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Car enthusiasts put passions on display

August 08, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

Denise and Stan Potter have heard the offers before, but don't expect them to part with their 1979 Ford Mustang.

"We've had (people) asking about buying it, and we've said the only way it would ever get sold is if one of the children bought it for a dollar," Denise Potter said of the couple's newly repainted gold and black Mustang.

The Potters, who will celebrate their 25th anniversary Tuesday, have a lot of memories - and a little bit of money and work - invested in their car.

The car was one of about dozen displayed in a car show Sunday at Hancock Truck Stop. Like other classic car owners, the Potters still love their automobile.

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"It has sentimental value, oh yeah," said Denise Potter, 44.

For a number of years, the Potters used the Ford Mustang as their "daily driver," she said.

"Actually, my oldest son, his teeth marks are still in the dash because he did not understand you're not supposed to bite the dash," Denise Potter said.

The Potters, of Hancock, bought the Mustang in 1980, they said.

Martin Couser's passion is more of a solo project.

"I'm married to the cars," said Couser, who brought four cars to the show.

Couser, 42, bought his first classic, a 1951 Hudson Hornet, for "a whole $41."

It came complete with a hornets' nest of worries.

"Snakes - there was copperheads in the trunk," Couser said.

No one had driven the car in years, Couser said.

"Last tags that was on it was 1961," he said.

He finished work on the burgundy and black car in 1985.

"My neighbor got me started, and he had 19 Hudsons," Couser said.

According to Clair Lininger, finding a classic car was no problem. Making it look like a classic is a job that never ends.

How much work has he done on his forest green 1950 Ford Custom?

"Too much," he said.

Lininger, 64, of McConnellsburg, Pa., said his first car was a blue Ford Custom.

Tapes of songs by Patsy Cline and the Beach Boys were scattered across the bench seats of Lininger's car, and stuffed dice hung from the mirror.

Lininger scraped the car to the bare metal in the process of rebuilding it, he said.

"I brought it home, and my wife says, 'Couldn't you park it out back of the garage so nobody sees it?'" said Lininger.

Dennis Yauger, 48, of Waynesboro, Pa., said he was impressed by the old cars. He had his eye on a "Dukes of Hazzard" orange 1965 Ford Mustang.

"That is a beaut," he said.

A passion for Ford Mustangs runs in the Potter family, Stan Potter, 45, said.

He said he picked up a love of a cars from his father, who showed off a couple of dream machines at the show Sunday.

"My dad, he's got like four Mustangs, so I just inherited the craze," said Potter, who also is hoping to rebuild a 1973 Ford Mustang.

"He's just always been a Ford man. He's my Ford man," Denise Potter said.

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