Most Americans remember the first car they owned. Many have taken cars similar or identical to their first one and have rebuilt or modified them for drag racing, and others have restored the older cars as a hobby and display them in area car shows.
Today, more than 300 car enthusiasts, many from Carroll County, will display their cars from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the fourth annual Classic/Antique Car Show and Flea Market in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
The show, presented by the Street Cars of Desire Car Club, will feature cars from prewar up to 1972. Because foreign cars did not gain popularity until after the early 1970s, you won't find any in this show. The show is for American cars and trucks only.
Marris German of Westminster coordinates the event. German joined the club three years ago and serves on its board of directors. German and his wife, Sharon, handle the registration for the Timonium show and help with the other events the club sponsors.
"This is our biggest show," said German. "This is the largest indoor heated car show in Maryland. Last year, over 6,000 people attended the show. It is a good entertainment value. The admission is just $3 and the parking is free. All the proceeds go for a good cause.
"We have a well-rounded variety of cars, everything from A to Z. We have 30 different classes, including antique, custom and muscle cars, along with pickups and street rods."
All the proceeds go to the Caring Program, which provides health care for children whose families earn too little to afford quality health care, but too much to qualify for medical assistance."
German, 47, always has enjoyed automobiles.
"I've been around cars all my life," he said. "I worked on drag cars when I was young and had a 1964 Corvette. I later brought a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro when I returned from Vietnam."
While raising a family, he gave up his hobby until four years ago when he felt the time was right to pursue his interest in cars again.
He purchased a 1948 Ford Coupe. At first, German was looking for a car to rebuild, but found the Ford in Cecil County already restored and the price was right, so he bought it. A short time later, he brought a 1951 Mercury to restore for his wife.
Once the car is completed, Marris and his wife each will have a car to drive to the shows they attend.
German won't display his car in Timonium, but there will be other Carroll countians on hand. Other participants include James Gatuso, Dale Brown, Warren Hastings and Bobby McCullum of Westminster, Vaughn Greer of Millers, Marcell Munshaur of New Windsor and Pat Kelly of Eldersburg.
75-80 Dragway awards
Several Carroll County drivers received awards at the annual 75-80 Dragway Banquet last weekend.
The overall track points leader for 1993 and Class I Eliminator was Joe Mayne of Mount Airy. In Class II, Corey Hess of Taneytown led all drivers in points to earn the Outstanding Driver Award. In the Motorcycle Class, Marvin Ford of Westminster took top honors. The Outstanding High School Driver Award was presented to Brian Dowdy of Sykesville.
In addition to the awards presented by the track points system, awards that were based on votes by fellow racers were presented. Those award winners included:
* Most Improved Motorcycle Award, Tim Lippy of New Windsor.
* Best Appearing Car Award, Chris Grimm of Reisterstown.
* Best Appearing Bike Award, Marion Ford of Hampstead.
* The Class I Racer Most Likely to Succeed in 1994, Nathan Etzler of Mount Airy.
* The Motorcycle Rider Most Likely to Succeed in 1994, Scott Chasen of Taneytown.
* Best Supporting Crew Award, Cliff Peddicord of Westminster and Wagner Bros. of Hampstead.
* Best Appearing Crew, Chuck and Laurie Taylor of Taneytown and Don Hess and Jackie Mathias of Westminster.
* Lady Racer Award, Lisa Peddicord of Westminster.
* Best Sponsor Award of Drag Racing at 75-80, Sev Tingle of Mount Airy, owner of Pro-Start in Monrovia, and manager Chris Hruska.
* Special Media Award, Prestige Cable.
* Hard Luck Award, George Smith and Larry Hoff of Westminster.
* All in the Family Award, The Peddicords (Jim, Cliff, Jim Jr., Lisa and Susan).
The 75-80 Dragway will begin its 1994 season Sunday, March 6.