For kids, a wheel deal

Car, truck, cycle show a family affair for some

Car, truck, cycle show a family affair for some


LEITERSBURG-Sierra and Blake Brown are not yet aware that they are vying for ownership of a bright blue metallic 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS big block.

While they might not care even if they did know now, odds are good that the 5-year-old and 3-year-old siblings one day will care a lot.

Their parents, Joe and Kim Brown of Smithsburg, both come from families that cherish their automobiles.

The Brown family attended the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co.'s fourth annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show fundraiser on Saturday on the grounds of the Leitersburg Ruritan Club.

Joe and Kim Brown, 42 and 33, were showing the Chevelle that Joe's parents purchased brand-new in 1969. Brown and his siblings learned to drive in the car, and it was passed on to Joe's sister. When she decided to sell it, Joe resolved to keep the car in the family. He bought the Chevelle and spent nearly five years restoring it to its original condition.


"It has a lot of history," Kim Brown said. "One of our kids will get this car."

Kim Brown's parents, Jan and Larry Welsh, 55 and 58, who also attended the show, said each of their two grandchildren would be sure to have a classic car. The Welshes, of Winchester, Va., have owned several classics over the years, and they are in the process of restoring a 1962 Chevrolet Nova.

"One of them will get this car (the Chevelle), and granddaddy will give one to the other," Larry Welsh said.

Robbie Gossard of Hagerstown treats his deep red 1963 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport as a piece of history, too. Gossard, 42, went to the show with his son, Leon, 6.

"I came home from the hospital in this car," Robbie Gossard said. "My dad bought it in 1963 and turned it over to me when I was 16. It has a lot of sentimental value."

Gossard said he plans to pass the refurbished car on to Leon, who rested comfortably during the show on a pillow in the Impala's spacious, opened trunk.

"I like it," Leon said. "It goes really fast."

Dan Smith, 42, of Hagerstown, and his fiance, Dena Burger, 44, of Greencastle, Pa., showed a powder blue and chalk white 1956 DeSoto Sportsman and a red 1967 Plymouth Barracuda.

"It's a lot of fun to relax and get to enjoy people and see different vehicles that you don't see around anymore," Burger said.

Some participants said they were more interested in contemporary vehicles than classics.

Brian Freeman, 38, of Chambersburg, Pa., showed his gold 2002 Kawasaki Mean Streak. "I try to make it back every year to help out the fire company," Freeman said.

Mark Dale, 37, of Waynesboro, Pa., a member of the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., helped coordinate the show. Dale said more than 30 area businesses and organizations provided sponsorship. In addition to voting for their favorites among 86 cars, trucks and motorcycles, participants and spectators listened to oldies music, bought 50/50 raffle tickets and ate concession fare.

Milton Bloom, president of Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., said the company's current station "costs more to keep up than it would be to turn around and build a new one."

Dale said proceeds from the show, a projected $1,000 to $1,500, would be used toward construction of an updated station where they could have beds and more office space.

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