Snowman, Santa and elf greet you.

Nutty Car Wash

Field review by the editors.

Cromwell, Connecticut

Classic Auto Wash entertains queuing car neatniks with a variety of fiberglass statues, vintage gas pumps, beached row boats with mermaids and old salts. Music blares from speakers over the washing bays. A big Santa looms -- 18 to 20 ft tall -- with a push-button "Talk to Santa" box at its side (only turned on in November and December). In back there's a rubber-faced Clark Kent in a phone booth, changing into Superman. Next to it, a T-Rex head appears to be bursting out of the roof.

Ken Balcom reminded us it also features a giant golf ball, train, dinosaurs, the Blues Brothers, elf, zebras, turtle, gator, polar bear, captain, pirates, anchor, and a wind mill.

Nutty Car Wash

Classic Auto Wash Center

23 Shunpike Rd, Cromwell, CT
Classic Auto Wash Center. Rte 3, just south of intersection with Rte 372, next to Taco Bell.
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