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Cars and trucks in their prime at Pa. show

July 10, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

WAYNESBORO, PA.

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

While the adults looked over the antique cars, street rods and motorcycles, Trey Yowell worked on a model car in the shade.

Trey, 9, had ridden to the third annual Rouzerville (Pa.) Lions Club's car, truck and bike show at Waynesboro Area Senior High School Saturday morning from his home in Winchester, Va., with his father, Bill Yowell.

They made the trip up Interstate 81 in a bright red 1930 Model A two-door sedan with a 350 cubic-inch Corvette engine and a Mustang II front end. The frame is the original 75-year-old Model A frame.

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Bill Yowell said he has had the street rod for six years, and did most of the work on it himself. He plans to sell it and buy a project car for Trey when he gets older.

The love of street rods is a family affair - Lisa Yowell, Trey's mother, entered a green 1939 Chevrolet business coupe with a 350 Chevrolet engine with the original all-steel 1939 body. The doors and glove box are original, but revamped, Bill Yowell said.

"You could drive it from here to California," he said. "It could go 85 mph."

This was the family's first time at the Waynesboro show, Lisa Yowell said.

They take the cars to shows and also cruise in them "all the time," she added.

"We get lots of toots when they're on the road," she said.

Her 1939 Chevy has air conditioning; the Model A does not.

Trey waxes the Model A and keeps it clean.

"I helped (Dad) put the engine in," said Trey, who builds a lot of model cars. "We had trouble because the engine wasn't sounding right, and I helped him and it sounded right when we got done,"

The 1970 Monte Carlo model he was working on at the show is his favorite, he said, and will take him about three days to complete.

Winner of the Best of Show trophy by drivers' choice voting was Terry Strevig of Westminster, Md., for his 1971 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport. There were 83 entries in the event.

"It has a beautiful red paint job and is heavily chrome-plated and detailed under the hood," show chairman Doug McCleaf said. "It was a worthy winner."

Proceeds from the show support the Lions Club's service projects.

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