John DiMarco’s 1937 Chevy was parked almost in the middle of the lot Saturday during the “Star Spangled” Cars and Coffee at the Richmond Hill History Museum.
That was fitting since the patriotic-themed vehicle drew a lot of attention.
People gathered around the car, taking in its deep red paint, white seats with red and blue striping and the engine with “USA” across the carburetor.
The event, hosted by the Richmond Hill Convention and Visitors Bureau, occurs the first Saturday of every month and kicked off the local Independence Day celebrations.
DiMarco, a Staten Island native, bought the car four decades ago when he was 18. His history with the vehicle sounds almost Springsteen-esque.
“There was no motor, no transmission, and it had plexiglass windows,” he said. “They used to race it in New Jersey.”
The patriotic theme was added about three years ago, but DiMarco said he has redone the vehicle three times.
“It was black with a tan interior,” he said. “The last renovation took 25 years though.”
DiMarco said he and his wife had three kids and he wasn’t able to work on the Chevy as consistently as he wanted, but the time involved makes him appreciate it more.
“I redid it from scratch with a new chassis and new motor,” he said. “I don’t take it out a lot because the underside is all chrome and you have to put it on a lift to clean it.”
DiMarco said he’s taken the car to a few Cars and Coffee events in the past, but “I had to bring it to this one, being Fourth of July weekend and all.”