As one of the non-pleasure-driving-show attractions at this year’s CAA Carriage Festival, we had our annual Carriage Showcase. In the showcase, carriage owners place their vehicles on display for spectators and fellow carriage enthusiasts to enjoy and for the Showcase judges to inspect each one carefully, in terms of how well the vehicle’s restoration was done (if restored) or how well the vehicle is built (if new). The vast majority of entries in the Showcase are restored antique vehicles or newer reproductions based on antique originals.

A few of the vehicles on display this year …

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Colonel Davis, the CAA’s most recent past president, chaired the Showcase committee for many years. But now that he’s no longer an officer or the committee chair, he was finally able to enter his own vehicle in the Showcase. And it won! Colonel & Kathi’s Brewster-made Stanhope Gig won a gold certificate, the Sidney Latham Memorial Trophy (awarded to the highest-scoring vehicle in use), and the Ken Sowles Memorial Trophy (awarded to the People’s Choice winner).

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The winner of the Carl Casper Trophy (awarded to the highest-scoring restored vehicle) was Katrina Becker’s Park Drag, built in 1903 by Brewster and recently restored by Tom Shelton …

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Nancy Jackson’s early (mid-nineteenth century?) crane-neck Brett, built by J.M. Quinby, won the Davis Documentation Award. Here, a few details …

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