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Classic Cars Cause Buzz at the Fair

If you went to the Norfield Country Fair at the Norfield Congregational Church on Saturday, chances are the antique cars are what caught your immediate attention. For the first time in many years, the car show returned. It had been a popular part of the original fair that began 109 years ago when it started out as a strawberry festival.

But this year, Bob Mitchell was the reason all that polished chrome and steel returned. His girlfriend’s neighbor, who has seen him driving his classic cars along the street, encouraged him to get a group together to show off their prized possessions. “With almost no notice, I managed to put together a terrific, varied exposition of automobiles,” he said.

He was able to gather 13 cars for the show, which included a French front wheel drive car from the 1950s. “The quality of the cars is just fantastic,” said Mitchell, who brought his 1953 MG and what he calls his “newest child,” a 1971 Jaguar XKE. He says next year he thinks the show will be even more impressive.

“The future of this show will be of benefit to the car community and will be a beautiful benefit to the community at large,” he said. “It will be viral. Anyone who attended this had to be impressed—experts and the community alike.

Mitchell thanked his friends Miles Morris and Alden Sherman for helping put together the car show. Morris, he said, is an important person in the car world and Sherman “was really selfless and critical in the success of this thing,” he said. “Because this was so successful and fun, we can make it even more fun [next year].”

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