Car show travels through decades

August 08, 2005|by DON AINES

The 1954 Mercury that James Timmons bought in about 1960 used to be his everyday car, but now it looks as though it just rolled out of the showroom.

"I think '66 was the last year I drove it" regularly, the Greencastle, Pa., man said as he polished the car's chrome, paint and glass to a high sheen Sunday at the 9th annual Marion Volunteer Fire Co. Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. He said the car, which he bought from the original owner, sat in a garage for a number of years before he tackled the recently finished job of restoring the vehicle.

Timmons and the owners of 158 other antiques, hot rods and vintage vehicles rolled their wheels into the Marion Festival Grounds to compete for trophies and admire each others' work.


Richard Miller of McConnellsburg, Pa., rolled his 1916 Chevrolet Four Ninety touring car onto a trailer for its first trip to a car show away from that town. The car's model number designated how much the car sold for the year it rolled off the assembly line, Miller said.

On the other end of the spectrum, at least in years, was the 2005 Chevy Corvette that Fred Adams, 87, of Fannettsburg, Pa., drove to the show. Since 1964, Adams said he has owned a dozen Corvettes.

"I had six brothers and always kept their cars fixed up," Adams said of his love of cars as he pushed a cloth across the car's brilliant red finish. He said he buys a Corvette "when a new one comes out that I like."

When he first got his 1966 Chevy II sedan, it was "just your run-of-the-mill basic car," said Mike Zabrucky of Frederick. Md. "I got it off the original owner," he said.

Sunday, however, he entered it in the Pro Street Division. Since he acquired it, the car has gone through some major modifications, including replacement of the 6-cylinder engine with a 383-cubic-inch V-8.

"It'll scoot," he said.

Zabrucky said he was at a car show in Hagerstown Saturday when he heard about the Marion show and decided to attend.

New for this year's show were the motorcycles; about 30 machines were entered, said Frank Suders, chairman of the annual event.

"Everybody wanted motorcycles added to it," he said.

Eric Todd of Greencastle won Best of Show among the motorcycle entrants with his 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide, Suders said.

A 1955 Ford Crown Victoria belonging to George Harris of Middletown, Md., was judged Best of Show among cars. Richard Hawbaker of Big Pool was tops in the truck category with his 1940 Chevy, Suders said.

Entry fees for the vehicles, food concessions and souvenir sales from the show, which was co-sponsored by Jerr-Dan Corp. of Greencastle and F&M Bank, raised about $4,500 for the fire company, Suders said.

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