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Antique cars 'Cruise In' to town

August 28, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT - As light rain began to fall Sunday afternoon, Denny Layman reached into his trunk for a large beach umbrella. He used it to cover his 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster.

"I have a top, but I didn't bring it," said Layman, of Winchester, Va. "I keep this for emergency situations ... like brief showers."

He was one of about 50 antique car owners who brought their vehicles to Potomac Street near the Conococheague Street intersection for the Antique Car Cruise In, part of Williamsport Days.

Debbie Beall of Halfway owns the 1966 Ford Galaxie she drove when she first got her driver's license. About 40 years later, the car only has 32,000 miles on it. Beall said an appreciation for older cars was something she got from her father, Dave Allen of Boonsboro.

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Beall and Allen sat near his 1957 Ford Fairlane, as people walked by admiring it Sunday.

"He bought this off the showcase," Beall said. "It was brand new. Nothing in it has been redone."

Allen said he drove his Fairlane intermittently over the years, racking up about 60,000 miles in the 50 years he has owned the vehicle.

"He never really drove it that much," Beall said. "It was more of a Sunday vehicle. He took good car of it."

The car has no power steering or power brakes. And while that makes the car more difficult to maneuver, Allen has no plans to change the vehicle.

"He didn't buy it that way and says he's not going to change it," Beall said. "He thinks everything should be original."

Curtiss LeFevere of Bedington, W.Va., said it was important when he bought his 1969 Chevrolet Caprice that he know the previous owner's personality.

"I want to know how they take care of (the car)," he said.

LeFevere purchased the vehicle in 1998 from his wife's uncle. It had only 24,000 miles on it at the time, he said. He has put only about 7,000 miles on the Caprice since then.

"It had low mileage, and I know where it came from," he said.

LeFevere said he takes the car out only about five times each year. He also owns a 1930 Pontiac that he drove to his prom, and a 1911 Model T Ford.

Corey Hargett of Falling Waters, W.Va., said he bought his first classic car, a 1965 Chevrolet Nova, about one year ago. He brought the car to Sunday's event and said people asked him questions about the size of the car's carburetor.

Hargett said he likes the Nova because of its quickness. "Nobody expects a four-door to be fast," he said.

The car has been clocked at 13.5 seconds for a half-mile, he said.

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