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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:28

Shepherdstown, WV, Car Show Raises Money for Low Income Residents

Written by Eve Larsh, The Journal
Glen Oden shows off his 1928 Model-A Ford at the 2nd Annual Roaring Car Show. Glen Oden shows off his 1928 Model-A Ford at the 2nd Annual Roaring Car Show. Eve Larsh/The Journal


Some say nothing feels better than driving down the road in a beautiful automobile.


The Shepherdstown Lions Club sponsored the 2nd Annual Roaring Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 1, at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. Michael Sholl, president of the Shepherdstown Lions Club and organizer of the event, said there were 44 cars involved in the event and by the end of the day he expected even more.


“Last year we had 54 cars,” he said. “Hopefully this year we get more. My goal was to get 55 and do one better than last year. Last year we did it in the parking lot, this year we moved to the street.”


Proceeds from the event go to the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation.


“It helps low-income residents of West Virginia to get eye surgeries and hearing aids,” Sholl said.


Last year’s proceedings went toward purchasing a diabetes alert dog for a 3 year old, Sholl said.


Glen Oden, whose 1928 Model-A Ford beamed in the sunlight, attended the event with his brother Terry and his wife, who brought her ‘97 Camaro.


Although he considers it an expensive hobby, Glen said the fun he gets from it makes it worth it.


Glen said Terry did most of the restoration work on the Ford.


“He did everything,” Glen said. “We had to put the glass in. We had to put the paint on. Everything in that car was done at the house."


Terry, who is retired from a career of doing auto body work, said a lot of sweat went into restoring the car.


“I did the Camaro and the Model-A in eight months,” he said. “I know how to put things together.”


Gene Traficante, another participant in the show and owner of a 2011 Mustang GT500, said he goes to at least one car show every month.


“I’ve always been into cars since I was a kid,” he said. “When I was little, me and my brother used to modify my bicycle, and we’ve just stayed into it.”


Traficante said he has a lot of passion for taking care of his Mustang.


“I’ve had it for nine years,” he said. “I bought it brand new in 2010. It’s an ‘11 but I bought it in ‘10 when this body style just came out. I only have about 8,000 miles on it now.”


When it comes to a car this nice, Traficante said he doesn’t like to drive it much.


“It kind of sits around in the garage,” he said. “I drive it to shows, and that’s about it. Every once and awhile I’ll take it out for a cruise.”


Traficante, who has lived in Martinsburg, WV, for almost a year after moving from New Jersey, said those involved in the local car show scene are a friendly crowd.


“I love the area,” he said. “The few shows I’ve been to everybody’s been very outgoing and welcoming. Coming here today, it was a little overwhelming.”


Sholl said car shows can be special and nostalgic events.


“It’s fun to see how well maintained the cars are and to see it bring back memories for so many people,” he said.


We thank The Journal for reprint permission.


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