300 vehicles to compete CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

August 16, 1993|By CINDY PARR

VROOM! VROOM! Attention, all car and truck enthusiasts.

Get ready to oooh and ahhhhh this weekend when the Reese Fire Department presents its first car and truck show.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., hundreds of finely tuned and honed pieces of four-wheeled machinery will be on display at the Reese carnival grounds.

The show is free. Anyone who enters a vehicle in the competition will be charged $8.

Melvin Rippeon, auto and truck show coordinator, said more than 300 vehicles in 21 classes will compete.

"We are going to have all kinds of cars and trucks on display and being judged at this show," Mr. Rippeon said. "There will be race cars, trucks, antique trucks, dump trucks, fire trucks and four-by-fours, to name a few."

Mr. Rippeon said that while many of the competing cars and trucks will come from surrounding states, some local racing talent also will participate in the show.

Longtime racer Lenny Davis will display his blue and silver, eight-second alcohol dragster.

Mr. Davis' dragster will be one of four featured cars on display throughout the day.

The 42-year-old Westminster resident, who has been racing for 25 years, shares ownership of the car with his brothers Cedric and Lee.

The threesome race their dragster under the sponsorship of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence in Herndon, Va.

"We do a lot of drag racing during the course of the year," Mr. Davis said. "We race on the East Coast and out to the Midwest. During the year, we participate in six national competitions, six divisional races, two national open invitationals and 12 circuit races which take place throughout the mid-Atlantic states. It's a pretty busy schedule. I spend a lot of my weekends racing."

While Mr. Davis will not race his dragster this weekend, he will take time out to enjoy competing with other dragsters and promoting racing.

"I wanted to participate in this event because in my opinion there is not enough exposure or recognition for area guys in car racing," Mr. Davis said. "There are a lot of people in this area that have been racing for a long time. They have put a lot of time and money into their cars. These car shows give people the chance to come out and see what they have done with their cars."

Registration for competing participants will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 11 a.m.

Judging will begin at noon. Trophies for first, second and third place will be awarded for each class, and prizes will be awarded to the best car and truck in the show. Radio station WTTR will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon with a live remote.

Musical entertainment will follow WTTR from noon to 5 p.m.

Food and refreshments also will be for sale.

Information: 848-7172.

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How would you like to make a few bucks on those quality children's clothes and toys that you have around your home?

The GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Westminster can help.

On Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the club will hold a Kids' Consignment Sale at First United Presbyterian Church on Washington Road in Westminster.

To make the sale a success, the club needs people to donate a variety of children's items.

Consigners will earn 60 percent of the sale price, while 40 percent will be donated to Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. to aid programs geared toward the prevention of child abuse.

Because children's items in the best condition are most in demand, only high-quality clothes, toys and equipment will be accepted.

Children's school and dress clothes, snowsuits, coats, winter boots, accessories, car seats, portable cribs, baby swings, strollers, jump-ups, booster seats, cribs, Fisher Price and Little Tykes toys, books, puzzles (include all pieces), games (no board games), and outdoor play equipment are being sought for the sale.

Items can be left at the church from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 16.

For information, call 857-1047.

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