When it comes to browsing for cars, Bill Auld and his 5-year-old daughter, Gwendolyn, have one simple way to find their favorites — the cars, whether they’re old or exotic, have to make them smile.

At Stan Hywet’s 61st annual Classic, Antique and Collector Father’s Day Car Show on Sunday, the two got lots of smiles from this year’s features: the “British Invasion” car showcase, and a small collection of exotic cars to preview a new show coming to the venue in September.

Auld and his daughter have been celebrating Father’s Day at the car show every year since she was born.

As they perused the cars Sunday, Gwendolyn led her dad to the cars that caught her eye in the British Invasion section, from a Jeep-like Mini Moke to an MGB Roadster.

Of the 450 cars at the show, some of the 60 vintage British vehicles featured were the ones that the Aulds got the most joy out of.

“The British, sometimes they didn’t get it right, but that made it more fun,” Auld said about the British car designs. “Sometimes things worked, but sometimes they were just goofy.”

Gwendolyn got nearly just as much joy as her dad from the unique vintage designs.

“Every car is so different and really interesting,” she said as her dad held her in his arms. “My favorite part here is all the sights and sounds and food.”

Thousands of dads, their kids and families showed up in the muggy heat for the car show Sunday, which Stan Hywet presents on Father’s Day every year along with the Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America.

Some families, like the Aulds, had been coming for a few years.

But others have come to the show with their dads for decades. For Jeff Scott of Doylestown and his dad, it’s been nearly 50 years.

“I grew up here,” Scott said.

Scott sat by his cherry red 1964 Jaguar E-type in the British Invasion section while his dad, Bernard Scott, checked out the other cars at the show.

Jeff Scott’s love of Jaguars and other English cars was inspired by his dad. Bernard Scott used to bring home Jaguars when Jeff was young, and when he was 16, his dad taught him to drive in a Jaguar E-type.

“My dad’s the one to blame for this bad habit,” said Jeff Scott, who said he and his dad combined have a total of more than 20 English cars. “He has a bunch of Jags, too.”

This year, vintage cars weren’t the only ones featured.

Stan Hywet has partnered with the Summit County Kidney Foundation to host its sixth annual Molto Bella Auto Show on Sept. 9. This will be the first year Stan Hywet is hosting the show, as its previous venue closed.

Ferraris and a few other exotic sports cars were on display Sunday to preview the show, which will feature more than 400 cars, and all proceeds from the show will benefit the kidney foundation.

And, like so many stories behind the classic car show, the Molto Bella Auto Show was inspired by a dad.

Frank Todaro, the owner of the Akron-based Todaro’s Party Center, started the show after his father, Mel Todaro, died of kidney cancer five years ago.

“I wanted to do it in honor of my dad,” Todaro said.

Theresa Cottom can be reached at 330-996-3216 or tcottom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @Theresa_Cottom.