CATCH CAR SHOW WITH NAU­TI­CAL THEME.

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - GO - By Pa­trick F. Quinn pquinn@ct­post.com

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.”

The Mar­itime Aquar­ium at Nor­walk / Con­trib­uted photo

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.

The Mar­itime Aquar­ium at Nor­walk / Con­trib­uted photo

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.

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