Charles Town – Following the cancellation of the 2020 Charles Town Car Show, enthusiasts have turned up for the event this year. Around 320 cars entered the show and many roads were lined up which were closed for the event.
According to Liz Cook, the city’s downtown coordinator, 89 of those entries were pre-registered and the remainder arrived by 7 a.m., with cars of all makes and models eager to share information with owners about how the cars were to be bought. What was achieved, what got them working and how proud they are to share their passion with other car fans.
Mike and Stephanie Zeiders travel from Lewisberry, Pennsylvania with their 1962 Chrysler Newport convertible. They were located next to friend Jerry Holtry from Shipinsburg, Pennsylvania, whom he had met at the last car show.
“I had heard about the show and told them,” said Holtree as he stood beside his handsome 1972 red Dodge Challenger.
Zeiders shared that he bought his Chrysler from a widow who had kept the car in the garage for 25 years.
“It’s original,” he shared. “We are really lucky,” Stephanie said, especially since only 251 vehicle models were built.
The couple said that they go to the show almost every weekend.
“We meet a lot of people,” Stephanie said. “It’s a very tight-knit group,” he added, greeting another car show acquaintance.
Mark Haines of Knoxville, Maryland, shares that he hasn’t missed a single show since the Charles Towne Show debuted 12 years ago.
“It’s one of the best shows around,” Hans said. For this year, he entered the 1960s Hash Metropolitan, though that’s not the only car he owns.
“I also have a 1951 Henry J, a 1930 Ford Coupe, and a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air,” he said, sharing that 1954 was one he got from his father and drove to high school.
It was not only the car owners who enjoyed the day; Businessmen were happy seeing the crowd in the city.
“It’s one of the busiest days of the year for us,” shared Josh Vance, owner of Abolitionist Ale Works, where a beer garden was set up.
“It is definitely a very profitable day,” he said, adding that any event in the city brings a good day.
Missy Glasscock, owner of Needful Things Emporium, echoed Vance’s sentiments.
“We absolutely love car shows,” said Glasscock as she served hot dogs outside her establishment and P. She explained that it opened early because the car owners had arrived early and she welcomed them to shop.
Mayor Bob Trainor stopped in on Needful Things just in time to share the day’s success for the city.
“This is unprecedented,” he said. “There are people from at least three or four different states,” he said, admiring the city staff and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the show a success.
The overall sponsor for Saturday’s event was Dwayne Marcus-owned Tyreville. Marcus has been involved with the show since its inception and took the time to commend former Mayor Peggy Smith for her efforts to move the show forward 12 years ago.
He also shared the importance of people visiting the city where they are able to share their stories and downtown businesses can show what a welcoming place Charles Town can be.