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Cars, stories plentiful at Old Home Week show

August 06, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Many of the 125 vehicles shown in Sunday's Old Home Week Antique Car Show had ties to the Greencastle area.

Most of the owners were from Franklin County. Many cars were purchased from Greencastle dealerships.

And every last one of them, it seemed, had a story.

Take LeErin Plasterer's firemist red 1965 Cadillac convertible, for example.

The Greencastle man had a Cadillac in the early 1970s that was the same color but a different body type. Then, one day, he saw "Doc" Edward Carl's wife driving the convertible.

"Twenty-five years ago, I followed her home one day and said, 'I'd like to buy this car,'" Plasterer said. "She said, 'You're at the bottom of a long list.'"

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However, Plasterer was the high bidder when the car ended up on the auction block in 2002.

"It's totally all original," he said. "I bought it to drive, to have fun."

Along the way, he also bought another 1965 Cadillac. The second is a hard-top, four-door car with 33,580 original miles.

Ralph Tracey called Plasterer's story "a piece of Greencastle history."

Tracey's own piece of history, a Chevrolet Impala, has been shown during past Old Home Weeks, which are triennial events celebrating the Greencastle-Antrim community. The town is in the midst of its 36th Old Home Week.

"I don't know how many times I've had it here," Tracey said.

The Greencastle-area orchardist bought the car new in 1964 from Hicks Chevrolet. Now, it has 59,000 miles on it.

"We used it for a family car for 10 years," Tracey said.

He pulled out the original sales slip.

"Seat belts were optional at that time. They were $20 extra," Tracey said.

He also paid $16.15 for two-tone paint on the "lagoon blue" car.

"On a cloudy day, it's blue. On a sunny day, it's more green," Tracey said.

Ron Smith, of Upper Strasburg, Pa., only bought his 1964 Ford Falcon a few years ago, but has overhauled the car.

"Lately, it's been getting the vibrations out of it," Smith said.

Smith shows the car about once a week over the summer months.

"I had one of these when I was 17 years old," he said.

In addition to cars, the show had several old ambulances and firetrucks on display.

Bobby Emberson, 4, of Greencastle, requested to peek into the back of a red 1954 Packard that had "Waynesboro Ambulance Squad" painted on the side. The boy also was a fan of a 1939 Dodge convertible "'cause it's big."

The car show drew about 10 fewer participants than the one held three years ago, but Russ Everetts, from the organizing committee, said there were more visitors.

"I would say we had more people this year milling around," he said.

"Winners" were those people whose tickets were drawn in hourly contests.

"There was no judging. We tried to keep it a fair thing," Everetts said.

Winners were Ron Fox of Greencastle, who had a 1968 Dodge Coronet; Nathan Keener of Hagerstown, who had a 1966 Ford Mustang; Robert Kendle of Greencastle, who had several Buicks and Chevrolets; Ron Mullins of Hagerstown, who had a 1940 Chevrolet; and Nancy Stine of Greencastle, who had a 1965 Ford Falcon.

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