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Revved up: Roaring Car Show comes to town for second year

By Staff | Sep 6, 2019

Kevin Jackson, of Bakerton, displayed his 1929 Essex at the Roaring Car Show in Shepherdstown on Sunday. Toni Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The Shepherdstown Lion’s Club hosted their Second Annual Roaring Car Show on High Street and within the parking area at Shepherd University on Sunday.

According to club president Michael Sholl, the first show in 2018 saw 54 cars entered.

“I am hoping for 55 this year,” Sholl laughed. “We want to grow, even if it’s just by one.”

Prizes came in the form of plaques presented to the vehicles selected by sponsors of the show.

“Businesses sponsor awards and they choose the winner,” Sholl said. “There is also a People’s Choice where attendees vote on their favorites.”

Marty and Tanya Griffith, of Winchester, Va., show off their 1947 Ford Truck at the Second Annual Roaring Car Show on Sunday afternoon. Toni Milbourne

Proceeds from the event are earmarked for the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation, an organization Sholl said offers eye and hearing services to low-income families in West Virginia.

“They help fund eye surgeries and hearing aids to those who can’t afford them,” Sholl said.

Marty and Tanya Griffith, who drove from Winchester, Virginia to show off their 1947 Ford truck, said they love to come to car shows.

“We built this truck together,” Marty said, mentioning Tanya had indicated she wanted an antique truck for their anniversary about six years ago. “It took us about eight months to restore.”

The couple attends two to three shows per month during the car show season, which runs from spring to mid-fall. Shows are usually dependent upon weather conditions, because car owners prefer not to bring their vehicles out in rain or cold.

“I like cars that are different,” said Keith Jackson, of Bakerton, who brought his 1929 all steel Essex. “The Essex is kind of rare. I always wanted something with suicide doors and a rumble seat.”

According to Jackson, weather is a factor when attending shows.

“This one [the Essex] is the most weather-friendly because I can close it up,” Jackson said.

Those bringing their vehicles to enter shows, including the Roaring Car Show, also look forward to competitions at the shows. Several businesses and individuals sponsored plaques and selected the recipient of their awards. In addition, a People’s Choice was presented following the gathering of attendee votes. The 2019 recipient of the People’s Choice was “Casper” Curatolo and his 2016 Ford Mustang California Special.

Stephen Geis was also the recipient of an award for his 2016 Ford Mustang, which came from Ours Lawyer and Lewis CPAs. Mustangs faired well as Gene Traficante’s 2011 Ford Mustang GT500 was the recipient of a plaque sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank.

Other winners for the day included Jerry Mullenix with his 1955 Oldsmobile 88 who won the plaque sponsored by Mark Everhart, candidate for House of Delegates in the 67th District; Mike Becker’s 1956 Ford F150 selected by Insurance Outfitters; Sandy Kovach’s 1980 Chevrolet Corvette receiving top honors from Cool Green Auto and Marsha Kidwell’s 1932 Studebaker President chosen by Blue Moon Caf.

Additional winners included Richie and Susanna Kave’s 1972 Volkswagen Bug selected by Shepherd University; Marshall Hill’s 1955 Ford Crown Victoria chosen by YHB CPAs and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird that was the recipient of the Greentree Realty plaque. The Thunderbird is owned by Bill Huffman.

Rounding out the day’s list of winners was David Kidwell, Jr. whose 1937 Studebaker Dictator received the Mayor’s Pick and Gene Green’s 1968 Chevy Camaro that was the Lion’s Pick for the day.