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Crowds, cars turn out for annual Morgan Co. show

September 26, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - Antique cars and trucks from 1916 through the 1970s were cleaned, polished and on display Sunday at the 17th annual Mountain State Cruisers Car and Truck Show.

The fundraiser on U.S. Silica Co. grounds showed off more than 70 antiques.

The Mountain State Cruisers is a local car and truck club with 73 members from West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, said club president Jack G. Myers.

The club was started in 1985 to raise funds for local organizations. The proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Panhandle.

Music from the 1950s and '60s blared over the loudspeaker, and vendors sold food and soft drinks. Myers said it is a family event and there is entertainment for kids.

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"We want the kids to become involved to raise charity for local organizations," he said.

As much as $1,000 was raised by the 50/50 raffle ticket sales at an earlier fundraiser, he said. Fifty percent went to the local charity and 50 percent went to the ticket winner.

"Sometimes the winner donates the money back," he said.

One antique car owner drove from Lewisburg, Pa., "just to participate," he said, and some cars are worth as much as $30,000.

"The 1937 Ford pickup is selling for $30,000," he said.

The cars and trucks must be at least 25 years old. The oldest antique was a 1916 Chevrolet from McConnellsburg, Pa. The original price was $490.

Richard Miller said he is the car's third owner, and he bought and restored it 10 years ago.

"It is pure Fulton County," he said. "Since 1916, it has never left the county. The car is endorsed by the Fulton County Historical Society."

It has 30,000 miles on it and will go 35 mph, Miller said.

U.S. Silica donated the use of the property for the one-day event, Myers said. Berkeley Springs and Hancock businesses donated money for the trophies that are given to the top 30 cars and trucks, he said.

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