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Dream Come True benefit at Becky's Drive-In aids Blue Ridge Chapter

  • ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Richard Hoey had trains air brushed onto his 2001 PT Cruiser. It is colorfully painted on all four sides.
    ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Richard Hoey had trains air brushed onto his 2001 PT Cruiser. It is colorfully painted on all four sides.
Published October 11. 2011 05:01PM

The Dream Come True benefit at Becky's Drive-In, Berlinsville, was delayed a week because of rain. It was rescheduled for Oct. 9.

There were 401 cars entered in the show hosted by the Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club - the second highest number ever even with the delay which caused them to expect a lower number, said Wanda Strohl. "It is just such a wonderful cause that people come to support it. There were generous donors who helped us with the expenses and provided door prizes. Word has gotten out. It's surprising how many are here for the first time."

She said winners are picked - not judged. Prizes go to one chosen by the participants, one by spectators, a club choice award, special Becky's Drive-In Speaker Trophy and the Joey Zellner Memorial Trophy.

Richard P. Hoey Jr. of Bethlehem likes both cars and trains so he had train pictures air brushed onto his 2001 PT Cruiser and has a model train set up inside the hatch, which he built himself with a fall scene and farms. The outside of the hatch door has, what else, a caboose. The artist added the words "The Choo Choo Cruiser."

For an artist he checked the work of a lot of people until he chose the one he thought was best.

He is a member of both the Lionel Train Collectors and the Train Collectors Association, as well as the Lehigh Valley Cruisers.

On the hood there is an engine that burns coal - a Reading Railroad car - and one that burns wood - a western engine. Hoey said it is the East meeting the West. He has been showing for nine years but the artwork was added in the last two years. The two engines are part of his model train collection. The artist took hundreds of pictures to get the designs right. At night when light hits the hood the metallic paint appears as though the embers are burning, Hoey said.

He wanted two eagles and has one on each side of the car. There is also track and scenery on the sides carrying out the east and west theme with a fine line connecting it to the engines.

Ken Gerchusky of Slatington did the restoration on his British 1972 TVR and has just completed work on a second one. He said the cars were handmade and there were only 96 made before the company went out of business in 2006 - 75 percent were exported to the United States.

They are fiberglass built over a tubular frame. Gerchusky has been showing since 1982 but will not take the car out when it is raining.

There were lots of dogs accompanying their owners as well as a Greyhound rescue group.

Wassyl Mauser, who used to farm, used his tractor and wagon to give hayrides. He said youth doesn't get enough credit for the good things they do such as his son and a friend who were cooking french fries.

The son, also Wassyl Mauser, was working with Kevin Werkheiser cooking french fries. All money taken in goes to Dream Come True. The boys were members of the former Boy Scout Troop 40. "We're the 100-percent (to DCT) group."

Boy Scout Troop 15 was cooking peach cobbler in dutch ovens. No one was sure how long they have been doing it but it was at least 20 years and other scouts were in the troop then.

"It was before our time," said Tim Galloway, a former scoutmaster who was helping out. "A lot of people look forward to it."

The troop is looking for new members. If interested call 484-951-5271.

Nick Mitchell of Klecknersville played his clarinet on stage in appreciation of receiving it as a Dream Come True gift. He plays the LeBlanc clarinet at Lebanon Valley College where he is studying the business of music.

He taught himself to play the clarinet but had lessons earlier with drums and string bass.

He is an employee of Becky's. "It's my fifth season but this is the first time I'm at the festival," he said. Mitchell said he has a key to the concession stand and that might make him an assistant manager.

He graduated from Northampton High School in 2008.

Mitchell lived in Florida for six months while attending the University of Miami.

Flea market stands provided lots of "just looking" items. The Lehigh Township Lions and Lionesses had a Coke and hot dog trailer and chinese auction respectively.

Pumpkin Lane games, activities and pumpkin painting were done by Lehigh Elementary sixth graders.

Probably the most common comment was "the weather is better than last week." People were enjoying the sunshine and cars filled almost every available parking space.

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