Car, truck, motorcycle show in Hagerstown honors memory of motorcyclist

September 08, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- While some popped their hoods to show off their powerful engines, others opened their trunks to display their powerful sound systems.

Instead of horsepower, it was all about subwoofers for the car owners who participated in the stereo competition at a memorial car, truck and motorcycle show on Sunday.

D.J. Turner, 20, of Hagerstown, competed with his 1995 Ford Explorer, and tested the limits of his two 12-inch subwoofers in the stereo competition. He also has a 7-inch flip-out television monitor on his dashboard.

Turner said his base level hit about 127, which is good for his system. Turner said he doesn't put a lot of money into his stereo system, but wanted to participate Sunday because it was for a good cause.


The event was hosted by Cumberland Valley Transmissions in Hagerstown in memory of Debra Reed Fields-Jordan, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident earlier this year while riding a motorcycle.

More than 100 cars and trucks were parked along Commonwealth Avenue Sunday with an hour left to register, said Mike Evans, who owns Cumberland Valley Transmissions.

Bill Shoop of Spring Run, Pa., was showing his 1974 Oldsmobile Omega during Sunday's event. He said he just finished repairs to the car in the spring. The five-year project involved a lot of work, Shoop said.

"I redid everything," he said. "It's about as original as I can get it. There's a lot of parts you can't get anymore."

Evans said Steve Jordan, Debra Fields-Jordan's husband, is a "good customer" and when Debra died, Evans wanted to do something to help the family. The money from Sunday's event will help the family pay for expenses and also will go to Debra's favorite charities.

Evans said Debra had just gotten her motorcycle license and was taking her first ride when she was killed May 25. She was 35 when she died.

The Herald-Mail has reported that she was eastbound on Md. 77 on a motorcycle when a pickup truck driving south on Pleasant Valley Road ran a stop sign at the intersection with Md. 77, according to police. That pickup truck was driven by Harry William "Billy" Shrader Jr., 45, of Pleasant Valley Road, who was charged with negligent manslaughter. He also faces a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed in Washington County Circuit Court by Debra's husband, The Herald-Mail has reported.

Evans said he wasn't expecting Sunday's event to be as successful as it was, and said he's planning on holding a car, truck and motorcycle show each year. Each year a different charity or family will benefit, Evans said.

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