Hoods pop in Waynesboro for trip down memory lane

June 22, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - As police and fire personnel diverted traffic off Main Street in Waynesboro on Saturday, more than 100 classic and antique automobiles washed the town in the reflected glow of high-gloss and chrome during Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc.'s third annual Car Show.

A mix of vehicles from as late as 1982 lined Main Street with hoods popped for inspection and admiration by the crowd and votes by owners.

Blocked from traffic between Potomac and Walnut streets, Main Street bustled with hundreds of car enthusiasts, shoppers and volunteers.

Nostalgia brought many people to the show.

Peering under the hood of a 1957 Ford Thunderbird owned by Bernie McGarity of Waynesboro, Ken Howard let out a slow whistle.

"This is the car I wish I had when I was growing up," Howard said. "When one of these came down the street, you could tell what it was before you ever saw it, just by how it sounded. I am an old guy and I like old cars."


Howard and his friend, John Balmer of Mont Alto, Pa., strolled the street admiring the cars that starred in their childhood memories.

Balmer said looking at the old Ford Motor Co. Model A and Model T cars makes nostalgia strike him.

"My father had a Model A truck that said 'J.T. Balmer Grocery' on the side back in the 1930s," he said. "This brings back memories."

Car shows also can bring a lot of money for owners, McGarity said.

He said many owners invest in classic, rare and antique automobiles because every year, the vehicles will increase between 10 percent and 20 percent in value.

"If you put your money in the stock market, you can watch your investment on the news, but if you invest in one of these babies, you can have fun with it while your money grows," he said. "When you sell, you make a lot of money."

While the car show drew what McGarity called "gear heads" to see the pristine engines and custom bodywork of the cars, Anna Root, Promotion Committee chairwoman for Mainstreet Waynesboro, said it most importantly drew them downtown.

Root said the car show is one of three events hosted along Main Street that introduces people to Waynesboro's shops and restaurants.

Her hope is that those who came for the car show Saturday will come back in the future for the many things the downtown area has to offer.

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