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Classics, modern cars capture attention of all ages

July 11, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- Wearing a pink top and argyle skirt, 9-year-old Hannah Lund doesn't look much like the type of person who would be raving about Chevrolet Chevelles and Pontiac GTOs from the 1960s.

But the Smithsburg girl's enthusiasm was clear at the eighth annual Rouzerville Lions Club Car and Truck Show on Sunday. In fact, she said she felt a connection to the gleaming vehicles lined up in the Hooverville Elementary School parking lot.

"They're kind of 'me,'" Hannah said.

Hannah and other visitors had 237 cars and trucks to check out. Any money brought in during the show will benefit Lions charities, whether associated with vision services, diabetes or specific community needs.

Organizer Doug McCleaf said the show was sponsored by Terry Barkdoll Antiques, Allen B. Scott Hauling, Linda Barkdoll of Ronnie Martin Realty and Mountain Gate Family Restaurant.

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The club handed out more trophies -- 35 to cars and 12 to trucks -- than ever before for what turned out to be their biggest show to date. "Best of Show" honors went to John and Ann Edwards of Charles Town, W.Va., for their 1937 Chevrolet pickup truck.

"We try to do a good show. If you do a good show, then word will get around and people will come," said McCleaf, who gave his fellow club members credit for running the event.

Les and Tiffany Kerns, of Waynesboro, Pa., heard about the show and decided to visit for the first time.

"We're not really car show people, but we figured it'd be interesting," Les Kerns said.

He laughed at a truck modeled off the show "Hee Haw," and his wife also enjoyed some of the older trucks.

"There's some cars I remember from when I was growing up. Of course, they didn't look this nice then," Les Kerns said.

Hannah's father, Larry Lund, also saw cars that brought back memories, although his favorite from the lot was a newer model. A 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra caught his eye, although he said he'd love to own any vehicle from the selection.

Larry Lund was taking his daughters, Hannah and 7-year-old Elizabeth, to a nearby restaurant when they spotted the show. When asked if they wanted to stop, the answer was loud and clear.

"I'm like, 'Yeah!'" Hannah said when recounting what happened.

Cheryl Kensinger, of Waynesboro, did car restoration with her father before he died. Car shows allow her to pass on some of that knowledge to her children. She was joined in Rouzerville by James, 13; Robert, 12; and Anna, 10.

The family explored the show in a previous year.

"They have a lot of different cars," said Anna, who most liked an orange Chevrolet Chevelle.

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