Pa. car show features more than just Chevys

June 11, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

ZULLINGER, Pa. - It might have been termed an "all-Chevy show," but the Appalachian Golden Classics were happy to invite other cars into a special category at their 17th annual show held Sunday.

Sunshine reflected in the polished finishes of 87 cars shown in the event that benefited a 6-year-old Fairfield, Pa., boy in need of a motorized wheelchair.

The Waynesboro, Pa., car club was touched by Brandyn Rodgers' struggle with cerebral palsy and collected money from raffles, food sales and entry fees. The crowd was treated to oldies music to complement the show.

"I think they just like to see the cars that were out when they were young, and the younger people just like to look at them," said Jeff Cauffman, vice president of the Appalachian Golden Classics.


The show was more about a common interest than competition among the participants, who hailed from within a 50-mile radius of Waynesboro, Cauffman said.

"We're probably giving out 70, 75 awards," he said.

Jim Samuels of Greencastle, Pa., was happy for a pleasant day to show off his black 1966 Chevelle.

"It's been completely redone," said Samuels, who has had the car for nine years.

He kept a scrapbook of progress on the car, showing how it was completely stripped and the motor was rebuilt by him, his brother-in-law and his father-in-law in one summer.

"In my younger life, I always liked these cars and, of course, couldn't afford one as a kid," Samuels said.

Gary Glessner of Greencastle has worked on the motor of his 1970 Nova that he purchased in 2000.

"I've always just had Novas since I was 16," Glessner said.

The first car was a six-cylinder, while the latest is a 350 V8.

"It's nostalgia, and I just always liked the early '70s Novas," Glessner said.

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