CATCH CAR SHOW WITH NAUTICAL THEME.
Familes can celebrate Father’s Day a day early on Saturday, June 16, by taking dad to the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium’s auto show, “Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea.”
The aquarium’s first auto show will feature, appropriately, 11 rare cars all named for marine animals, including a 1956 Bangert Manta
Ray, a 1962 Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, plus classic Marlins, Barracudas, Sting Rays and more.
“The ocean inspires us all — even car-makers — and we are excited to present examples of the best vehicles named for creatures of the sea,” aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth said in a news release. “The cars in this exhibit aren’t cars off the street. They’re rare and beautiful show cars, some of which are coming from Florida and New Hampshire just for the day.”
The aquarium said the must-“sea” cars expected to be displayed outside on the its riverfront courtyard include:
a 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a fiberglass-bodied kit car, one of only four that still exist;
a 1962 Covington Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, another fiberglass-bodied vehicle that has been called “the most streamlined car in the world.” It has an engine and transmission from a 1971 Renault R10;
a 1965 Rambler Marlin and a 1966 AMC Marlin “Sport Fastback”;
a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 440, an original black on black and one of only 334 440 4-speed ’cudas built that year;
a 1973 Porsche “Viper Green” 911 Carrera, known for its froggish appearance;
a 1979 Porsche 930 Whale
Tail, one of only 1,200 made that year;
a 1987 BMW M6 E24 Shark;
a 1994 Porsche “964 generation” 911 Whale Tail, one of only 1,400 made;
and a 2014 and a 2016 Corvette Sting Ray.
Sigworth said in an email interview that the “seed for the car show was planted last November when, for Veterans Day Weekend, we brought in some military Jeeps and humvees for display and noticed that kids and wives couldn’t get the dads away from the vehicles. So we realized: we should have a car show.”
And then the aquarium soon decided, naturally, to look only for cars named for marine animals. He said special signage at the show will make connections between the cars and their model names, with the real animals in the aquarium, such as the sharks (tiburon), barracuda and rays.
“Fast and fierce fish like sharks and marlins and barracudas work as car names, but there don’t seem to be as many models named for fish as there are for land animals,” Sigworth said. “As fascinating as marine animals are, perhaps their personas don’t always translate to the brand image that car makers are seeking. While we all love octopuses and sea turtles, you probably wouldn’t want to drive a Ford Octopus or a Chevy Loggerhead.”
Sigworth said the event would make for an ideal Father’s Day experience.
“Families are always looking for something unique to do with dad on Father’s Day weekend,” Sigworth said. “Our experience from Veterans Day weekend suggests that the car show will be a popular bonus for the dads — and also for the grandfathers. The range of the cars’ model years — from a ’65 Marlin to a 2016 Stingray — will appeal to multiple generations.”
Above is a 1962 Covington Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, a fiberglass-bodied vehicle that has been called “the most streamlined car in the world.” It has an engine and transmission from a 1971 Renault R10, according to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, which is hosting a car show on June 16.
A 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a fiberglass-bodied kit car, is one of only four that still exist, according to the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, which is hosting its first car show.