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Old cars have Pa. borough humming

July 02, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - At first glance, it might have appeared to be the average congestion on Pa. 16 in Waynesboro, but upon further inspection, the 150 vehicles on its Main Street route through town Saturday were, in fact, parked there, and none of them was made after 1981.

The WaynesboroFest car show brought hundreds of people to Main Street for not only the vehicles, but also food vendors, oldies music and shopping.

"Everybody loves it. The business owners are really excited because it's bringing people downtown," said Bobby Etter of the Appalachian Golden Classics Club, which hosted the event with the Cumberland Valley Rod & Custom Car Club.

The clubs received permission from Waynesboro's police department and borough council and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to close Main Street from Walnut to Grant streets for much of the day. The show previously had been at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, which is undergoing renovations.

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"This has always been my dream to have it on Main Street," Etter said. "We just started at the square and parked them out."

The car show was one of the first events associated with WaynesboroFest 2006, a 10-day celebration of the community's heritage. WaynesboroFest, a triennial event, runs through July 9.

Best in Show honors went to Lewis Showalter of Waynesboro for his 1969 Chevelle.

The oldest cars lining Main Street were made in the early 1900s. Dale Seabrook's black 1918 Chevrolet Touring 490 - named the 490 for the suggested $490 sales price - attracted a number of visitors as he watched from the shade of a nearby awning.

"It sure didn't look like that when I got it," Seabrook said. "I completely restored it from the ground up."

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Seabrook used to travel with his father, Paul, in search of parts to restore the 1918 car and Paul's 1921 car. Now, his own son, Dale Seabrook Jr., joined him at the Waynesboro show with a 1964 Ford Falcon reminiscent of his days as a drag racer.

Dale Seabrook Sr. took the 1918 Chevrolet for a bit of a race himself in 1975, when he had the opportunity to drive it on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His car gets 22 to 25 miles to the gallon opposed to Carson Mills' 1971 red Dodge Dart that gets just 3 miles per gallon.

That fact makes traveling a bit difficult, Mills said, but that doesn't stop him from attending an average of five car shows a month, where he says he meets great people.

On Saturday, he met Gary and Flo Garman of Mount Wolf, Pa., and one of their two 1955 Chevrolets. That bright orange Chevrolet, known as "Juicy," had every detail redone, and now sports a pair of dice hanging from the rearview mirror. The die are fittingly orange and have five dots on each side - for the '55.

"I didn't have any orange clothes until I ended up with an orange car," Flo Garman said, sporting an orange tank top with the word "Juicy" and a "55."

A block from Mills and the Garmans, Guy Sentz of Fayetteville, Pa., displayed his 1972 Cadillac Deville sedan's many awards in its spacious trunk. The 20-foot-long car is completely original and never has been repainted.

"When you put all the windows down, it looks like a convertible," he said, proudly showing off the car.

For more information on WaynesboroFest, go to www.waynesborofest.org

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