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Unusual vehicles populate Car, Truck and Cycle Show

July 06, 2003|by BONNIE HELLUM BRECHBILL

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Nestled among the gleaming pickups, street rods, Harleys, Mustangs and Chevys on the Waynesboro Area Senior High School driving range was a bright red ambulance. It wasn't there to carry heat stroke victims to the hospital, although heat stroke was definitely a possibility on the sunny, humid afternoon.

The 1954 Packard Henney belonging to the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad attracted a lot of attention at the Car, Truck and Cycle Show on Saturday.

"They bought it new and they still have it," said Bob Herb of Littlestown, who takes care of the ambulance for the squad. "They used it for about 30 years."

He said he drives it to many parades and shows, including one in Ocean City, Md., last year.

The Packard Henney "Senior" is 23 feet long and weighs four tons. It has 83,000 original miles.

Herb said Packard made two sizes of ambulance, a "junior" which was about the size of a station wagon and a larger "senior" style.

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"The U.S. military usually ran the Senior Packards from their base hospitals," he said. "They cost more than a Cadillac."

While the back is wide enough for only two stretchers, a third could be added if it was hung from handles on the ceiling. One of the stretchers converts to seats for patients who were able to sit up.

"It carries more than a new ambulance," Herb said.

He said the lights and siren still work.

White curtains cover the side windows, and a pull-down shade between the driver's compartment and the back lends privacy.

Another rarely seen vehicle at the show was a 1944 German Kettenkrad tank owned by Phil Ulzheimer of Cascade.

"They used it for reconnaissance and to tow trailers," he said.

Ulzheimer, an architect, saw a similar tank in a museum in Germany when he and his wife, Faith, were visiting his father's family there and liked it.

"I got a friend to look for one for me, he found one and I bought it sight unseen and had it shipped here," he said.

That was three years ago; in that time he has restored the vehicle and displayed it at the Frederick Air Show. He also has part of the tank's original tool kit.

"People remember (a similar tank) from the movie 'Saving Private Ryan,'" he said.

Hosted by the Appalachian Golden Classics and Cumberland Valley Rod and Custom Car clubs, the event was part of the weeklong WaynesboroFest.

Bobby Etter of Waynesboro, president of the Appalachian Golden Classics Club, said there was a good turnout for a Fourth of July weekend. One hundred and two vehicles were entered in the show, including a child-sized Harley with training wheels.

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