By Steve Natale: On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the past came alive at History Park in San Jose, California at a meet hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Club and History San Jose for pre-World War II vehicles. The streets were filled with cars from the first part of the 20th century, parked in front of buildings from the same period. The women were fashionably dressed in period attire carrying parasols and the men wore straw hats.
History Park is an amazing 14 acre town-like assemblage containing thirty-two original and reconstructed homes, businesses, and landmarks highlighting the culture and history of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. This meet was the 14th annual Antique Autos in History Park event, and it was remarkable. The event is billed as The Largest Annual Antique Auto Show in the West, and seeing about two hundred cars gathered in this nostalgic park was a real treat.
One of the highlights included a steam car display that delighted the crowd when they all steamed-up and took a lap around the park. People also enjoyed riding the 100-year old street car, and seeing the trolley barn and blacksmith shop. There was also a giant Seagrave Hook and Ladder Firetruck and a Greyhound Bus from the Pacific Bus Museum that took part in the fun.