversary Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Event. Thirty years is a long time for an event to endure. Just think, all the brand new cars in the spectator lot at our first show are considered antiques now by the DOT! When we began in 1992 all of the horseless carriage and brass automobiles were not yet 100 years old, and now they are all over 100 years old.

What started as just a car show evolved into a Concours. An old friend, the late Lou Biondi, brought his New Britain–made 1908 Corbin automobile to the first Klingberg Auto Show. Besides attracting to our events other automobiles of the same vintage, we began to find other automobiles manufactured in CT and gather and celebrate them, one make at a time. By 2012, we called the event what it had become, the Klingberg Pre-war Concours d’Elegance.

This simple car show developed quickly into a full festival with activities for the whole family. There was great food–remember the homemade clam chowder, the apple pies, the lobster rolls? That was during the years that we were able to prepare and serve the food. We had a variety of entertainment: Cirque du Soleil clowns and mime, dramatic history performers, period dancers, a barbershop choir, a ‘50s band, and even a hot air balloon launch with a car instead of a basket! We added other historic elements to our events with displays from the New Britain Industrial Museum, Connecticut Radio Museum, Connecticut Historical Society, etc. Just a few years ago we added two permanent features: the Klingberg Children’s Home Museum hosted by alumni from the orphanage era, 1903-1970, and the Klingberg Hall of Honor to recognize those who shared a passion for cars and mentored others who wanted to learn the trade.

General admission is $10, seniors (65+) $8. For show cars, the fee is $10 for drivers and one passenger.

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Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required
Physical Distance Maintained
Outdoor Event

Time

(Saturday) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location

Klingberg

370 Linwood Street New Britain, CT, 06052

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