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Classic, contemporary wheels roll in funds for March of Dimes

April 18, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Exhibitors drove a mix of classic and new vehicles Sunday to the third Annual Kmart March of Dimes Car Show in Waynesboro and helped raise money for children.

Forty-nine cars and trucks sat with popped hoods in the Kmart parking lot, said Shelley Baer, organizer of the event.

Three years ago, Baer, a Kmart employee, brainstormed the idea of hosting a car show to benefit the March of Dimes, she said.

"It was just something we came up with," she said.

In 2009, the show raised $1,500 for the charity.

No goal was set for the show Sunday, Baer said, but the organizers hoped to match what was raised previously.

For the exhibitors, showing off their masterpieces while contributing to the greater good is what made the car show worthwhile.

"I'm doing what I love and I get to help people in the process," said Bob Ranck of Newburg, Pa.

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Shawn Luthens of Chambersburg, Pa., said driving a piece of history is the draw of classic cars.

His 1953 Dodge Truck is a favorite pastime he said he could never give up.

Most of the detail on the vehicles was the handiwork of the owners, said Ron Smith of Upper Strasburg, Pa.

Trophies were awarded for the top five trucks, top five cars and the best of each, Baer said.

The exhibitor were also judges for the show.

When evaluating a vehicle, Luthens said the craftsmanship was key.

"I'm looking at the quality of the work and the attention to detail," he said.

Infinity Designs of Waynesboro, Illusions Customizing, Collision and Restoration, Kmart and Sounds of the Nite sponsored the event.

The Waynesboro Fire Department and Antietam Dairy sold food and refreshments.

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