Vintage cars showcased in Slatington
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS "Crankenstein" won the Most Drastically Altered award at the 22nd annual Antique/Collector Car Show sponsored by the Slatington Lions Club on Sunday. The 1951 Willys Truck is owned by Fred Savarese of Lehighton.
It was a car fanatic's dream come true.
A sea of vintage cars were showcased Sunday at the 22nd annual Antique/Collector Car Show at the Slatington Airport along State Route 873.
Sponsored by the Slatington Lions Club, the event attracted 508 cars, three more than last year's show, according to Lions Club President Ted Kistler.
"We've been blessed with the weather," Kistler said. "That's what makes the show."
Perhaps the vehicle that stole the show more than any other was the towering "Crankenstein" owned by Fred Savarese of Lehighton.
Built homemade, the Jeep, complete with a 1952 body, took Savarese over 25 years to complete.
"I said I'd sell the kids before I'd sell the jeep," Savarese said. "It's real fun on the beach."
Darwin Strohl of Lehighton said he's regularly attended the show.
"I've been coming here for years," Strohl said. "I used to have a business around here, and I know the people from the Lions Club."
Jason Newhard of Walnutport, brought his 1962 Chevy Impala to the show.
"I'm proud of the fact that I restored it, my dad and I," Newhard said. "I like it; we'll be back."
In all, there were 33 classes, with prizes given out to the top three in each category for a total of 100 prizes.
There were also nine special awards given out: Lions President Award; Masonic Award; Mayor's Award; Bup Kibler Memorial Award; People's Choice Award; Oldest Car in Show Award; Oldest Show Participant Award; Furthest Driven Show; Vehicle Award; and Most Drastically Altered Award.
The winner of the 1966 Mustang Raffle car was Ken Kausmeyer from Mt. Pocono. In addition, money was given at the 50/50 drawing, along with 10 computers.