Car show draws all shapes, sizes

October 03, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

CLEAR SPRING - With lips sputtering and eyes wide, Hope Henson explained that she likes things that go "vrooooom."

That's why Hope's mother took her to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.'s Antique and Classic Car Show Saturday.

While the four official judges at the event referred to an ordered checklist of criteria related to interior, exterior, chassis and engine condition, Hope, 6, who lives in Big Pool, relied on a more subjective process.

The budding young auto enthusiast said she was partial to a candy apple red 1978 Chevrolet Nova - dubbed "Cherry Forever" by its owners - because of its "cool bumper" and fuzzy dice. She favored a blue pearl metallic 2000 GMC Sonoma SLS because it reminded her of her grandparents' truck and had a side view mirror at her standing eye level so she could look at herself.

Perhaps the approximately 20 participants in the show, each of whom voted for the vehicle to receive the prized Best of Show trophy, used a ratings method that was somewhere between technical standards and personal preference.


Bob Smith of Clear Spring won the Best of Show prize for his strawberry metallic 1953 Ford pickup.

A beaming Smith called the honor "pretty nice."

"I've always been interested in (restoring vehicles), but I never had the money until I got old," Smith said.

Smith, 65, said he worked on his Ford for five years. With help from his son, Bobby Smith Jr., also of Clear Spring, he stripped the vehicle down to its frame and built it back up with new wires, rack-and-pinion steering, an automatic transmission and power steering and brakes. Smith said he began showing the pickup two years ago.

"I wasn't even gonna come out today because it looked like rain and I don't like to take it out in the rain," Smith said.

He added that his friend, Ted Tedrick of Hagerstown, who entered a 1963 bright blue Ford Fairlane, called him and convinced him to go.

John and Ann Edwards of Hagerstown took home the trophy for President's Choice, which is awarded by the organizers of the event. The Edwards have been working on their 1937 white pearl Chevrolet pickup since 1993. Cosmetic enhancements include exterior ghost flames that appear depending on the way the vehicle is hit by light, and dark gray flames embroidered on the upholstery.

Cathy Shannon of Newville, Pa., was awarded the longest distance trophy for traveling 64 miles in her white 1984 Trans Am.

In addition to the aforementioned prizes, the chairman of the show, Rick Blair of Halfway, awarded first-, second- and third-place trophies throughout the day in 20 classes.

Around 25 craft, novelty, flea market, food and game vendors lined the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. grounds. Musical entertainment was provided by Red Shingleton and the Fairview Mountain Boys. Blair said he hoped proceeds from the event would exceed $1,000, to be used toward the fire company's expenses, including maintenance of equipment and payments on an engine and land.

The event will continue today, including another round of vehicle judging. Vehicles must be registered by noon to participate. Registration costs $10.

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