“There’s no one special car here. They’re all special to somebody.”
HANOVER – Joe Haggerty stood proudly beside his 1973 Dodge Dart. The car isn’t just distinctive for its smooth jet black coat. The bright red wheels are adorned with three-dimensional skulls. Inside the engine, a bottle of Jim Beam’s Devil Cut, a bourbon whiskey, holds the washer fluid.
“It’s a thing I turned into a demon,” said Haggerty about the devilish theme. “It’s actually a pretty good-running car.”
Haggerty’s Dodge Demon, and dozens of others, were entered into the 5th annual Car Show 720 Sunday. Nearly every parking spot was filled at the Cardinal Cushing School, with everything from a vintage Ford hot rod to a Desoto sedan. The show, put on every July since 2013, is in honor of Christos Theodorou.
Christos Theodorou was killed on Christmas morning in a car accident in 2012. He was 25. At the time of his death, he was working as a auto mechanic at Central Automotive in Hyde Park. His father, Nick, said Christos had always had a fascination with cars.
The family tries to schedule the show as close to July 20 as possible, Christos’ birthday.
Through donations, the show raises money for different causes, including Joanna’s Place in Weymouth and Road to Responsibility in Marshfield.
The first Car Show 720 was put together in a week with only 11 cars showing. At Sunday’s show, more than 80 cars had arrived.
“At heart, we’re still an 11-car show,” said George.
The show is entirely free: free to attend and free to show a car. As a result, the cars parked in the lot were diverse, with every decade represented.
“This was more than we expected,” said Nick Theodorou. “But we’ve never discouraged anyone from bringing a car. If you want to bring a car, bring it.”
Some car enthusiasts made the trek out to Hanover in pursuit of inspiration. Jack Snyder, of Weymouth, had recently bought a 1971 Monte Carlo and was looking for ideas on how to restore it.
“It brings the old days back,” said Snyder on his car hobby.
Others, like Janet Rakauskas and Mary Jacobvitz, both of Weymouth, were new to car shows. Rakauskas had spotted a gray ‘36 Mercedes while wandering the show.
“If I was filthy rich, I would go up there and ask the owner how much,” said Rakauskas, laughing.
Both said they were amazed by the amount of time and money owners put into maintaining their cars.
“It’s a lot of work and a lot of love,” said Jacobvitz. “Definitely a labor of love.”
Nick refrained from singling out any one car in the lot as particularly noteworthy.
“There’s no one special car here,” said Nick Theodorou. “They’re all special to somebody.”
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