Irvona car show continues despite forecast|
Monday, June 04, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
IRVONA - Despite a weather forecast that called for rain and possible thunderstorms, the show must go on, and go on it did for the 32nd Annual Antique and Classic Auto Show and Chicken Barbecue sponsored by the Irvona Fire Co. The weather kept the crowd and car count down, but Terry Collins Jr., president of Irvona Fire Co. said, once you do all of the planning and have everything ordered, you pretty much have to carry through with it.
"But we still had a decent turn out with rain off and on all day," he said.
Eighty-three vehicles were registered for the show, down slightly from last year, again due to the weather. The fire company was able to sell 500 chicken dinners as well and they enjoyed the tunes played by Dave Gardner of D&J Rocks in Clearfield.
"Everyone did a great job getting ready for the show," Terry Collins Sr., fire chief, said.
The cars were parked in different locations from years past due to the park being too wet in some areas from all weekend rains, but the response to the parking areas was good.
"The turnout was great, for the weather," Irvona Mayor John "PJ" Patterson said. "I hope next year we have even more people turn out to support the fire company."
He is also responsible for choosing the Mayor's Choice award and this year that went to Ted and JoAnn Gallaher of Irvona for a 2010 Dodge Challenger.
Other special awards went to Angel Hockenberry of Coalport as the People's Choice for her 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle, Chris Wood of Northern Cambria was the Owners Choice for his 1953 Ford Pick-up truck, Denver Ammerman of Fallentimber received the Elwood Queen Memorial Award for his 1979 Ford Lariat Pick-up Truck and Jeff and Peggy McCully of Curwensville received the William "Rip" and Dorothy Collins Memorial Award for their 1970 Chevy Chevelle and Phyllis Kweder of Reynoldsville received the furthest distance award for traveling from Reynoldsville in her 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle.
"It was a great day, we had some sunshine but it all turned out OK," Collins Jr. said. "We have a great crew that helps us out and we appreciate what they've done the past few week."
His dad, Collins Sr., said, "This community has been just great. We really appreciate the support they've given up during the carnival and the car show. I'm proud to call this home and thank everyone for what they've done."
Harry Peles of Carrolltown said he has never missed one of the car shows in Irvona and he has a ribbon from each year on his wall. He said he really enjoys the show each year.
The plans are already in the works for the 2013 carnival and the 33rd annual car show.
The winners are as follows:
Class A: Stock Cars and Trucks through 1956: first, Harry Peles, Carrolltown, 1935 Plymouth Coupe; second, George and Doretta Garvey, Osceola Mills, 1936 Plymouth Business Coupe; third, John Elling, Mahaffey, 1944 Willy's Jeep.
Class B: Stock cars and trucks 1957-1968: first, Carl Jones, Northern Cambria, 1967 Pontiac GTO; second, Bill Mulraney, Northern Cambria, 1957 Chevy Belair; third, Tim O'Leary, Patton, 1965 Dodge Dart.
Class C: Stock cars 1969-1984: first, Tim Bennett, Patton, 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner; second, Ed and Leona Baum, Coalport, 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo; third, Fred Wood, St. Benedict, 1976 Ford Torino.
Class D: Stock cars 1985-2000: first, Dick Yarger, Osceola Mills, 1987 Buick Grand National; second, Joel Stanton, Philipsburg, 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme; third, Timothy Gates, Fallentimber, 1955 Pontiac SLP Firehawk.
Class E: Stock cars 2001-present: first, Ted and JoAnn Gallaher, Irvona, 2010 Dodge Challenger; second, Eric Behm, Altoona, 2010 Dodge Challenger G/T
Class F: All Corvettes: first, Curt and Jessika Ripple, Penfield, 1980 Chevy Corvette; second, Carol Bauman, Curwensville, 2002 Corvette Convertible; third, Dave (Bob) Smith, Coalport, 1991 Chevy Corvette.
Class G: All Mustangs: first, Matthew Gallaher, Westover, 2007 Mustang Coupe; second, Brennan McMurray, Carrolltown, 1968 Ford Mustang; third, Joe Adam, Coalport, 1987 Mustang LX.
Class H: All Camaros: first, Steve Stanton, Philipsburg, 1980 Chevy Camaro R.S.; second, Kendra Mell, Elmura, 1978 Chevy Camaro; third, Caitlin Kimberly, Irvona, 2012 Chevy Camaro SS.
Class I: All motorcycles: first, John Sollers, Huntingdon, 2005 Harley Trike.
Class J: All racecars: first, James "Bud" Garvey, Fairhope, 1965 Mustang racecar; second, James "Bud" Garvey, Fairhope, 1959 Ford Modified racecar.
Class K: Stock trucks 1947-present: first, Frank Swartz, Ginter, 1959 Chevy El Camino; second, Denver Ammerman, Fallentimber, 1979 Ford Lariat Pick-up truck; third, Richard Yarger, West Decatur, 1984 Chevy El Camino.
Class L: All modified trucks: first, Sonny Taylor, Philipsburg, 1950 Chevy Van; second, Carl Narehood, Karthaus, 1952 Chevy Truck 3100; third, Chris Wood, Northern Cambria, 1953 Ford Pick-up truck.
Class M: Street rods through 1948: first, Walter Fontanella, Irvona, 1946 Ford Coupe.
Class N: All modified cars 1949-1968: first, Joe and Sharon Boyer, Belsano, 1955 Chevy 210 Gasser; second, Dave Stiles, Ebensburg, 1966 Chevy Chevelle; third, Dwayne Campbell, Homer City, 1965 Ford Galaxie.
Class O: All modified cars 1969-1988: first, Jeff and Peggy McCully, Curwensville, 1970 Chevy Chevelle; third, Jim Bennett, Port Matilda, 1979 VW Roadster.
Class P: All modified cars 1989-present: first, Brett Kuhn, Coalport, 1999 Plymouth Neon; second, Chick Sunderland, Curwensville, 2000 Corvette Coupe.
Class Q: Farm Tractors: first, Mark Coon, Clearfield, 1954 Speedex
Class R: ATV and UTV: first, Don Sewalish, Bakerton, 1986 Honda ATC 250R; second, Marc Whetstone Jr., Irvona, 1998 Yamaha Banshee.
Class S: All commercial vehicles: first, John Weakland, Coalport, 2006 Freightliner Tri-Axle Class T: Import Vehicles: first, Angel Hockenberry, Coalport, 1974 Volkswagen Beetle; second, Alice Brady, Fallentimber, 1986 Jaguar Vanber Plas; third, Brian Salvetti, Altoona, 1990 Nissan 300 ZXTT