David Billings' 1956 Pontiac once belonged to his late father, Donald Billings, a longtime Oak Bluffs firefighter. It has been in the family for more than 40 years. Mark Lovewell

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dozens of classic cars rolled onto the grounds of Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Monday for the Tisbury Fire Department's annual classic car show. The event is a fundraiser for the Fallen Firefighters Fund.

Cars on display ranged from Joe Sollitto's 1933 Ford to the Aquinnah Fire Department's brand new truck.

Several of the cars represented Island legacies that weave together vintage vehicles and fire departments. Will deBettencourt was on hand with the 1931 Ford Model A Roadster he restored. The Roadster belonged to Mr. deBettencourt's late father, William (Bink) deBettencourt, a volunteer Oak Bluffs firefighter and the owner of Bink's Auto.

David Billings arrived with his 1956 blue Pontiac Star Chief, which won best in show. The car once belonged to his late father, Donald Billings, a longtime member of the Oak Bluffs fire department. Mr. Billings and his friend Billy Norton had a hand in acquiring the fire department's original 1929 Maxim fire engine and creating a fire museum.

Viewer's Choice
First place: Richie Giordano, 1956 Chevy Nomad
Second place: William deBettencourt, 1931 Ford Roadster
Third place: Michael Rotondo, 1960 Volvo

Top Truck, sponsored by Island Energy:
Richie Olson, 1938 Ford pickup truck

Best in Show:
David Billings, 1956 Pontiac Star Chief


Comments (1)

Amy, Oak Bluffs
My dad ( Donald ) and Bink are so proud of their boy's right now ! Thank you Tisbury Fire for a great family event.
September 6, 2017 - 8:04pm


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