Classic cars on display during the July 2 car show.
BOSTON — Town of Boston resident Ray “Kingfish” Lucas said he appreciates the value of “teaching local children about the cars of the past,” with his 1951 Mercury being a staple of the annual Classic Car Show at Emerling Chevrolet in Boston, also featured at car shows across Western New York.
Nicknaming himself the “Jerk with the Merc,” Lucas has organized the annual car show for the last three years at Emerling, which previously took place at Boston Town Park, as a benefit in support of local Boy, Girl and Cub scout organizations.
“This is a community, family event,” said Lucas, who said that approximately 160 classic vehicles were present as of 6 p.m. on June 2, a year after 187 vehicles were showcased. “We get people from all over, Niagara County, wherever.”
Lucas allowed children and other interested individuals to sit in his car and take pictures, and said that he is always glad to see residents who can appreciate vehicles of “yester-year.”
The former president of the town of Boston Chamber of Commerce and tropic fish enthusiast, Lucas has been busy bringing his “Merc” to car shows since the beginning of May; his car being a fixture in his family for more than 60 years.
Elvis Presley impersonator Terry Buchwald performs during the July 2 classic car show at Emerling Chevrolet in the town of Boston.
After the Disney movie “Cars” was released, Lucas added Doc Hudson-esque eyes on the front, which is typically a hit among youngsters. The Mercury has also shown up at car show locales as far away as Daytona, Fla.
Additional entertainment at Emerling included raffle and food sales to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Springville, as well as Boy Scout Troop 491, Girl Scout Troop 688 and Cub Scout Troop 391. Local Elvis Presley impersonator Terry Buchwald entertained show-goers, as they took a break from viewing the multitude of classic cars.
Local band None of the Above, comprised of Hamburg residents, performed at the front of Emerling Chevrolet. Together for two years, the band includes current (and former) Hamburg High School students Zach McDonnell, Rick Kempf, John Orozco and Jon Gordner.
Town of Boston resident and classic car show organizer Ray Lucas displays his 1951 Mercury at the July 2 car show at Emerling Chevrolet in Boston. The event helped raise funds for Boy Scout Troop 491, Girl Scout Troop 688 and Cub Scout Troop 391.
Individuals of all ages were on hand to snap pictures and grab a bite to eat at the car show. Lucas referenced the sunny weather as being a staple of the event for the last three years, after the venue change from Boston Town Park to Emerling.
“It’s a great environment,” Lucas said, in regard to the venue. “It’s about teaching kids about the cars of the past, while allowing everyone to have a good time.”