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Antique car and truck show benefits Alzheimer's Association

June 21, 2007

The first Shamrock Antique Car and Truck Show was held May 20 at the Shamrock Inn in Hagerstown.

The show benefited the Western Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

The benefit was in memory of Madeline Vigeant by her daughter, Maureen Taylor, and in memory of Annie Gerst by her son, Wayne Gerst.

Taylor is a past Powder Puff stock and drag racer, and her husband, Robert, races on a dirt track. Wayne Gerst customizes antique cars and trucks for show only. The Shamrock Inn sponsors six race cars locally.

There were more than 30 antique cars and trucks on display. Some were from as far away as Severna Park, Md. The oldest vehicle was a 1930 Pierce-Arrow, and the newest was a 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

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The Best of Show Car was Woody Cheney's 1930 Pierce-Arrow, and the Best of Show Truck was Bill Hornbaker's 1960 Ford F-100.

There were 10 People's Choice awards.

The following awards also were given:

· Best Paint - Stacy Crabtree, 1932 Chevrolet Vicki

· Best Engine - Dennis Miller, 1970 Chevrolet Nova

· Best Unfinished - Thomas Birtle, 1962 GMC dump truck

· Best Interior - Robert Yonker, 1968 Ford Mustang

· Best Chrome - Kelly Swain, 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

Area sponsors for the event were Shamrock Inn, B.P. Lesky Distributing Co., Wantz Distribution, Hagerstown Speedway and Mr. and Mrs. Vern Sword's Corner Pub, all in Hagerstown; Johnnie's Foods of Greencastle, Pa.; Sweetsie's Eats & Treats of Clear Spring; Bobby Smith Motors of Clear Spring; Jessica Rodriguez; and Maureen Taylor.

The staff of Shamrock Inn and its patrons donated their time and the proceeds of a bake sale for the cause.

The Shamrock Inn, Maureen and Robert Taylor, and Wayne Gerst also raised funds last fall for the Cedar Ridge Boys Home. This fall, they will raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.

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