Unusually fine August weather, low 80s, sunny with a gentle breeze, drew entrants and visitors to the 45th Swigart Museum Meet. The Meet is jointly sponsored by The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum and the Allegheny Mountain Region AACA. The meet was held at The Swigart Museum located on Route 22, on August 8th through the 10th.
The mix of beautifully preserved antique and classic automobiles at Museum Park were as abundant as they were varied. The 45th meet had an above average number of participants as well as visitors.
"The beautiful weather was conducive for visiting and viewing," said Marge Cutright, the Museum's executive director. "Many passersby saw the cars and stopped for a closer look. Everyone was so enthusiastic. This year's Meet was just marvelous, from start to finish!"
Mrs. Cutright noted the number and variety of antique cars at the show, but pointed out that there were more classic cars this year than ever before. The diversity, of antique and classic, allowed visitors to see how cars have changed over the years.
This year's Meet opened with an Ice Cream Social on Friday evening. At the social, seasoned veterans renewed and created friendships and the newcomers were welcomed into the "Meet" family. Pat Swigart, president of the museum's board of directors, said, "The Friday evening Ice Cream Social was well received. Everyone made it safely and could relax. Everyone caught up and shared stories of what happened over the last year. This is always a great way to start the meet… and there was ice cream, too!"
Leon "Red" Hopkins' 1925 Packard Sedan
John Kwiatkowski's 1970 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible
Bright and early Saturday morning, this year's judging began. There were many cars and many happy winners. One of the rarest cars to attend was a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V Limousine. It was shown by Don and Carol Barlup, from New Bloomfield, PA. What makes this gem rare is it's deep red color and that it was built for Conrad Hilton, American hotelier.
Another show attraction was the Basket Raffle, held each year on Saturday. The baskets are stuffed with a plethora of items ranging from car care products to household goods to back-to-school supplies. Tickets for the raffle were sold throughout the day. The ticket buyers would place their ticket(s) into a bag in front of the basket(s) they desired. It was from the tickets in the bags that a winner was pulled.
New to the Meet this year was a dinner-cruise on Raystown Lake aboard the Raystown Princess. The dinner-cruise replaced the traditional Saturday evening banquet of past years. "Everyone had a wonderful, relaxing time aboard the Princess. We had a unanimous vote to have a dinner-cruise again next year," declared Mrs. Cutright.
Sunday, the last day of the Meet, another tradition was held, a morning worship service. The non-denominational service was enjoyed by many of this year's participants. "So, mark your calendars so you can attend next year's Meet. It will be held on August 8th, 9th, and 10th of 2014," commented Mrs. Cutright. "We want to see you all next year. So, bring your special automotive jewel and your friends. Also, remember you are welcome at the Museum anytime during the season, not just during the Meet."
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
Barb Isern's 1968 Honda Dream Motorcycle
Don and Carol Barlup's
1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V Limousine
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 44th Annual Swigart Museum Meet a success. We appreciate your generosity and support.|
William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum12031 William Penn Highway (Physical)
PO Box 214 (Mailing)
Huntingdon, PA 16652
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Tuesday: 10:00a until 5:00p
Wednesday: 10:00a until 5:00p
Thursday: 10:00a until 5:00p
Friday: 10:00a until 6:00p
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