From a 1908 Brush Runabout to a 1999 Plymouth Prowler, the 45th Swigart Museum Meet was the gathering place for many, various makes and types of beautiful cars. The event, sponsored by the Allegheny Mountain Region, AACA and The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum, was held August 8-10 at Museum Park, three miles east of Huntingdon.
"This year, we had an excellent turnout and more variety of cars than in the last couple years," noted Marge Cutright, Swigart Museum Executive Director. "As always, the sight of a car show brought in many passersby from Route 22. Some folks just drove through slowly to see the cars; other folks stopped to chat with the owners or take photos. For us at the Museum, it is always wonderful to see and talk with our Museum friends and to welcome new ones. This meet was definitely a huge success."
Cutright also noted that the weather added to the success of the meet: "The weather was perfect! It was warm, but not hot and humid. That meant it was conducive to walking around to see all the cars and to stop and chat."
One of the special attractions at this year's meet was Jennerstown Speedway's race car simulator. The Chevrolet race car was equipped with a computer simulator so that "drivers" could get behind the wheel of a real race car and, through the simulator, experience driving laps in a race. One young man, who asked to remain anonymous, said after emerging from the car, "Geez, I thought I would ace this! It's a lot harder than I expected. Like, I ended up crashing! But, it was really fun." He later returned for a second "race."
The meet got underway Friday evening with the traditional ice cream social at the Museum. Then, bright and early Saturday morning, the cars were registered and parked on the Museum campus. Judging began mid-morning. The Historic Preservation Award was presented to John McClure, of nearby Calvin, for his 1908 Brush Runabout. Although unrestored, the Brush is in fine condition and was a big hit with Meet attendees. Winner of the People's Choice Award was Ron Green's 1967 Amphicar. The convertible, which is equally at home on land and in the water (it is equipped with propellers), amazed visitors at Raystown Lake when Ron drove into the water!
For the second year, the day ended with a dinner cruise aboard the Raystown Princess, which departed from and returned to Seven Points Marina."What a wonderful way to conclude the day!" one attendee exclaimed, adding, "It was so restful on the water. The scenery is so beautiful ... and the food was terrific."
As in past years, the Meet concluded with a worship service on Sunday morning.
Class winners were:
Class 1 - Model A
Guy and Marjorie McCardle, first place, 1931 Model "A" Pick-up
Class 2 1900-1929
John McClure, first place, 1912 IHC Highwheeler
Class 3 - 1930-1937
Ernest Romanini, first place, 1932 Chevrolet
Class 4 - 1938-1949
Paul & Veronica Supan, first place, 1940 Nash Ambassador
Class 5 - 1950-1955
Wib and Jeri Caldwell, first place, 1955 Ford Fairlane 4-Door Town Sedan
Class 6 - 1956-1963
Leon "Red" Hopkins, first place, 1956 Lincoln Mark II
Class 7 - 1964-1971
Ron Green, first place, 1967 Amphicar 770 Convertible
Class 8 - 1972-1979
Valerie Green, first place, 1976 Citicar Electric Hardtop
Class 9 - 1980-1989
Ralph Summers, first place, 1989 Ford
Class 10 - Corvette and T-Bird
Larry and Eileen Niedzialek, first place, 1984 Chevy Corvette
HPOF - John McClure, 1908 Brush Runabout
Best of Show - Ron Green, 1967 Amphicar
|The Officers, Board of Directors, and staff of The William E. Swigart, Jr. Antique Automobile Museum gratefully acknowledge and thank all persons and organizations which helped to make the 45th Annual Swigart Museum Meet a success. We appreciate your generosity and support.|
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