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Truck picks up Best of Show

July 04, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

A 1958 pickup truck that Joe Weaver pulled out of the woods in northeastern Pennsylvania garnered a Best of Show award in the truck category of Saturday's Franklin/Fulton Auto Club car show.

Restoring the Dodge Power Wagon took Weaver a year and a half.

"It was rough," he said. "It was probably outside since 1958."

Weaver said he paid $200 for the truck, which has a top speed of 50 mph. It was used to pull railroad cars, he added.

Weaver and his wife, Carol, drove an hour and a quarter from their home in York Springs, Pa.

"It has no radio and no air conditioning," Carol Weaver said. She showed a visitor how the bottom of the windshield pops out to provide a breeze.

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The blue truck won 25 trophies last year. Saturday's award was Weaver's eighth Best of Show. He said his next restoration project is a 1952 Plymouth.

The show, held for the past eight years, alternates between Franklin and Fulton counties, according to club trustee Calvin Wolfe of Fort Loudon, Pa.

This year's show, at Detrich-Brechbill American Legion Post 612 in St. Thomas, had about 140 entries, the most for the 36-member club, Wolfe said. Members' entries were displayed and judged separately from other entries.

The St. Thomas community ox roast was held on the grounds at the same time.

With the proceeds, the club will donate $300 to Cyrus Radle, a liver transplant patient in Fulton County, and $300 to Linda Myers of Franklin County, Wolfe said.

"The car club takes pride in serving the community by having these events," Wolfe said.

Best of Show award in the car category went to Bob Fignar of Fort Loudon for his 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, restored by Great Cove Restoration in McConnellsburg, Pa.

Fignar said he purchased the car in 2001 and has shown it only twice. He drives it through town, he said, as "these cars were built to run, not to sit in the garage." The Mustang was restored "back to original factory specs," he said.

Marvin Guyer of Scotland, Pa., received the Best of Show Motorcycle award for his 2002 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide.

First place in the Special Interest class went to a 1966 Ford Mustang Pro-street with a race motor, roll cage and a rear end that is tubbed and narrowed.

"It's a street legal drag car," owner Keith Stoner of Fort Loudon said.

Also competing in the Special Interest class was an orange van with wooden bumpers, and customized with a wooden floor, mirrors, a tool box and a table. The 1966 Ford is owned by Rick and Janet Smith of Mercersburg, Pa.

Brothers Ronald Bennett of Boonsboro and Kevin Bennett of Hagerstown displayed their Mustangs side by side.

Ronald Bennett's 1994 Official Indy Pace Car is No. 549 of 1,000 made by the Ford Motor Co. The red vehicle won the Ford's Choice award at the Nashville (Tenn.) Motor Speedway at the Mustang 40th Anniversary Celebration, Ronald Bennett said.

"It was one of two cars chosen by Ford's vice president out of almost 4,000 entries," he said. Ronald Bennett said he has had 10 to 15 Mustangs in his life, some of which he has restored.

"This one is the way it came from the factory," he said.

Kevin Bennett displayed his electric green 1999 35th anniversary Mustang.

The brothers drive the cars to shows, parades and cruise-ins within a 200-mile radius, they said. Longer trips are done with a trailer.

Jerry Peters of Scotland and his son, Michael Peters, sat behind a long, white 1959 Thunderbird convertible that Jerry Peters purchased in restored condition in February.

Jerry Peters said he owned a Thunderbird before he got married, but "got rid of it because my life was changing." He recently sold his business, Green Thumb Florists, and told his wife that he planned to get a T-bird.

He found the car on eBay and waited until the last day of the online auction to bid, he said.

"There were pictures of the trunk, the motor, everything," he said.

Peters went to Massachusetts to see the car and settle for it, and it was delivered to his home in Scotland the next day.

"It was exactly as described," Jerry Peters said. "It drives nice, but I have to use premium gas."

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