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Classic cars wow Waynesboro shoppers

August 14, 1999|By ERIN HEATH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - About 80 antique, classic and custom cars were on display Saturday on Main Street for the first "Waynesboro on Wheels," sponsored by the Waynesboro Area Jaycees.

Part of the street was blocked off to traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so people could stroll around freely and look at the shined-up classic cars, some of which were for sale. The Blue Ridge Pickers, a five-man acoustic group, provided live music.

Brian Posey, the president of the Jaycees, said the group wanted to sponsor an event that would attract people to Waynesboro's downtown business area.

"Downtown areas are kind of dying all over the place," he said.

Car owners who paid to register for the show were able to vote for any car not in their class to determine the "Best of Show" vehicle. The title went to Matt George of Greencastle, Pa., who had a 1934 Plymouth, Posey said.

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Participants with the top three cars in each class also received trophies, he said. There were 12 different classes, each based on the year and type of automobile.

In addition, onlookers who weren't showing cars were able to vote for the "People's Choice" award, which went to Joe Gervasio of Cudahy, Wis., for his 1968 Dodge Charger, Posey said.

Charlie and Angie Hartman of Waynesboro came to the show to check out their favorite brand of car, the Corvette.

The couple said they just bought a 1999 Corvette. Charlie Hartman was even sporting a Corvette T-shirt.

"I think it's great" to have a car show right in Waynesboro, Angie Hartman said.

Waynesboro resident Sue Miller said she started going to car shows after she married her husband, James, who has been a car show fan for 30 years.

"I just like to go see them out of curiosity, to see what the old cars looked like back then," she said.

James Miller said he loves classic cars, especially the 1957 Chevy, but he doesn't own one.

"I'm the only antique I've got," he said, grinning.

The Jaycees is a community service group for people age 21 to 39 that emphasizes the development of leadership and job skills, Posey said. Proceeds from the show will fund the group's future community events, such as the annual Haunted House.

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