Memories of Richard C. Phillips Jr. a driving force

  • The 10th annual Dick Phillips Dust Off Car Show Memorial Trophy was awarded to Bob Harris, center, for his 1961 Pontiac Bonneville Bubbletop. With Dick are his wife, Pam, and Richard Noel from the North Quabbin Cruisers. ATHOL DAILY NEWS/DEBORRAH PORTER

  • Dan Meuse’s 1964 Chevy Malibu SS won the Ed Thompson Memorial Award at the Athol Lions Club’s annual Dick Phillips Dust Off Car Show at Silver Lake. Thompson’s good friend Paul Donovan designed the trophy and picked out the parts. Richard Noel, who emceed the auction and presented the awards, created the trophy. Left to right are Noel, Meuse, Ed Thompson and Donovan. athol daily news/Deborrah Porter

Staff Writer
Published: 5/25/2018 10:48:55 PM
Modified: 5/25/2018 10:49:11 PM

ATHOL — Smiles were plentiful as people milled around motor row at the 10th annual Dick Phillips Dust Off Car Show at Silver Lake Park on Sunday.

The show is held rain or shine each year, and last weekend produced a little of both, but that didn’t deter the diehards who’d been waiting to show off their classic vehicles after a long winter.

The Athol Lions Club manned its bright yellow Weenie Wagon to serve visitors and show participants grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. Live music played by The Enfield Machine Works Band added to the festive atmosphere, and the band continued to play through rain bursts, scrambling to cover expensive equipment with tarps and trash bags. When the rain came, car owners quickly rolled up windows, covered engines, put tops back in place and joined the crowd under the pavilion, sitting comfortably among the couple dozen picnic tables provided by the Lions. A couple of cars drove off before the trophies were awarded.

The annual auction of items donated by local businesses preceded the awarding of the trophies. Richard Noel served as emcee, cajoling bidders to raise amounts, noting that proceeds “stay in the community” and benefit the Quabbin Cruisers’ scholarships and the Richard C. Phillips Jr. Memorial Pavilion. Satisfied winners walked away with electronic devices, tool sets and other auto-related items.

Special awards included the annual trophy in memory of Phillips, for whom the pavilion is named. Phillips was a longtime member of the Athol Lions Club and an antique and classic car devotee who loved motorized vehicles and engines of all types.

“Every year we make a trophy in memory of Dick Phillips, parts from one of his vehicles laying around in boxes of stuff,” said Noel, who creates the trophies. “This is the 10th year. The first year we gave it to Bill Thorp and he said that’s the best trophy he’s ever got in memory of Phillips. It’s my honor and privilege this year to give this trophy to Bob Harris.”

Harris, a longtime member of the Quabbin Cruisers, showed a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville Bubbletop. Bob and his wife Pam also received a plaque sponsored by Porter Transportation for the classic vehicle.

The other award presented was the Ed Thompson Memorial Trophy. For the eighth year, Ron Wright crafted a special trophy in memory of his good friend and it is given to the person showing a car the family feels Ed would have liked best out of all the entries.

Wright, of Wright’s Welding, creates the special trophy, and generally, members of the Thompson family present it. This year, a close friend of Ed’s, Paul Donovan, designed it and picked out the parts. Donovan and Thompson’s father, Ed, presented the trophy to Dan Meuse for his 1964 Chevy Malibu SS.

Plaques awarded

Dave Flint for his 1929 Model A, (sponsored by Quality Auto); Dennis Hebert for a 1965 Ford F100 Truck (Pete’s Tire Barn); Pete Sienkiewicz for a 2005 Ford GT (Witty’s Funeral Home); Mike Schlosser for a 2004 C 5 Corvette (Wilson & Steely); Dennis Hebert for a 1966 Mustang Fastback (Grave Robbers Restoration); Joey Testa for a 2015 Dodge Challenger (Brookside Auto Parts); Jimmy amd Mary Kablin for a 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo SS (Original Tire); Butch Woodbury for a 1964 Ford Falcon (Dick’s Auto); Norman Sargent for a 1988 Monte Carlo SS (House of Wax); Vic Chaplin for a 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner (Flint’s Garage Sales); John Piragis for a 1974 Volkswagon Beetle (Flint’s Auto Repair); Vincent Cardosi for a 2015 Dodge Challenger (Dale’s Auto Body); Richard and Mary Walsh for a 2017 Mustang Fastback (Orange Oil Company); Bill Thorp for a 1938 Chevy Coupe (Jim’s Auto Repair); Roger Farrow for a 1935 Plymouth Ratrod Truck (Bergquist Auto); Mike Maselli for a 1967 Pontiac GTO (Athol Automotive); Brian McCullin for a 2015 Dodge Challenger (Snap On Tools); Joe Chiasson for a 1968 Chevy Truck (AJ’s Auto Sales); Richard Noel for a 2007 Ford Mustang GT (Ames Trophy).

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