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Car show promotes Charles Town's charm

June 21, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

by MIKE CRUPI / staff photographer

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Charles town car show

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town resident Ed Morgan experienced the thrill of victory Sunday, when his 1929 Model A Roadster pickup truck captured a first-place trophy at the second annual Charles Town Car Show.

But Morgan, 73, had to deal with the agony of defeat as well. He also showed his rare 1954 Kaiser-Darrin fiberglass two-seater convertible - one of only 315 remaining of that model and the only one in West Virginia - which didn't win.

While he has a lot of opportunities in the area to show off his seven vintage vehicles, Morgan said he only participates in two or three shows a year.

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This year's event drew 73 vehicles and about 200 spectators to the Bank of Charles Town parking lot on East Congress Street, said John Shea, president of the Ranson-Charles Town Business Professional Association.

The group sponsors the show to promote the town, not as a fund-raiser, Shea said. They'll be lucky if they break even, he said.

The show broke up about two hours early this year because of the heat, Shea said. Participants started leaving after the prizes were given out, he said.

Still, the show is working on getting people to come to Charles Town and discover the shops and other things it has to offer, Shea said. Local businesses are encouraged to donate door prizes or participate in some other way, he said.

For example, T&S Motorsports of Kearneysville, W.Va., brought racing trucks to the event, Shea said.

This year's event also included free tours of the town's historic courthouse, he said.

Coming to show off their carefully restored 1950 custom Ford two-door sedan, Doug and Nida Kerns of Winchester, Va., took the tour.

"I'd like to come up here and do more. There's a lot of history here," said Nida Kerns, 60.

The show left a good taste in Doug Kerns' mouth, too.

His candy-apple-red pride and joy won a first-place award in its category.

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