Early 20th cen­tury an­tiques meet­ing to­day’s dream cars

RSWLiving - - Features - BY KLAUDIA BALOGH Klaudia Balogh is an Ed­i­to­rial As­sis­tant for TOTI Me­dia.

When Steve Good­bread drives Main Street on Fort My­ers Beach, his Corvette Z06 turns heads. “It was a dream come true,” Good­bread says of his 2015 two-seater, show­ing the deep red in­te­rior of the 650-horse­power ma­chine. Good­bread’s car and more than 100 other clas­sics roll in to the Par­rot Key Caribbean Grill on Fort My­ers Beach on first Mon­days, Oc­to­ber through April. It’s where own­ers ea­gerly talk about their “baby” at the monthly Caribbean Cruise-In. Charles Snider, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor at Salty Sam’s Water­front Ad­ven­tures, says ve­hi­cles can date to the early 1900s.

A Corvette en­thu­si­ast, Jerry Har­ber, who owned some 50 Corvettes in his life­time―his friends, in fact, called him Corvette Jerry―started the car show more than 10 years ago. Af­ter Har­ber’s pass­ing in June, the show continues in his name. There’s an ad­di­tional raf­fle at the event to ben­e­fit the Com­pre­hen­sive Cancer Cen­ter’s nurse ed­u­ca­tion ac­count at the Univer­sity of Chicago. “My dad was al­ways very thankful for the nurses who gave him out­stand­ing care,” says Brad Har­ber, Jerry’s son. “This re­ally does mean a lot to honor him this way.”

The Caribbean Cruise-In runs 5 p.m. through 8 p.m., but many own­ers ar­rive ear­lier, chat and grab din­ner at the restau­rant. At­ten­dance and reg­is­tra­tion are free. There’s a draw­ing for prizes.

David Hulsey shows a 1959 Cadil­lac El­do­rado passed down by his folks. “This car has been all across the coun­try,” he says, “from Hawaii to Florida, and has a lot of his­tory and mem­o­ries at­tached to it.”

Bring your col­lectible ve­hi­cle on first Mon­days to the Caribbean Cruise-In on Fort My­ers Beach. You’ll see such clas­sics as a 1957 Chevy (above), a ’59 El­do­rado (below left) and the hot new Corvette (below right). The event is free.

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