Hidden Highlights From Last Week’s AOH Island Park Car Show
By Andrew Harris, photos by Charley Cannon
Last weekend Island Park in Wellsville was full of luxury cars, classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods and even a drag racer. Even for those who just drove a 2019 Ford Transit Van, it was a sight to behold. In my few walks through Corvettes, Mustangs, and other vehicles, a few stood out as both unique and “cool.”
The most unique was the “micro-car”, manufactured by Crosley Motors. The car is small enough to fit in the back of a standard van. Crosley Motors, was a pre-World War II start-up owned by Powel Crosley Jr., who also owned the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Wikipedia explains the company and some of the game-changing innovations it brought to the American automotive industry:
“Crosley introduced several “firsts” in American automotive history, including the first affordable, mainstream car with a overhead camshaft engine in 1946; the first use of the term ‘Sport(s-) Utility‘ in 1947, for a 1948 model year convertible wagon; and the first American cars to be fitted with 4-wheel type calipers disc brakesas well as America’s first post-war sports car, the Radiancein the 1949 model year.”
Here is a collection of photos taken by Charley Cannon, field photographer for the Wellsville Sun:
The Crosley wasn’t the only rare bird at the now-legendary car show produced by the Allegany County chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Longtime Wellsville resident and car enthusiast Dr. Ken Canfield brought his 1966 Dodge Charger to the show. The fact that this local celebrity has such a cool car in great condition is something to admire. What’s even more impressive is that Canfield bought the car new from Pfuntner Motors in Wellsville!! He placed the order for the Charger on Christmas Eve 1965 and “Doc” had the original bill of sale displayed. I think he paid around $3500!!!!
Ken had to leave the show early, so photographer Charley Cannon and HAE President Matt Cannon brought Dr. Canfield’s trophy to his garage and made his day and his week! About as cool as it gets….