Hot rods, cool dragsters raise funds for Jocelyn

May 02, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN -- Marvin Bauman brought his son's dragster and two hot rods to the Jocelyn Dunahugh Benefit Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Sunday because he likes fundraisers.

It wasn't the first time Bauman, of Poolesville, Md., brought cars to a show hosted by Cumberland Valley Transmissions. He brought an orange Dodge Neon hot rod and a black Dodge Charger SRT8 hot rod to one of the company's shows last year, and brought them again this year to the show on Commonwealth Avenue in Hagerstown.

The company has hosted spring and fall fundraisers to help people in need since the fall of 2008, said Fallon Neff, event organizer.

Jocelyn is a 2-year-old Hagerstown girl who had a heart transplant in March after a virus she contracted last year enlarged her heart, according to Herald-Mail archives.


Proceeds from Sunday's show will be given to the family, Neff said. The event raised money from vehicle entry fees, food sales, raffles and donations, Neff said. With entries costing $10 per vehicle and at least 106 vehicles registered, that's at least $1,060.

Marty Ritchick, 55, of Clear Spring, said the show had a great mix of vehicles.

Ritchick went to the show after his son, Robert "Marty" Ritchick, called to see if he wanted to go.

The show featured some good cars and entertainment, and it was a nice day to enjoy with his dad, said Robert "Marty" Ritchick, 30, of Hagerstown.

"I prefer anything that anyone took the time to make custom," he said.

His father prefers the older vehicles. It's been so long since he's seen some of them during his school days that it's like seeing new cars, the elder Ritchick said.

Both checked out a 1923 Ford T-Bucket owned by Keith Jackson of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Jackson named the bucket "Little Green Devil." The car is painted a bright metallic green.

The name goes back to his high school days, when he called Rolling Rock beer the "Little Green Devil," said Jackson, 53.

Jackson has turned the car into a hot rod, making several modifications, including the addition of a 1980 Chevy engine. The car can go from 0 to 100 mph in three seconds, compared with reaching 40 or maybe 50 mph with its original motor, Jackson said.

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