Families get revved up at car show

June 16, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

HANCOCK - Like son, like father.

A year ago, Brandon Hill, now 16, wasn't old enough to drive his pride-and-joy gold 1979 Pontiac Trans Am to his first car show, so his father offered to get behind the wheel instead. But when Stacy Hill turned the ignition, more than just an engine was sparked.

Brandon Hill drove his own car to the annual Father's Day Car Show at Hancock's Widmeyer Memorial Park on Sunday. Stacy Hill, 35, followed, in his own "new" 1978 white Pontiac Trans Am, which Brandon washed and waxed for him that morning as a present.

"I got the fever, so I had to get me one," said Stacy Hill, of Warfordsburg, Pa.

The father-and-son Trans Ams were parked next to each other, hoods popped.

The event, sponsored by Mountain State Cruisers, honored veterans, with proceeds from raffle sales and donations going to the Hancock Veterans' Memorial.


The Coasters' "Charlie Brown" blared over the landscape of multicolored hoods from a pair of stereo speakers housed under the same tent where raffle tickets were being sold.

The smell of grilled hamburgers drifted across the park. Their sizzle could be heard winding past the 1956 raspberry- and white-colored Chevrolet all the way down to the 1951 buttercream-colored Chevrolet Panel Truck. Reminiscing drifters chatted over buffed engines while their family members munched quietly on hot dogs and pizza.

For Oscar Churchey, 60, of Hagerstown, the event was a family affair. His 1972 red Buick Riviera was nestled close to his son's 1949 Plymouth Business Coupe. Between his daughter-in-law's 1966 springtime yellow Mustang and his son-in-law's 1974 green Plymouth Road Runner, the family parked themselves in a circle of canvas lawn chairs.

When asked how Oscar felt about being at a car show with his family, his son, Ed Churchey, 38, chimed in.

"Come on, you're makin' his kids all misty," joked Ed Churchey, of Hagerstown.

Oscar chuckled.

His daughter Stacey Harbaugh, 39, of Hagerstown, said her family belongs to a group called the Route 40 Cruisers, along with 30 to 40 other classic car owners.

When Harbaugh was asked how she felt about being at a car show with her father, she joked as well.

"I think he's my father. We're getting the DNA results today," she said and laughed.

Oscar chuckled.

Ed Churchey said he's bought and sold about 50 cars in his lifetime.

"Novas, Camaros, old Chevy pickups" he said. He sold them in the summertime so he could buy motorcycles to drive instead.

Ben Rohrer, 18, of Knoxville, Md., who was sitting in the Churcheys' circle, claimed to be a member of their extended family. He, too, has a passion for old cars, pointing to his 1971 green Plymouth Scamp.

His father, Paul Rohrer, 48, said he enjoyed spending Father's Day at the car show.

When asked which car he brought, Rohrer simply shook his head "no" and pointed to Ben.

"As a father, you've got to be proud just sitting with your son," Paul Rohrer said.

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