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Car, craft show attracts enthusiasts of all experience levels

April 17, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - Brandon Starliper may be only 10 years old, but he already has caught classic car fever.

The Sharpsburg boy was in his glory Saturday for the first day of the fourth annual Antique and Classic Car and Craft Show sponsored by the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. at its carnival grounds south of town.

"I really like Mustangs and motorcycles," Brandon said.

His father, Jay Starliper, could only smile since he knows full well that the "disease" is catching.

"I started with car fever when I was in high school," Jay Starliper said. Over the years, he said he has owned two Camaros, one Nova and a 1940 Chevrolet coupe.

At the two-day show, Roger Line of Hagerstown had his 1940 Chevrolet coupe on display.

"I've had this car about 21/2 years," he said. It was about half finished when he bought it, so he finished it, starting with the paint job.

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"It's called P.T. Cruiser blue," Line said.

Line doesn't belong to any classic or antique car clubs; he just enjoys showing up and displaying his car when it suits him.

"I just like to come and go when I please," he said.

Richard Barnhart of Clear Spring was impressed with the wide variety of vehicles at the show.

"There are some beautiful cars here," he said. "I really enjoy these shows."

Line said there were more vendors than in the past, but there wasn't any music this year.

"There are more cars, too," he said.

Ann and John Edwards of Hagerstown brought their 1937 white Chevrolet pickup truck to the show. They were waiting around Saturday afternoon to see how the vehicle they have had for 13 years would fare in the judging.

Also in the competition was the 1938 Plymouth four-door sedan that Sherman and Loleta Potter of Boonsboro call "The Creamsicle" because of its cream-and-orange paint job.

"We've only had that car for about a year," Loleta Potter said, pointing out that the interior also is creamsicle-colored.

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