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Car fans gather at Pa. show

August 13, 2000

Car fans gather at Pa. show



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

photo: DON AINES

Auto showMARION, Pa. - A sticker on the door of a gleaming 1969 Camaro Sunday summed up how many automobile aficionados feel about their vehicles:

"Old cars are like wives. If it's not yours, don't touch."

Several hundred people visited the Marion Festival Grounds to gawk at 69 brilliantly buffed vehicles dating from the Roaring 20s to the nearly new. Corvettes, Mustangs, Model As and muscle cars from the 1960s and '70s were among the entries at the Fourth Annual Classic Car and Truck Show.

"We usually take in between $2,500 and $3,000" for the Marion Volunteer Fire Co., said Frank Suders, the organizer of the show and captain of Marion's fire police. The event was rained out last Sunday, somewhat reducing the number of entries, he said.

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It was a tailgate party for many of the owners as they set up lawn chairs behind their vehicles awaiting the judges. Nancy Rife of Chambersburg, Pa., leafed through a catalog next to a 1937 Reo Speed Delivery pickup truck, the pride and joy of her husband Ed.

"There's only about two of them in the country that we know about," Rife said. The couple goes to Diamond Reo Club meets around the country, but won't have to travel far next year when Reo owners meet in Lancaster, Pa., she said.

The couple drove off with the show's Best Truck trophy.

Mike Kennedy of Chambersburg is new to the car show scene. He had his 1973 Plymouth Road Runner at a car show Saturday before bringing it to Marion Sunday. The car is a work in progress, he said.

The engine and transmission were recently restored, but the body and interior still need work, Kennedy said. "We're waiting on the parts to be shipped," he said.

With a 400-cubic-inch big block engine under the hood, the car certainly appears to have a lot of muscle. "Some people will tell you they quit making muscle cars in the '60s. It depends on who you talk to," Kennedy said.

Buddy Merrick of Chambersburg had his 1987 Corvette up on jack stands with mirrors underneath to show off its spotless undercarriage. He went home with the People's Choice trophy, Suders said.

In the case of a 1927 Chevy, the show demonstrated that a well-maintained car can look better than a well-maintained person born the same year. Some owners did note, however, that getting parts is a problem.

Looking better than its 62 years, a 1938 Ford belonging to John and Barbara Perrott, no address available, picked up the trophy for Best Car, Suders said.

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