In the realm of classic car enthusiasts, Heron Point Member Joe Callura shines as a devoted collector, enamored with the timeless allure of vintage automobiles. When not teeing off on the golf course or captivating audiences as an entertainer at shows, Joe retreats to his garage, a sanctuary surrounded by the beauty of his classic cars. In a recent interview, we had the chance to delve into Joe's journey through the years, exploring his love for classic cars and his take on the future of automotive technology.
The Beginnings of Joe's Classic Car Collection
Joe's journey into the world of vintage and classic cars started with a desire for a sports car. A chance encounter with an ad boasting a "gullwing beauty" led him to the iconic 1975 Bricklin SV-1. Little did he know that this purchase in 1984 would mark the beginning of a lifelong passion. The story takes an unexpected twist when, four decades later, Joe crosses paths with the original owner, Terry D'Amario, rekindling memories of the car's acquisition.
His current collection includes a 1975 Bricklin SV-1 and a 1988 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, while previous cars in his possession were a 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, Mustang Mach 1, and Chevrolet Impala.
A Loyalty to American Craftsmanship
Throughout his life, Joe has shown a preference for American-made cars, with a particular fondness for Cadillac and Chrysler. His current collection includes a 1988 Fleetwood Brougham, a testament to his loyalty to quality American craftsmanship. Joe's attachment to his cars goes beyond mere transportation; they are an extension of his identity, with each vehicle carrying its own unique story.
The Charm of a Bygone Era
When asked about his attraction to a specific era, Joe emphasizes the uniqueness of the vehicles he owns. The gullwing doors and fiberglass body of the Bricklin, coupled with the pointed nose, make it truly stand out.
Joe's Cadillac, with its six-man trunk, serves as a practical yet stylish choice for transporting his music equipment—a testament to the versatility of classic cars. "A lot of times if I go entertain somewhere, somebody will say, 'Well, back your trunk up the back door, and I'll help you load,'" Joe recounts with a chuckle. He continues, "Then they come out the back door and they see the Cadillac and say, 'You're going to get all this in there?' I said, 'Yeah, and then some.'"
Classic Cars: A Feast for the Eyes
For Joe, the aesthetic appeal of a car lies not only in its design but also in the ease of maintenance. The fiberglass body of the Bricklin has stood the test of time, maintaining its sheen without the constant need for repainting. While Joe may not attend car shows, his cars attract attention wherever they go.
Looking to the Future: Joe's Take on Automotive Technology
In discussing the future of automotive technology, Joe expresses skepticism about electric and hybrid cars. Citing concerns about environmental impact, lithium battery disposal, and the inconvenience of charging, he remains a steadfast enthusiast of traditional gasoline cars.
Final Thoughts: A Collector's Legacy
Callura's collection of vintage cars tells a story of passion, nostalgia, and an unwavering love for the road. As he continues to cruise through life in his timeless rides, Joe leaves an indelible mark on the classic car community—one gullwing door at a time.