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Dads, sons share their love of cars at Father's Day show

June 20, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK - Fathers and sons and classic cars.

It seemed like the perfect formula to get dads from Hancock and the surrounding area out of weekend chores for a day.

Mountain State Cruisers held its annual Father's Day car and truck show Sunday at Widmyer Park in Hancock. Hundreds of spectators gawked at more than 80 classic cars. Many in the crowd were father-son duos celebrating Father's Day.

John "Johnny" Kuykendall Jr., a 9-year-old who attended with his father, John Kuykendall Sr., said it was their "men's day out."

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"I remember riding in this one when I was a baby. It's a good car," Johnny said pointing to his father's 1987 El Camino, which was for sale.

Kuykendall, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said he and his son have been going to car shows virtually "since he was born" and was happy to see there was a nearby event for Father's Day again this year.

He said shows are always enjoyable because he is "spending time with my son and talking to other car builders."

Jack Myers, president of Mountain State Cruisers, said Sunday's show was the fourth year of the Father's Day event in Hancock. Myers said the group chooses a different charity in that area each year to which it gives the event's proceeds.

This year's beneficiary was the Interfaith Service Coalition, a nonprofit group that includes representatives from several religious denominations. At about 3 p.m. Sunday, a Mountain State Cruisers representative announced that nearly $500 had been raised.

"They help the needy and the elderly, anyone in trouble," Myers said of the group. "That's what we try to do in our club."

"I love to look at cars," Dave Woodal, of Berkeley Springs, said while focusing on a 1995 white Lotus with his 5-year-old son, Colby. "I work on them for a living, so it's nice to see them all together, looking nice."

Colby seemed more interested in his proclaimed favorites, "the one with the big huge wheels and the one with the flames on the side."

Woodal and his wife, Lori Woodal, said they wish there were more family-focused events, like Sunday's car show, throughout the year, especially on holidays.

Dave Woodal said he knows several people who are such car fans that they drive to an unofficial car gathering that occurs in a parking area at Valley Mall in Halfway each weekend.

Among those who admitted to going to the mall for some car watching were Eric and Joe Bender of Hagerstown.

This father and son said they spend a lot of time together going to shows and even worked together on their own classic, a 1977 Datsun 280Z.

"He keeps bugging me to show it," Eric Bender said.

"Ever since he got that 280Z, it's all I've been liking ... because it's fast," his son said. "Everything's original on it. That's hard to do."

And since it was Father's Day, Joe Bender said he was going to give the Datsun a quick wash and wax when they got home.

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