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Street rods, classics gleam in the afternoon sun

August 09, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

MARION, Pa. - More than 150 car and truck enthusiasts rolled into the Marion Festival Grounds Sunday to vie for prizes in 18 categories and to help the Marion Volunteer Fire Co. raise money for, among other things, a new engine tanker.

Ronald House of Hagerstown took the 6-foot Best of Show Car trophy for his 1955 Chevy, according to Franklin Suders, chairman of the event. The Best of Show Truck trophy went to Richard Hawbaker of Big Pool for his 1940 Chevy pickup.

Suders did not have final figures on how much the event raised Sunday afternoon, but said it would exceed the $2,500 raised last year when 127 vehicles were entered in the competition.

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"It's all for fire equipment," including the recently purchased firetruck, according to Suders.

There were three categories for Corvettes, two for muscle cars and one each for Mustangs, Chevelles, custom cars, imports, special-interest vehicles, street rods and pro street rods, as well as classic and antique autos, Suders said. There were four more categories for street and modified trucks.

Owners paid $10 to enter their vehicles and additional money was raised through food sales and other activities. Jerr-Dan Corp. of Greencastle, Pa., was the primary sponsor for the show, Suders said.

Suders said judging the entries was tough, but judges try not to take it too seriously.

"It's something we do for fund-raising, but it's something we do for fun, too," he said of the show.

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