Yardley Harvest Day will have first-ever auto show
Robert A. Connell
The 44th Yardley Borough Harvest Day will have its first-ever auto show. The show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, will bring together more organizations, businesses and car enthusiasts than ever before.
One enthusiast whose car will be featured at the show on Sept. 21st is Donald Morway, owner of a Colonial White 1957 Ford Thunderbird.
Don received his first T-Bird as a graduation present from his parents in 1959. It was gunmetal grey with red interior and at the time, cost $2,798. Smitten by Ford’s sporty creation, Don’s college room was covered in posters and pictures of the 57 T-Bird and he and his college sweetheart, later turning out to be his wife and fellow 57 T-Bird enthusiast, would drive around campus enjoying every second.
Unfortunately, because of the slowing down of the economy and the fact Don and his wife had college loans to pay back, they had to make a hard decision and sell the T-Bird they came to love. It was of course a devastating decision for Don, but as he was to find out, the T-Bird had also worked its mystique on his wife as well. They both bid it a sad reluctant farewell.
Don and his wife advanced in their jobs as times improved and there followed a number of new cars, but none could compare to the sleek gunmetal 57 T-Bird. Don was fortunate enough to get hired into the government’s summer student program at the Aviation Medical Acceleration Laboratory (AMAL) at the Naval Air Development Center at Johnsville. Upon his graduation with a B.S. degree in psychology Don was offered a full-time position as an aerospace research psychologist.
He trained all the original astronauts for their Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions. Since all of the astronauts were Corvette lovers, it was only natural that he would follow their lead and over the next few years would own a number of Corvettes of his own.
Years later, Don was getting ready to retire when he spied a 1957 Thunderbird on the front lawn in the next town with a sale sign on the windshield. He turned to his wife and said, “you know honey we are both getting a little gray and if we ever want to own another Thunderbird we can’t wait too much longer.” “Let’s take a look,” she said. The deed was done.
For the next four and half years he worked every day, 24-7, dismantling, reconditioning, replacing, repainting, restoring and reassembling this very late production (Nov. 1, 1957) Colonial White Thunderbird. He was determined to restore it to its original factory specifications and showroom appearance.
With the help of well-worn shop manuals, parts catalogs and many friends, Don has said that effort and expense has been worth every hour and dollar spent. In addition to weekend outings for car shows, Don, his wife, and their dog, Miss Daisy, often take advantage of nice summer days driving through Bucks County highways and byways with no destination in mind.
Nothing is more rewarding than a joyful wife and a wagging tail when he says, “Do you want to go for a ride in the Thunderbird?”
All are welcome to see Don’s car at the Yardley auto show. Commemorative mementos will be awarded to entrants of the show along with show trophies. Show location will be on S. Bell Avenue. To register your car for the show go to the Yardley Harvest Day web site.
Robert A. Connell is chief executive officer for Apex Financial Services and a member of the Yardley Harvest Day and Auto Show committee.
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