Classic display of good will


Once a week, members of the Lost in the 50s Custom Car Club cruise their pre-1965 vintage cars to a parking lot in Pasadena to admire one another's wheels and listen to oldies.

And once a year they raise money for the Anne Arundel County Special Olympics.

On Oct. 23, they plan to drive their Fords, Chevrolets and Cadillacs -- and even a 1927 Sterling -- to the Motor Vehicle Administration parking lot in Glen Burnie for their second annual benefit car show.

Admission to the show is free, but car owners are charged an entry fee.

Judging starts at noon.

Trophies will be awarded at the show for the best car in several categories.

There also will be door prizes, including restaurant coupons that several businesses have donated again this year.

Last year, 320 cars, some from as far away as Pennsylvania and Delaware, entered the show and helped raise about $4,000, said Don Breach, a car club member from Glen Burnie.

Mr. Breach has been a volunteer softball, basketball and soccer coach for Anne Arundel's Special Olympics for three years.

It was his idea to use the cars to help the children when they needed new uniforms. His fellow club members, who have put on shows with their cars to help other non-profit organizations, backed him up.

Some of the children from Special Olympics are expected to attend the show, said Mr. Breach. The car club members say it's gratifying to use their cars to help the children.

"The kids just look at you like they love you to death," said Mr. Breach, whose pea green 1954 Chevrolet Belair with a white roof was seen in the John Waters film "Cry-Baby."

Other members' cars also have appeared in movies.

The 145-member club was founded in 1987 by Richard Lord, of Pasadena, whose 1959 Cadillac was used as the model for the club's logo, along with a drawing of a 1950s car-hop on roller skates.

The club's members range from age 18 to 70 and most have been into vintage cars for years.

"It's easy to catch the bug. It's always there, implanted," said Richard Mooney, of Millersville, who owns a black 1957 Chevrolet with a flip-nose hood.

His wife, Judy, owns a 1964 1/2 dark green Mustang.

Walt Asbury of Odenton owns a red and white 1953 Ford Victoria he picked up from a Kentucky junk yard about three years ago and fixed up.

"The main thing we thrive for is to help other people and to fellowship with each other and have old cars," Mr. Asbury said.

And, yes, club members say, they will have a radio disc jockey playing oldies at their show.

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