Record crowd for Romancing the Chrome car show, winners announced

The Aegis

A record crowd of more than 3,500 spectators enjoyed a day of looking at classic cars at Romancing the Chrome held Saturday at Jarrett's Field in Jarrettsville.

The show featured more than 300 entries, also a record, and was organized by the Harford County Public Library Foundation and Jarrettsville Lions Club.

Another record was set as Romancing the Chrome raised more than $17,000 for the two sponsoring organizations.

Proceeds raised by Harford County Public Library Foundation will go directly back to the community to support programs such as Summer Reading Challenge, STEM and library author nights. The Jarrettsville Lions Club will use its share of the funds raised for its Leader Dog Program, which provides service animals to sight-impaired individuals.

Romancing the Chrome also featured a children's area, Rolling Reader, Silver Reader, music, vendors, food concessions and a beer garden. Food vendors included Pond View Farm and Pit Crew, Cowboy Eats Catering and Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli, the latter which provided gift cards to the best in show and individual class winners.

Joe Ligo, associate producer/editor of Maryland Public Television's “Motor Week,” was the celebrity judge.

A dozen volunteers spent the afternoon judging the cars. The winner of the $500 Best in Show prize was Stephen Amspacher for his 1948 Plymouth Business Coupe.

The Third Annual Hero's Award, in memory of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, was presented to Ron Beall and his 1967 Pontiac Firebird. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler was the guest judge.

Winners in each class were:

Historic (pre-1949): First, William Ayd, 1930 Pierce Arrow Model B; second, Jesse Hernclon, 1948 Ford F-1; third; Mark Ridgeway, 1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe.

Street rod: First, Steve Delp, 1941 Chevy pick-up; second, Ralph McCarter, 1939 Chevy Sedan; third, William Chapman, 1930 Ford Model A.

Muscle car GM: First, Gerald McLean, 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS; second, Marvin Rembold, 1969 Chevy Camero SS; third, Bob Baxter, 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS-396.

Muscle car Mopar: First, Jason Amspacher, 1968 Dodge Coronet; second, Ray Lavos, 1972 Dodge Charger SE; third, Eric and Laura O’Dell, 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite.

Muscle car Ford: First, Arvin and Judy Sadler, 1966 Ford Mustang; second, Bernard Schweigman, 1966 Ford Mustang; third, Corey Reid, 1970 Ford Mustang - Mach 1.

Foreign (pre-1992): first, Dennis Morroson, 1960 Triumph TR3A; second, Jack Dagilas, 1962 MG Model A; third, Philip Snyder, 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500.

Jeep/truck/SUV (pre-1992): First, Gary Milner, 1974 Chevy Cheyenne 4x4; second, Brad Miller, 1954 Dodge Pilot House; third, Don Bennett, 1949 Willys Overland Jeepster.

Jeep/truck/SUV (post-1993): first, Jay Berends, 2011 Ford F-250; second, Robert Borso, 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser; third, Aaron Austin, 1993 Ford Lightning.

Stock (1949-92): First, Gail Lord, 1969 Chevy Camaro; second, Scott Rinaca, 1975 Pontiac Trans AM; third, Nancy and George Toner, 1965 Ford Mustang.

Foreign (1993 and beyond): First, Christopher Miller, 2014 Acura Legend; second, Ashley Linthicum, 1994 Volkswagen Jetta; third, Carl Stillwell, 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo.

Sports domestic (1993 and beyond): First, Terry Potts, 2004 Chevy Corvette; second, Doug Read, 2004 Ford Thunderbird; third, Pat Schiavone, 2004 Chevy Corvette.

Muscle (1993 and beyond): First, Rick Moxley 2009 Ford Mustang; second, Rich Valentine, 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT 8; third, Henry Jones 2007 Chevy Corvette.

Imports/Tuner: First, Mike Celmer, 2006.5 Scion XB; second, Breanna Rehner 2013 Hyundai Veloster; third, Candice Rioley, 2003 Toyota Celica GT.

Custom (1949-92): First, Joe Wurm, 1957 Chevy Sedan Delivery; second, Dewey Hyle, 1955 Chevy 210; third, Andrew Horner 1950 Chevy 3100.

"Romancing the Chrome is a great community event that brings together many generations to enjoy time with one another while admiring gorgeous vehicles," Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library, said. "We are so fortunate to have the Jarrettsville Lions Club work with our Harford County Public Library Foundation on the car show. Romancing the Chrome was the perfect way to wrap up National Library Week."

The show’s headlining sponsor was Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Premier sponsors were Jarrettsville Federal Savings & Loan Association, BE Miller and Waste Industries. Supporting sponsors were Armstrong and Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli. Contributing sponsors were American Design and Build Ltd., Cowboy Eats Catering, Leaf Filter, Pond View Farm and Pit Crew, Smith Hardware and 970 WAMD.

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