Carroll County Times

Five years of classic cars for the Hampstead Legion

The Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 Car Show celebrates its fifth anniversary on May 10, and Hampstead resident Amos Bull, for one, is excited.

"It's been a nice show ... the ladies auxiliary does a nice job of all the food and it's just plain nice," Bull said. "It's just a good time."

The car show will begin at 9 a.m. at the Arcadia Fire Company carnival grounds and will feature vehicles from the '40s and older, contemporary cars and vehicles from all the decades in between, according to show coordinator Stacey Nash. There will also be food for sale and raffle prizes, though she said the exact menu and prize packages have yet to be determined.

Vehicle judging will begin between noon and 2 p.m. and awards will be presented an hour later at 3 p.m., according to Nash.

There will be first-, second- and third-place prizes awarded by the vote of all registered contestants in each of five categories: 1949 and older, 1950 through 1964, 1965 through 1979, 1980 through 1995 and 1996 and newer, as well as Commander's Choice and President's Choice awards. There will also be a People's Choice Award, according to Nash, chosen by the public, for whom the event is free.

Registration for those entering a vehicle in the show will be $10 through May 9 and $15 on the day of the event, with event day registration available only from 9 a.m. until noon.

The car shows of the past five years have seen as many as 90 participating cars, and Nash said the goal this year is to reach 100 cars.

Other than the age categories, there are no restrictions on what types of vehicles can be entered, according to Nash, be they stock models in good condition or cars with significant alterations.

Bull said he has won something every year of the car show, his prized vehicle being a heavily modified 1997 Corvette - his chrome wiper blades cost him $650 for the pair - and he remains confident of a win again this year.

"She gets the job done," he said.

The car show has been getting the job done for the legion as well, according to President Faye Dell, who said exceptional interest in car shows both locally and nationally has made the annual car show an important fundraiser for the organization.

"There's a lot of people interested both locally and at a distance and they keep asking me, 'are you having it next year?'" Dell said. "It's been a success financially. It's helped us pay what we need to send in to national and department [for dues]."

Last year, proceeds came to $1,207.30, according to Nash.

While the funds raised by the car show have been helpful, Legion Commander Marvin Frush said the reason for sponsoring the car show has as much to do with a desire to preserve history as much as the need for revenue.

"I personally like the original antique cars. I have a '49 Chevy and '57 Chevy that I [enter in the show]. It's amazing how people will get them fixed up and preserve them," he said. "I feel it's necessary to preserve these older vehicles so these younger generations can see them. Some of the younger kids don't have any knowledge of the cars from the '50s and '60s unless they come to a show."