Stories as colorful as the cars at the show

May 10, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jim Biedler was ready to tell the story of his car, with a joke or two thrown in.

The attraction was Biedler's 1930 Ford Model A, sporting features like the rumble seat in the back.

"Some used to call that the mother-in-law seat," Biedler said.

Biedler's Model A is known as a Cabriolet model, which had a fold-down top, Biedler said.

The all-original car, with its cream-colored wheels and white sidewalls, often shows up in events like the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival parade in Martinsburg.

The vehicle was one of about 65 entered in a car show hosted by the Norwalk Antique Car Club Inc. at the Cracker Barrel restaurant Sunday.


It was the first time the local car club had a show at the restaurant, and organizers were pleased with the turnout.

"We just thought it would be a good Mother's Day thing," said Chris Breeze, president of the local car club.

The show featured a mix of classics and the unique, such as a three-wheeled scooter made in Austria and sold through Sears, Breeze said.

The 1960s-era vehicle was reminiscent of the Vespas that occasionally showed up in James Bond movies.

The classic cars included a 1936 Buick, 1936 and 1939 Packards, a 1952 MG, and 1949 and 1959 Studebakers.

Newer models included Rodney Murphy's 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle. The car, with its spotless yellow paint gleaming in the sun, has been catching eyes. Last year, it was chosen to be in a Super Chevy display at the Baltimore World of Wheels show, Murphy said.

Sunday's show in Martinsburg was not a competitive event, but rather designed to be a pleasurable day of showing cars.

Consider it a prelude for bigger things.

On Father's Day, June 20, Main Street Martinsburg is planning a car show in downtown Martinsburg that is expected to feature about 300 cars. Organizers are planning to block off downtown streets for the show, Breeze said.

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