Antique auto club visits MOIH

May 21, 2011 CVR Antique Car Club Visit

John Johnson, President of the “CVR” (Connecticut Valley Region Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America), led 24 enthusiastic members and their outstanding collection of antique autos on a tour of Greenfield, MA.

Stops included MOIH and its historic site along the Green River. The other site has a unique connection to the early auto industry and the roots of the “car collecting hobby”.  The tour stopped at the Chauncey Wing’s Sons company, a 120 year old “machine specialty” shop that is still operating.

Henry Wing was one of the founders of the CVR and an avid car collector back in the mid 1900’s. This wooden factory and brick foundry was also the site of the manufacture of America’s first sports car, the “Wing Special”, in the 1920s. This facility is now under the care of MOIH VP John Passiglia, who is restoring the foundry and running his blacksmith shop.  Both John and long time employee Paul Severens are continuing to keep this historic facility in business.

The tour also included a visit to local car collector Dennis Menard and his large collection of iconic American cars.  Dennis’ current project is a  restoration of a 1936 Cord. The tour also included a fine lunch at the Greenfield Country Club. Great day, CVR!