There is something about looking at old cars that takes you back to another era.
Integrace Fairhaven, a retirement community in Sykesville, will hold its fifth annual Classic and Antique Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12. The event will feature door prizes and dash plaques for car entrants, as well as raffles, food, musical entertainment and more for all who attend. Proceeds from car entrant fees, food, flea market vendor fees and raffles will all benefit Disabled American Veterans — DAV — Chapter 22 in Westminster.
The DAV is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity, assisting veterans and their families in gaining full access to all benefits available to them and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
"We've given our proceeds to a different cause each year," said Joseph Angelozzi, one of the event's founders. "This year we are giving it to soldiers and that really touches people because these are the soldiers of Carroll County. We keep nothing from this event. It all goes to the charity — every dime."
Angelozzi started the event with car enthusiast Tammy Fleming, who is now his fiancee. They met when his mom was a resident of Fairhaven and they realized they shared a common interest in older cars.
"I have always had a love of cars — since I was a kid," Angelozzi said. "It was part of my era. I grew up with antique cars and [movies like] 'American Graffiti.' I have a '64 Corvette I've had since 1970. It was one of my first cars and I just kept it."
Fleming has an old car of her own. She is the director of Integrace Fairhaven's salon and spa. She used to style Angelozzi's mother's hair when his mom was a resident. Fleming is also the social accountability representative at Integrace Fairhaven — which means she is in charge of activities like blood drives, collecting shoes to be donated to developing countries, and coats and school supplies drives for Shepherd's Staff.
"I've been doing car shows for over 30 years and I have 16 cars of my own," Angelozzi said. "Tammy and I just started talking one day about doing a car show there. [Integrace Fairhaven representatives] met with us and then went forward with it. They've done a lot of the work and brought in sponsors."
The cost to enter a car is $12. The first 100 cars entered get a dash plaque and each car owner gets a ticket for the door prize drawing.
Fleming said they have gift cards and certificates donated for door prizes by Walmart, Chili's, Pizza Hut, Grilled Cheese & Co., Ledo's Pizza, Starbucks and Advanced Auto Parts — all in Eldersburg — plus Battery Warehouse, of Westminster, and non-gift card items from individuals.
"At the first car show, we weren't sure how many cars we'd get," Fleming said. "So [Angelozzi] and I passed out flyers at other car shows and at the [Veterans of Foreign Wars] on Friday nights. We added it to websites and promoted it wherever we could. We had maybe 70 cars at that first car show. But last year we had close to 140 cars. Every year we hope to get more by just reaching out to people in the community."
Cindy Yingling, vice president of brand strategy and development at Integrace, is also a co-chair of the car show with Fleming and Angelozzi. She said 70 trophies are to be given out.
"All the car entrants will vote on each other's cars and the top 70 get a trophy," Yingling said. "And we have some special trophies, too."
Special trophies include one for the best interior and the longest drive — given to the person who traveled the farthest to participate in the show — as well as the Fairhaven Executive Director's Choice and a Fairhaven Resident's Association Choice. Angelozzi spoke about the top 70 trophies.
"At other car shows it seemed people like it best when those who are showing pick the favorite cars," Angelozzi said. "You never have anyone question whether the judges had favorite people in the show."
Fleming said the car show community is a tight group of people who love cars and the residents of Fairhaven look forward to it every year. Resident Mary Jane Fuhrman, 93, agreed. She used to own a 1927 Chevrolet with a running board and a 1948 Chevrolet with an opera seat in the back.
"I used to go every weekend almost year round to car shows," Fuhrman said. "I see so many people from the car clubs [at this event] — some I haven't seen for 20, 30 or 40 years. I belong to five car clubs and still keep up my memberships. I've made so many friends through this. Antique car people are very friendly. They will be glad to talk to you about the car you had that was just like theirs."
To add to the party atmosphere, DJ Blaine Brown will play music thoughout the event and a flea market will offer an opportunity to shop.
Yingling said the flea market will have everything from antiques to collectibles.
Food will be available for purchase, including breakfast sandwiches, muffins, coffee and juices available from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be sold from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, sodas and other food items available for purchase.
"Our food is usually provided by Unidine, the corporation who does the food for all Integrace facilities," Fleming said. "Last year was the first year that free food was given out, too, by Oscar's Alehouse in Eldersburg. They had wings and pasta and other things last year, and they are coming again this year. They did that just to show community support."
They will also have a 50/50 raffle during the day and a raffle for five great prizes.
"We are raffling off an autographed Ravens hat signed by Kyle Juszczyk and donated by the Ravens and an Oriole picture of Chris Tilman donated by Great Moments in Westminster. The Francis Scott Key Resort, in Ocean City, gave us a two-night stay to raffle off and Glory Days [Eldersburg] is donating a backyard barbecue for 10 people," Fleming said. "Plus, we have a car bucket filled with Battery Warehouse and Advanced Auto items [that were donated by those businesses] as well as car wash items we added to the bucket."
Both Fleming and Angelozzi spoke of the meaning old cars have and how they can affect a person.
"I think people like to reminisce at car shows," Fleming said. "They remember going to the drive-ins with their car and they can't believe people have brought these old cars back to look just like they looked like when they were new. They are easier to work on too, without all the new computer systems."
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"Looking at old cars brings back something from your past," Angelozzi said. "A lot of people will find a car that they had when they were younger or their parents had. It brings backs happy times to see these cars, and that's what this is all about — those happy times."
If You Go:
What: Fifth annual Classic and Antique Car Show with door prizes and dash plaques for car entrants, and flea market, raffles, food and musical entertainment for visitors.
When: September 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 13 with the same hours.
Where: Integrace Fairhaven, 7200 Third Avenue in Sykesville.
Cost: $12 per car to enter car show. Free to visitors. Proceeds benefit Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 22, Westminster.
For more information: Call 410-970-2041