Unique trophies part of first Benefit Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show in Chambersburg

August 01, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Pastor John Bayer shows some of the custom-built trophies made from engine parts that will be awarded at Saturday's first benefit car show at Grace Brethren Church in Chambersburg, Pa. The show is held in memory of Bayer's parents, John and Kathy Bayer.
By Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Since the Rev. John Bayer was old enough to remember, he was by his dad’s side in a body shop.

“I just enjoyed working around cars, and being with my father,” said Bayer, pastor of Grace Brethren Church in Chambersburg.

On Saturday, Bayer’s church will host its first Benefit Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, which will serve in memory of his father and mother, John and Kathy Bayer.

Car show registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. The show begins at noon and runs to 3 p.m. 

Admission costs $15 for car owners. The public is admitted at no charge.

To make the car show unique, Bayer wanted to do something special to honor his parents and his longtime love of cars.

All of the car entries will be eligible to win one of 37 unique, custom built trophies made from engine parts, Bayer said.

“I just started going to my friends in the community and saying, ‘I have an idea for a car show. We would like to make trophies out of engine parts,’” he said.

“I started getting all kinds of parts, but they didn’t look like they do now,” Bayer said.

They were greasy and dirty, he said.

“They looked like junk to the average person,” Bayer said.

But, underneath the layers of grime, Bayer knew there was a Best in Show or First place trophy waiting to shine.

The Best in Show trophy weighs more than 30 pounds and is sculpted with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle muffler and cylinder, he said.

“Each year we are going to design a new set. They will not even look like this next year. We already have people working on the plans for next year,” Bayer said.

Judging of the vehicles will be done by the owners from noon to 1:30 p.m. Trophy presentation will be at 3 p.m.

Food, entertainment and vendors also are at the show.

Proceeds from the car show benefit the church’s Family and Community Ministries with the big goal being a children’s playground at the church.

United Cerebral Palsy’s Peachtree Program, Camp Joy El’s Released Time Bible Program, and Child Evangelism’s School Clubs use the church and will benefit from the children’s playground.

Bayer said about 200 children in the programs would use the playground.

Groundbreaking on the new playground is slated for the spring of 2014, Bayer said.

If you go ...

  • What: First Benefit Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show
  • Where: Grace Brethren Church, 315 S. Edwards Ave., Chambersburg, Pa.
  • When: Saturday, Aug. 3, Registration from 9 a.m. to noon, show from noon to 3 p.m.

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