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Show will feature cars, trucks and motorcycles

May 11, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

CLEAR SPRING -- When turning his 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 put too much strain on his ribs, Don Tedrick and his younger brother, Ted, installed a power-steering system.

When his wife didn't want to go for a leisurely drive in the car because it lacked air conditioning, they installed air conditioning.

But the brothers didn't install just any power steering or air-conditioning systems. They put in systems from 1963 to keep the car as original as possible.

Don Tedrick said he wanted to keep the car as original as possible, so when someone looks under the hood they will see the systems a 1963 Fairlane would have.

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Tedrick, who lives south of Clear Spring, expects to take his raven black Fairlane with a Corinthian white hardtop to Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.'s Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at the Clear Spring Carnival grounds on Big Spring Road on Saturday.

The car show, a fundraiser for Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., is being organized by Barbara and John Perrott, who live north of Clear Spring.

The couple has had various show cars over the years and have helped organize other car shows, Barbara Perrott said.

Some of the cars they have had included a 1938 Ford street rod, a 1972 Ford Maverick painted to look like a Mustang and a 1940 Chevy street rod, she said.

Tedrick's Fairlane has a family history.

Tedrick, 75, was with his father, Howard, when the elder Tedrick bought the Fairlane for his wife, Lillian, on May 4, 1963, from Reed Motor Co. in Middletown, Md.

After his father died in 1978, the car was to be sold. Gas prices were high and there wasn't much interest in the car, so Don Tedrick bought it.

Mostly, Tedrick drives his Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

But when he wants to go to a car show or for a short drive, he takes the Fairlane.

"It's just a nice, pretty car. To me it sort of looks like a miniature Thunderbird," said Tedrick, who retired in December 1995 as transportation director for Washington County Public Schools.




If you go ...



What: Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.'s Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Rain date is Saturday, May 22.

Where: Clear Spring Carnival grounds, 12323 Big Spring Road

Cost: $10 to register vehicle. Includes breakfast and lunch sandwiches and drinks for drivers. Free admission for spectators.

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