Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Father's Day at the Sully Antique Car Show

We celebrated Father's Day at the Antique Car Show at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Virginia. The car show was certain to be a great time for my husband, Craig, who put his 1968 Camaro on display. Although we have attended the car show in previous years, this was the first year in which he displayed his muscle car and registered to have it judged.

Craig was asked to park his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro for display at the Sully Historic Site at 10 a.m. and was required to stay at the event until 3:30 p.m. Knowing that it would be a long day, Emily and I drove separately so that we could return home for feedings, naps, and air conditioning.

Naturally, we spent a significant amount of time at the car show searching for other Camaros. We were able to identify several other first generation Camaros, which consist of model years 1967, 1968, and 1969.

We perused the rows and rows of cars, which covered the Sully Historic Site property. Approximately 400 cars were on display. We enjoyed admiring and learning more about various cars, trucks, and specialty vehicles with model years up to 1989.

The car show was co-hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the George Washington Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. As a result, a lot of early Ford cars were on display.


We met a lot of people and saw a variety of cars in every shape and size -- police cars, Woodies, antique Mack trucks, among other vehicles.

We also listened to bluegrass music performed by the New Old Time String Band. Emily enjoyed dancing to the instrumental music and clapping for all of the wonderful musicians. 

During the Car Show, we met a friendly couple who also had a vehicle on display. We talked about our cars, jobs, and our children. I was shocked to learn that the couple also had preemie baby -- who is now school-aged.

Meeting this couple reminded me of my favorite C.S. Lewis quote, “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." It seems like everywhere I go, I find other parents or preemies. These meaningful connections are powerful -- and provide me with great comfort and support.

A good time was had by all on Father's Day. I look forward to next year's Father's Day Antique Car Show -- as the event has rapidly become a family tradition! 

Preemie Blessings hopes you had a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Father's day!  How did you celebrate this important day? Do you have any special traditions?


  1. sounds like you had a blast!

  2. This is so funny, my daughter went to a car show for a bit on Father's Day with her grandpa. She's a bit obsessed... I'm thinking of doing a unit study for cars soon :)

  3. I married a car guy, so this would have been a "must attend" event if we had one near us :) Looks like such fun! I would have loved the bluegrass as well!

  4. Looks like you had a fun time. We went to a car show here, in California, too.

  5. My oldest would have loved this car show; he's 14 and very interested in anything car-related. (And I also am a preemie mom - twins born at 32 weeks who are now 11 years old!)

    TaMara @ Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

  6. I've never been to a car show, but I always love antique cars!

  7. We love car shows in my household. We have yet to go to one though this summer but there's one coming up in two weeks. My son goes crazy for them!

  8. I love vintage cars! My brother and Dad restored a '66 Mustang. It was so fun to drive!