Auto buffs can behold 200 dazzlers

August 20, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

They just don't make them the way they used to.

But you can see how they made them way back when at the National Capitol Regional Chapter of the Early Ford V-8 Club's parts swap meet, flea market and car show tomorrow and Sunday at the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department carnival grounds, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road.

Car buffs will be able to see street rods, customs, and antique and classic autos from pre-1930 to the present. About 200 cars from Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania and Virginia are expected for the show, said John L. Grimm, organizer for this third annual Carroll County event.

Admission and parking are free.

Besides admiring the cars, visitors might also find a part for their own special car at the parts swap and flea market, where several parts specialists will have items for sale.

Other flea market vendors will sell a variety of goods. The Fire Department will serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch for the remainder of the day.

Most of the participating cars will arrive between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., with the show running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday's show is for street rods and custom cars. Sunday is reserved for antiques and classics.

"We'll have judging and awards in five classes both days: pre-1930, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and from the 1960s onward," Mr. Grimm said. "We'll give first-, second- and third-place plaques in each class."

Owners of registered vehicles will vote for their favorite cars in all classes but their own. A representative from C&A Automotive in Eldersburg will present a sponsor's choice trophy each day. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

In case you're not sure of the difference between street rods, customs, classics and antique cars, Mr. Grimm explains.

"A street rod is an older car that has been modified a great deal mechanically with a racing engine, big tires, that sort of thing," he said. "A custom car has had a lot of modified body work done for looks rather than speed.

"An antique car, technically, is anything 25 years old or older and should be restored as original instead of modified. Classics are certain cars that are recognized as classics because of their design or something significantly important in their design."

The nostalgia bug has bitten the antique car industry hard, Mr. Grimm said. The Early Ford V-8 Club, originally formed for people who own Fords built between 1932 and 1953 with flathead V-8 engines, has 134 chapters and 8,000 members nationwide.

"The flathead V-8 engine was called a flathead because it didn't have overhead valves," he explained. "The valves were in the engine block."

Mr. Grimm owns a 1969 Ford Torino. The Torino is a model that hasn't been made for years but is hardly forgotten.

"There's a Fairlane and Torino Club just for those cars," he said.

Parts for such cars is an industry in itself. Specialists deal in new, used and reproduction parts that range from screws for body panels to entire engines.

"You can practically build a whole [classic] Mustang from new parts, that's how popular it's getting," Mr. Grimm said.

Although the club is called the Early Ford V-8 Club, other auto makes will be at the show. And you don't have to be a member of the club to show your car. Just show up at Winfield, pay the $7 registration fee and park your car.

The first 100 cars registered each day get a bronze -- plaque, and 250 goody bags will be handed out to registered participants.

Do you have a car to sell? You can put it in the car corral for $15. Flea market or other vendor spaces also are $15.

For information about the club or registration for the show, call Mr. Grimm at 795-8457, or Dick Fisher at (410) 850-8598.

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