The Dream Ride Experience more than lives up to its name

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Each August, Farmington, Connecticut, is the host of an amazing event called the Dream Ride Experience. This three-day event is part motorcycle show, motorcycle rally, carnival, rock concert and Sunday car show.

These even is a petting zoo.

The part that I love the most is the car show. It is a judged event and has everything from scores of supercars to classics from America, Europe and Japan.

This year, we saw some fantastic cars, including a true survivor unrestored DeTomaso Pantera L, the world-famous 1960 Golden Jaguar Mk2 New York auto show car, a ton of Porsches — both modern and classic — and a pair of MGs —one pre-war and one post-war. These were also Ford GTs, Corvettes, Vipers, and just about every other car you can mention, including a supercar display with Enzo Ferraris, McLarens, Lamborghinis, and even a Spyker.

Finally, there were so many motorcycles that the lot for them resembled Sturgis.

This family-oriented event supports Special Olympics.

This local Connecticut is an event unlike any other. Did I mention that they have a petting zoo? A car show with a petting zoo is an idea I would love to see more often.

This car show even had a petting zoo! | Andy Reid photos
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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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