Cars came from everywhere on Saturday as the sound of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll mingled with the roar of engines and the smell of hamburgers and freshly cut fries wafted over the crowd.
It was the Jefferson United Church of Christ’s annual car show that drew crowds of car enthusiasts to the Jefferson Ruritan Community Center.
It’s the 25th year the church has hosted the show, said John Edwards, a member of the church who has helped organize the show since the show began.
When they started, they had 12 cars and kept them in the church parking lot.
But within a few years, they had so many cars that they had to move the event to the Ruritan, Edwards said. Saturday’s event had 141 vehicles, he said.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the church’s outreach committee, which provides money and other assistance to members of the community in need, he said.
Word gets around when you have a good show, Edwards said.
A good show needs good people and people who like talking about cars, he said.
That’s part of what draws people like Shepherdstown’s George Glassford to events like Saturday.
The shows are an opportunity to discuss different ideas and see a lot of different cars, said Glassford, who brought Glassford to the event with his green 1967 Ford Fairlane.
It’s just like the first car he had when he was 16, which unfortunately he only had a few months before crashing it into a tree, Glassford said.
He said he goes to about 20 shows a year and meets a lot of the same people at different shows in the area.
Every collector may have their favorite type of vehicle, he said, but they can appreciate any car that someone has invested time in restoring.
Like Glassford, John Hurne bought his 1959 Pontiac Catalina convertible because it was the same model as the first car he ever owned.
He bought his current Catalina from a junkyard in 2003 and restored it.
The car drives smoothly and gets about 21 miles per gallon on the freeway, said Hurne of Hillsboro, Virginia.
He’s taken it to Florida, Kentucky and other places, including a trip to Detroit to tour an old Pontiac factory and “bring the old girl home,” he said.
Hurne sat in the sun Saturday chatting with Al Dodson of Purcellville, Virginia, who brought his 1936 Ford coupe.
Dodson said he always liked the style of Fords from that era, and he also owns 1932 and 1940 Fords.
This is the third show he’s attended this year and he likes to get together with people and see the old cars, he said.
Nearby, Adamstown resident Steve Woods pointed out details of his 2005 Morgan V6 Roadster, a British model entirely hand-built from ash, aluminum and leather.
While the 2005 model is relatively new, the design hasn’t changed much since the roadster first appeared in 1936, Woods said.
He said he first got involved with cars when his father came back from World War II and bought a sports car, which Woods helped him fix.
He also has a Corvette, a Cadillac and some British motorcycles, he said.
He bought the Morgan from a man in Colorado a few years ago and said he enjoys driving it.
“It’s a great toy,” he said.
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