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Cars, people flood park for June Jubilee in Martinsburg

June 13, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Boosted by an extra large car show this year, thousands of people flocked to War Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon for the annual June Jubilee.

On display were 149 cars, making it one of the biggest car shows on record, said Ted Morgan, chairman of the event.

Classic street rods, antique cars, sports cars, motorcycles and other vehicles lined an entrance to the park, their spotless exteriors creating a rainbow of colors for onlookers.

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Car and motorcycle owners competed for awards in eight classes. The cars dated from pre-1949 to 1979.

"I love the nostalgia. It's sort of my era," said Ray Schafferman, who walked among the collection of cars with his wife, Bea.

Classic car owners like showing their wheels at June Jubilee because of the awards that are given and because it is a nice place to show vehicles, according to Morgan and car owners.

Winners in the show receive prizes like prints of classic cars and classic car signs.

"It's kind of outgrown itself here," car owner Terry Ways said.

Ways, of Martinsburg, was showing his 1955 Chevrolet.

The car sported its original colors - turquoise and white - and the color scheme continued inside.

Richard Beverley was showing his 1915 Ford Model T. The antique car has been in Beverley's family since 1960 and was once used on a strawberry farm in Delaware. It once was owned by Beverley's father, Marshall Beverley, who was a well-known Gerrardstown, W.Va., resident who was involved in retracing local history.

The Model T still has original equipment, like kerosene-powered headlights.

The headlights were not designed so much to light the way, but to make sure people saw the vehicle coming, Beverley said.

"They drove by the moonlight," Beverley said.

The car show was just one of the attractions at June Jubilee.

Parents crowded into another section of the park so their children could enjoy miniature pony rides and a magic show.

A line of at least 25 people stood waiting for shaved ice and the line was equally as long at The Town Castle, an inflated building made especially for children with boundless energy.

With people spread out across the park, it was hard to determine how many people were there, Morgan said.

June Jubilee, which celebrated its 18th year, is a fundraiser for War Memorial Park and raises about $5,000.

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