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Antique Automobile Club planning weekend show

by Darlene J. Taylor

STAFF WRITER

Art Lefevre and Gary Davis are antique car enthusiasts.

Lefevre owns a 1965 Chevrolet coupe and Davis drives a 1968 Ford Mustang. In an effort to meet others with the same interest, they joined the West Virginia Region Antique Automobile Club of America.

"We get to meet a lot of different people with different antique cars," said Lefevre.

"We have over 100 members from throughout North Central West Virginia who enjoy driving and working on antique automobiles," added Davis.

West Virginia Region AACA will showcase antique as well as newer automobiles and motorcycles by members and the public when it presents its second annual Car Show Saturday in the parking lot of Quality Farm & Country, behind Texas Roadhouse, Emily Drive. In case of rain, the car show will be held June 17.

The Car Show will give entrants an opportunity to compete for trophies, as well as raise money for Habitat for Humanity, whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing in Harrison County.

"Our club will be a very small part of the entries," said Lefevre, event co-chairman. "We expect over 200 entries this year. The event is open to cars, trucks and motorcycles."

Rexroad Motor Sales, Texas Roadhouse and WFBY 106.5 FM are sponsoring the event. Rexroad and Texas Roadhouse held separate car shows last year and decided to merge resources this year in hopes of raising $2,000 for Habitat for Humanity, according to Fred Ashcraft, chairman.

"Habitat builds houses for families in need of simple, decent housing. Habitat is not a give-away program. Homeowner families are required to work on their own houses and they pay a small no-interest mortgage," said Mary Smucker, Habitat volunteer.

"Habitat is a great organization to work with and we are going to have a great time.

"We are looking for a good turnout," said Chris Marszalek, Texas Roadhouse manager.

"The car show is a walk back in time for some and a look at the past for younger people. It is also all for a good cause," said Lefevre.

WFBY will be on hand with a live remote from the Boom Box and the band Signal 6 will provide musical entertainment.

The first 200 entries will receive a dash plaque, T-shirt or hat, free appetizer card from Texas Roadhouse and a picture of their car at the show with a magnetic holder.

There will be 15 trophies in each division plus five sponsor choices.

Divisions include modified and street rods through 1985, antiques through 1975, W.Va. Region AACA through 1975, Corvettes through 2000 and motorcycles through 2000.

Registration will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m and entry fee is $10.

Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about the car show contact Texas Roadhouse at 623-1660, Rexroad Motor Sales at 623-6769 or WFBY at 623-6546.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County call 622-5046.

Anyone interested in joining AACA can contact Russell Davis of Fairmont, president, at 363-5807; Wilber McQueen of Bridgeport, vice president, at 842-4386, or any member. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month from October through May. Picnic meetings are held during the summer months.

Staff writer Darlene Taylor can be reached at 626-1439.

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