The eighth annual Art Beckman Memorial Cruise-In for Hospice of Garrett County, MD, is set for Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nu-Finish Collision Center, located at 1470 Maryland Highway, Mountain Lake Park, MD.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is by donation. There is no charge for spectators, who can park their vehicles across the highway at Long Branch Saloon.
Steve and Sheila Davis have hosted a cruise-in at their body shop since 2012. The first car show was held just for fun to see how many vehicles would show up. But that changed the next year.
“Art was a really good friend of Steve’s,” Sheila Davis said.
Arthur Adonis Beckman, 61, died on April 20, 2013, at his home “surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer,” his obituary noted.
“He was always willing to help others and never met a stranger,” it stated.
He was co-owner of Beckman Trucking, Beckman’s Variety Store and Beckman Lumber Co.; a veteran of the Army National Guard; and a member of Elks Lodge 2481, the Mountain Loggers Group and Mountain Top Cruisers Car Club.
Beckman and Steve shared a parking lot when Beckman’s Variety Store was located next to Nu-Finish.
“So they got to know each other very well,” Davis said.
Steve Davis also became close to the Beckman family over the years. So when Beckman died, the Davises decided to hold the second cruise-in in his memory. Sheila Davis’ long-time friend, Naomi DeWitt, immediately volunteered to oversee the food and bake sales and has helped out ever since.
“Naomi is a top fundraiser for Hospice,” she said. “We knew it was her passion, so we decided to start donating the cruise-in proceeds to Hospice.”
About $2,000 was raised at the first memorial event.
“It keeps growing,” Davis said. “I think last year it was close to $3,000.”
Between 110 and 125 cars are entered into the event each year. Participants have come from as far away as Petersburg, Moorefield and Morgantown, WV, as well as Uniontown, PA, and Cumberland and Frostburg.
“They come from all around,” Davis said.