ROHRERSVILLE, Md. — Val Sasmore of Keedysville said his vehicle sometimes defies car-show classification.
For starters, it has demilitarized grenade launchers with bomber-goggled rubber ducks perched upon them. Then, there is the oddity of the small machine gun turret.
Sasmore drives a 1960 British armored scout car, a fighting vehicle designed and built for reconnaissance purposes.
Organizers of the First Hose Co. of Boonsboro and the Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club faced the challenge of classifying the car Saturday at the eighth annual car show at Station 8 in Rohrersville.
“They never know what to do with me,” Sasmore said. “This year, they settled on the category of vintage apparatus.”
He was hopeful that the classification, which only had two entries, would increase his chances of winning a trophy.
“I should at least get second place,” he joked.
Sasmore bought the historic vehicle as a birthday present for himself seven or eight years ago. He played with toy tanks as a kid and “never got over them,” he said.
Dick Kaetzel, 68, of Rohrersville, said his vehicle of choice is the Chevrolet Corvair. He showed not one, but three of them — a viper-red 1965 Corsa, a madeira-maroon ’66 Corsa and an aquamarine ’66 Monza.
Kaetzel’s first new car was a 1962 Corvair, and he has owned the vehicles ever since. At one point, he had seven of them.
A lot of people appreciate Corvairs because a lot of people owned them, he said.
“In the ’70s, when they stopped making them, you could buy them for a couple hundred dollars. Some people would even give them to you,” Kaetzel said. “A lot of kids had them. They have good memories of them.”
Terry and Bonny Lescalleet, 56 and 50, of Falling Waters, W.Va., attended the car show, in part, because of such memories.
“A lot of it is that people get to come and reminisce about old cars,” Terry Lescalleet said.
“It helps keep us young. We talk about things we did way back when,” Bonny added.
The couple said they attend the Station 8 show each year. They enjoy the variety of classes, the musical entertainment provided by a DJ and the crowd of people common to the event.
Harry Wood of the First Hose Co. of Boonsboro said the show, which offered 11 vehicle classes, typically draws around 500 people and raises about $3,000. Proceeds come primarily from a $10 registration fee, food sales and donations, and are used toward fire department operations, including utilities, equipment and training.
“As a volunteer company, we get contributions from the state and the county, but it’s nowhere near enough. We raise at least half the funds to support it,” he said.
Wood said the car show is an established fundraiser with a number of repeat participants and attendees from Hagerstown, Frederick, Md., Baltimore and West Virginia.
Members of Pleasant Valley Ruritan assisted the company with concessions and other duties at the show. They took over operations when fire and rescue workers went on three service calls during the fundraiser.
Bob Deener of Pleasant Valley Ruritan said the Rohrersville area did not have its own fire and rescue operations for many years.
“Now that we have it, we want to support it,” he said.