Old and new are crowd pleasers at Pa. Lions car show

July 10, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • The grill of a 1946 Chevrolet truck shines brightly at the Rouzerville Lions Club Car and Truck Show.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — Vehicles ranging from 1940s pickup trucks to sports cars less than five years old gleamed in the summer sun Sunday at the ninth annual Rouzerville Lions Club Car & Truck Show.

“We’ve got a lot of really nice cars,” said Doug McCleaf, who organized the show with other Lions Club members.

This year’s show at Hooverville Elementary School had 137 entries, the same number registered as 2010, which had been the show’s biggest year. Proceeds benefit Lions Club charities at the local, national and international levels.

Among the 50 awards were Rouzerville Lions Club President Allen Scott’s picks for top car and truck. He selected a 1933 Dodge car presented by Bernie Smith of Gettysburg, Pa., and a 1941 Chevrolet pickup owned by George and Connie Whigham of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

Best of show honors, which are determined by participants’ voting, went to a 1954 Kaiser Darrin shown by Bun and Peggy True of Hancock, Md.

Ed Rickard of Sharpsburg joins Ralph and Karen Bowers of Hedgesville, W.Va., along with a dozen other friends at shows every weekend. Ralph Bowers said he attended 38 shows in 2010.

“This is the 15th one this year,” he said Sunday. “You meet a lot of really nice people. We just like old cars.”

“This is a really nice show,” said Rickard, who registered a black 1965 Mustang.

Karen Bowers displayed a 1969 Camaro that the couple has owned for four years. They overhauled the engine and changed out the seat covers.

Ralph Bowers showed a 1948 Chevrolet pickup with several modern conveniences, such as cruise control and power windows. He said that vehicle has won him 167 trophies over the years.

Marvin and Linda Ridenour of Hagerstown visited the show two years ago and returned Sunday. He was impressed by the selection and hoped to see a 1917 Ford Model T again.
“I think it’s really great. They have a nice selection of cars,” Linda Ridenour said.

C.P. and Bridget Nutt of Chambersburg, Pa., stopped at the car show when they noticed it while traveling to a motorcycle swap meet in Gettysburg.

“It’s good to see history and how well they take care of the cars,” C.P. Nutt said.

Tom Mays and Bev Pittman of Waynesboro, Pa., also saw the show while traveling on Pa. 16. They were headed to Walmart.

“I said, ‘Let’s stop by and check it out.’ It’s something to do instead of sitting around the house,” Mays said.

Both Mays and Pittman said they were impressed by the variety of vehicles.

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