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Variety of classics draws crowd to Father's Day car show

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  • Erik Wright and his father, Bill, of Lombard attend the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show Sunday at Oakbrook Center. The two have been coming to the show for more than 19 years.

       Erik Wright and his father, Bill, of Lombard attend the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show Sunday at Oakbrook Center. The two have been coming to the show for more than 19 years.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The Nicholaus family of La Grange Park -- Christina and Bret with sons Grant, 14, left, and Luke, 7 -- inspect a 1973 Cadillac Eldorado during the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show on Sunday at Oakbrook Center.

       The Nicholaus family of La Grange Park -- Christina and Bret with sons Grant, 14, left, and Luke, 7 -- inspect a 1973 Cadillac Eldorado during the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show on Sunday at Oakbrook Center.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Oakbrook Center played host Sunday to the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show.

       Oakbrook Center played host Sunday to the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A 1935 Packard 1205 Super 8 Coupe was among the attractions at the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show Sunday at Oakbrook Center.

       A 1935 Packard 1205 Super 8 Coupe was among the attractions at the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show Sunday at Oakbrook Center.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A 1949 Chrysler Town and Country was among the attractions at the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show Sunday at Oakbrook Center.

       A 1949 Chrysler Town and Country was among the attractions at the 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show Sunday at Oakbrook Center.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

At least one Father's Day tradition continued Sunday as Bill Wright and his son Erik of Lombard attended the 46th annual Classic Car Show at Oakbrook Center.

The Wrights have been coming to the show for 19 years, and most of those years included three generations of Wrights.

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"It is a great time to be together, and we both enjoy the cars," Bill Wright said.

He said he enjoys looking at the oldest cars in the show and appreciates how they were built with precision and detail.

This year's show had 103 cars, the oldest a 1929 Hupmoblie Century 6 while the newest car was a 2013 Dodge Viper that was part of the performance car category.

The vast majority of cars in the show were classics, including Thunderbirds, Mustangs, Corvettes, Packards and Edsels.

The cars were displayed inside the mall, allowing attendees to view them while also doing their shopping.

According to Classic Car Club of America board member John Brayton, Oakbrook Center estimated that 85,000 to 90,000 people would visit the outdoor event over the eight hours of the show Sunday.

Brayton was displaying his own 1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe that was originally purchased new by his grandfather, who insisted that he keep the car in its original state and not soup it up during the restoration. Brayton said his grandfather wanted the car to be driven the way he had driven it and not turned into a hot rod.

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