Dream to Drive

Five classic car owners, who display their automobiles at the Hyannis Father’s Day Car show, share the stories behind their ‘babies’ and why they love them so much.

By Lisa Leigh Connors photography by Paul blackmore

Rick and Sarah Budion of Brewster
Owners of a 1971 yellow mustang mach 1 and 1965 red mustang convertible 

Rick: “My first car was a 1969 Mustang and I have liked them ever since. About eight years ago, I went to look at the Mach 1 in Falmouth and fell in love with it on the spot. Most of the work was done by the previous owner and I redid most of the interior.”

Sarah: “When I was very young, my father took me on the Magic Skyway ride at the Ford Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens. We rode a Mustang convertible. I have been in love with the convertible ever since and always wanted to own one. When Rick went to look at the 1965 Mustang convertible in Wareham, it was parked in the owner’s garage with squirrels living in the trunk. The car had last been registered in 1982 in New Jersey. Rick made an offer and bought the car. The car needed a complete restoration. Everything but the paint has been rebuilt or replaced. Rick did the interior work. We hired someone for the engine and transmission work.”

Stan and Ginny Baukus of Yarmouthport|
Owner of 1954 Corvette Convertible

“Since my teenage years, I have admired Corvettes and always thought they were the best American sport car. When I saw this 1954 Corvette for sale, there was nothing to it, just an empty shell. Since there was not enough of the car to restore, I purchased it with the dream of completely rebuilding it to have the ride and handling of today’s cars. Power steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, air-conditioning.

I built a complete chassis (frame) before starting the extensive fiberglass repair. All the work was done by me in my backyard garage and took over three years. I like the challenge of creating a beautiful vehicle when there is very little to start with.” —Stan Baukus

Debe Schiavi of Harwich
Owner of a 1972 VW Beetle Convertible

“It was my 51st birthday. My husband got it for me as a surprise. I had been carrying around a picture of an old bug – red convertible with a black top – and told him someday when we got older, if we spotted an old bug in someone’s garage, that we would have to stop and offer to buy it. He was on a mission to find me one and located mine in Connecticut…. The VW was a second car that most everyone back in the sixties could afford and we weren’t the only family on the street that had one. My mom had a ’73 turquoise and black VW convertible that I drove in high school. But I actually learned how to drive a “stick” on my Dad’s ’72 VW bus. For high school graduation, my parents gave me a new ’74 VW Thing – yellow – that got me through the 4 C’s (Cape Cod Community College). So, over the years – 40 years later – I do love the bug. Owning an old bug allows me to escape to the past when life was easier. It makes me smile every time I see another one on the road and I am absolutely in love with mine. It makes me feel like I am 16 again. And every time I take her out, I am that kid again, driving her mom’s bug. I love it!”

Howard Court of Dennisport
Owner of 1964 Mercedes 190D

This is the first Mercedes I ever owned. It’s all original, 4-cylinder diesel from Florida. My daughter-in-law ended up with it, but she couldn’t drive a standard. She gave it to me, so it cost me nothing. But I do take care of it. I put it away in the winter and bring it out in the spring. Every now and then, a piece of rust will come through, but I get right on it. I drive it all summer, every day. It runs really good and I get 45 miles to the gallon of diesel. My wife will drive with me to the store or go get something to eat. But it’s really slow and she doesn’t care for it. I show the car at A&W on Wednesdays, Patriots Square in Dennis on Saturdays and the Hyannis Car show in June. I love these cars because they are so simple to work on. You don’t have to take it to a mechanic. I have people pull me over because they want to know what car it is, especially when they hear the diesel going.”

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