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Special Section Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 6, 2009

Flames throw excitement at Altamont Fair

By Saranac Hale Spencer

ALTAMONT — Flames stretching to 65 feet will set the fair’s grandstand aglow.

An elaborately choreographed show of classic cars outfitted with flame-throwing tail pipes is part of the Altamont Fair’s new car venue this year.

A parade of street rods will introduce the show, said John Van Wormer, who is in charge of the cars at this year’s fair.  The auto museum will feature “past, present, [and] future cars,” said Van Wormer.

The theme is new this year, he said; it’s an effort to revamp that part of the fair.  With it come several other attractions, including the Flames ’R’ Us show, music from the Ponytails, and a pin-striping demonstration.

Since 2002, a group of car enthusiasts from Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey have traveled across the country performing with their flame-throwing cars, according to the group’s website.  The roughly half-dozen members of Flames ’R’ Us emphasize safety and have names for the classic cars like Tuna Boat, Darth Vader, and Rivoola.

Van Wormer first saw the performance in Syracuse, he said, and was impressed.  The show lasts about an hour, he said.  At the Altamont Fair, it will warm up the stage for Joey Page on Friday night.

“You won’t take your eyes off it,” he said.

The preceding afternoon, on Thursday, the car museum will host Chris Morrett, who pinstripes vehicles.  He will “show people how it’s done,” Van Wormer said.

The final event will be on Saturday, with the Ponytails singing oldies rock ’n’ roll.  The band performs songs including “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Shout,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”  Since 1992, the girls’ group has been performing 1950s and ’60s music and this will be their first appearance at the Altamont Fair.

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