Car Spotting, Woodstock NY, August 2017

My wife and I spent this past weekend in the Woodstock NY area. It was a quick visit: up on Saturday and back on Sunday. We were gone for barely more than 24 hours, but it was fun. She had never seen the town of Woodstock before; I have been there, but so long ago that I can’t remember when it was.

Sidebar for those who may wonder if this was the site of the famous Woodstock Music & Art Festival of 1969: it was not, although the Festival was named after it. While this is an automotive blog and not a musical one, here is a Wikipedia link which provides the story to that event.

I mention the above because, wandering the streets of this artsy-and-crafty town, I felt like I could have been in Greenwich Village circa 1972. The hippie vibe is alive, and certainly not discouraged by local townsfolk, many of whom make a living from reliving the August ’69 weekend. This “vibe” extends to some of the automobiles I saw on the streets and in the parking lots.


One of the more colorful shops which celebrates all that is Woodstock- note the VW bus shirt


Below are pictures of a few of the interesting cars and trucks scattered through the town. (Cars which drove by too quickly for me to capture on camera included a first generation Ford Bronco and an early chrome-bumpered Fiat 124 Spider.) Sadly, no flower-powered Beetles were seen, but I’m certain that one or two are tucked away in backyard sheds in Woodstock. A return visit is in order so that I may hunt them down.

Not the classic VW bus, but close enough. Just add psychedelic paint.


Early ’60s Chevrolet pickup


This Triumph Spitfire looks like it’s been here a while


This Volvo 240 wagon’s rear bumper delete makes muffler service easier


This first generation Mustang was being used as Saturday transportation


While not an old car, the license plate plays to the flower-power mindset



All photographs copyright © 2017 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.


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