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Pacemakers Car Cruise moves to Blue Mountain Ski Area

  • ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Cruisin' down the byroads of Carbon and Monroe counties, the Pacemakers' cruise returns to Blue Mountain Ski Area.
    ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Cruisin' down the byroads of Carbon and Monroe counties, the Pacemakers' cruise returns to Blue Mountain Ski Area.
Published July 01. 2010 05:00PM

The antique and the classic cars were the same but Blue Mountain added a festival to the annual Pacemaker Car Cruise, previously held in Palmerton. This year's event was held June 19.

The Palmerton West End Fire Company No. 2 fire police were directing traffic for the cruise. Terry Costenbader of Pacemakers said it was the 11th cruise held in the past 15 years. The cars traveled from Little Gap to Palmerton, through Bowmanstown to Kunkletown and back to the ski area. Along the route people sat at the roadside waiting for the mobile car show to come to them.

The money raised from the cruise goes to area recreation in the form of grants. Anyone wanting to apply should contact a member of the Pacemakers.

Costenbader said he is so busy with the details of the cruise that he hasn't been able to drive in it yet. Awards were presented at 6 p.m.

A candy cane car owned by David and Karen Kolek of Palmerton offered candy canes to children. David said he buys them after Christmas to be ready for the show season. The design was chosen because it was painted at Christmas.

The car is a 1948 Chevy coupe that Kolek bought in Hamburg. The restoration had been done and he only had to paint it to be ready to show.

A '99 F-150 still has the original paint on the outside but the interior has been completely customized. Bruce Fichter of Kunkletown said he and his son Travis did the work.

They show a lot and were out to the national show in Carlisle several times. Most of the shows they attend are mini-truck shows.

The truck, with its doors wide open to show the customizing, had the steering wheel and console removed and replaced. The seats were replaced with racing seats. It has a 2,500-watt stereo system.

The carpet and headliner were replaced in the interior colors of red and black.

A 2000 Ford Focus with a custom wide-body kit and full air suspension does not go on cruises because it is only four cylinders, said Tim Kroninger of Bethlehem.

He is president of the Impressive Impact car club which raises money for charity - mainly for Dream Come True.

The car is taken to 15 to 20 shows a year. It has an audio and video system. The interior is black leather and blue suede. He proudly says he did most of the work - "It was built, not bought." The color is Deep Sea Blue with silver flakes and purple additives. Kroninger said it looks purple at night, and has a "ton" of lights.

Four-year-old Jayson enjoys accompanying his father to shows but on cruise day he was at a birthday party with Mommy.

Joe and Connie Visnosky of Palmerton bought a'78 Chevy "already fixed up." He has kept it garaged. Visnosky won two awards at the cruise: Best Four-wheel Drive and Boys Choice.

Their showing is limited to cruises and local shows. Son Joey enjoys the shows and accompanies his parents.

Mom and Pops Wineberry Express is a 1923 Chevy delivery van that was rebuilt from patterns and measurements he drew up. It is an original from Martin and Parry of York, Pa. It was shown by Harvey and Janet Beers of Kresgeville and won an award for Best Street Rod truck/sedan.

Heidi Lutz, marketing director at Blue Mountain Ski Area, said the festival is a fun event for the entire family. There is face painting, greyhounds to be adopted, a lumberjack show, sky rides and many inflatables for children to jump on, all without charge. A wagon pulled by a team of miniature horses was giving free rides.

A craft fair was inside and there were horseshoes to play. "I like it when things are free," said Lutz.

Along the street was vendor after vendor offering a variety of foods. After all, the festival is also billed as a Farther's Day picnic.

The evening ended with fireworks.

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