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Old and new vehicles part of Rouzerville Lions Club show

July 09, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - While songs from the 1960s played at the Rouzerville Lions Club car and truck show Sunday, the 115 vehicles registered were both old and new.

Today's heavy-duty pickup trucks glistened near the sedans of yesteryear at the club's third charity show benefiting local, national and international initiatives like eyeglass recycling.

A table held trophies for antique, classic, muscle and pony cars categories and "pretty much a class for every vehicle we could think of," said Doug McCleaf, with the Rouzerville Lions Club.

"Best of Show" honors went to Robert Tracey of Waynesboro, Pa., whose black 1959 Chevrolet Impala earned the most votes from the show's participants gathered at Hooverville Elementary School.

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The Mason-Dixon Corvette Club had several of its 130 members and their cars out for the sunny afternoon. The draw is "meeting new people, seeing new cars," said Suzy Sease, Corvette Club secretary.

She happily handed out three membership applications for the club that formed in 1973 and operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

Members "try to keep their cars as original as possible, clean, low mileage," said Sease, of Waynesboro.

"We had more Corvettes than any other class," McCleaf said.

Ron Yaukey built the roll bar on his 2002 Corvette, but the Chambersburg, Pa., man mostly focuses on readying the car for shows every weekend in the fair weather months.

"The hardest part is getting all the smudges and scratches out," Yaukey said.

He took all the wax off the black car when he first bought it, getting down to just the paint and perfecting it from there.

"When I got it, it had 400 miles on it," Yaukey said.

Karen Tawney's Chevrolet Deluxe has 42,000 miles on it, the original motor and a five-year-old clear coat of paint on the exterior. The Gettysburg, Pa., woman has been driving the car off and on for more than five decades.

"It's been in my family since it was new," Tawney said.

Her great-aunt bought the 1950-model car when she was 72 and passed it to Tawney's father.

"It was my first car that I drove when I got my driver's license," Tawney said, explaining that it took her to high school during her senior year.

Now, after acquiring it from her father in 1992, the "ice cream car" mostly takes Tawney to church and on evening ice cream runs. It's shown in four to six benefit shows a year.

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