Wood-decked beauties on display at the ‘woodie’ car show in Wareham

WAREHAM – Vintage beauties who visited AD Makepeace’s Tihonet Village on Sunday as part of the National Woodie Club’s Car Show Yankee Wood Chapter aren’t just meant to be on display.

Cars affectionately nicknamed “woodies” because they originate from a bygone era when wood was used in the construction of a car are still packed with functions in their elegant forms.

The wood was originally used on American automobiles because it cost less, and the manufacturers were primarily former producers of wooden horse-drawn cars, according to Popular Mechanics.

As we know, steel processing won out and wood was largely phased out over time.

But these dogs can still hunt.

Take organizer David Buckman of the 1952 Plymouth green Buick, which he has owned for 33 years, and which was on display Sunday.

The wood was originally used on American automobiles because it cost less, and the manufacturers were primarily former producers of wooden horse-drawn cars, according to Popular Mechanics.

“I have traveled half of the country three times. I have been to Atlanta; Chicago; Saint Louis; Columbus, Ohio; Flint, Michigan; across the Adirondacks; in Canada; and throughout Maine, ”Buckman said.

A year before its 70th birthday, the Buick has over 119,000 miles on it. But the car can still reach 85 mph.

Take a look.

Buckman added, “If I keep it between 60 and 70, I get about 17 miles per gallon on the freeway. I’m about 14 years old in town.

The Yankee Wood Chapter is the New England chapter of the National Woodie Club, and its purpose is to promote the enthusiasm and preservation of these vehicles.

The show at Tihonet Village has been a September fixture since 2016, when Buckman took over as organizer, with the exception of last year’s COVID hiatus.

A walk on a road of automotive memory.

The show had been taking place in Cape Town since 2011, but this organizer gave it up in 2014.

Buckman said he didn’t have enough time or location to hold the event in 2015, but that changed in 2016 with the venue going to Makepeace’s Tihonet Village.

“And it’s a perfect, perfect place,” Buckman said. “It’s beautiful and it’s inviting.

Makepeace Farms was also open during the event for treats and gifts.

Tailgating possibilities.
Looks like it just rolled out of the factory.
The tail is optional,
The show at Tihonet Village has been a September fixture since 2016, when Buckman took over as organizer, with the exception of last year's COVID hiatus.
A year before its 70th birthday, Buckman's Buick has racked up more than 119,000 miles.  But the car can still reach 85 mph.

Live music has also been part of the event since its arrival in the village of Tihonet.

“My friend’s band has performed here every year since 2016 – the Class Action Suits. They are from the South Shore. And they are wonderful. They have been playing together for years.

And while the classic action suits scratched, visitors strolled through the park and took a long look at the vintage cars.

This Buick went to Atlanta;  Chicago;  Saint Louis;  Columbus, Ohio;  Flint, Michigan;  across the Adirondacks;  in Canada;  and throughout Maine.
The Yankee Wood Chapter is the New England chapter of the National Woodie Club, and its purpose is to promote the enthusiasm and preservation of these vehicles.
Narrow but spacious.
Can you drive a standard?
The food is actually plastic - but you get the idea.

“I am amazed,” Buckman said. “Every year there are always a few cars that I’ve never seen before that show up – a few Woodies that come from elsewhere. We have 17 today.

It was a good-sized crowd, although Buckman said he thought 2019 was more important.

And he’s ready to check the turnout in 2022.

“We’ll be back next year, God willing and the stream doesn’t go up,” he joked – “and global warming doesn’t melt cars. We will be back.”

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