Event to show off antique cars

Locals will feast their eyes on some fascinating vehicles of the past during the 51st annual Williamsport Antique Auto Show, which will be held July 20 in the quad of the Lycoming College.

About 120 classic cars and trucks will be on display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vehicle registration will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Any vehicle in an original or restored condition, manufactured in 1988 or before, is eligible for entry. The event is sponsored by the Susquehannock Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, but car owners do not need to be a club member to participate.

“We love anything with an engine, but our focus is really on the preserved or restored cars. We want them to be manufactured by a recognized auto company. We don’t mind if they’re slightly modified but for this show we’re really seeking preserved heritage cars,” said Earl Mowrey, chairman of the auto club.

This year’s show will feature a 1930 DuPont on loan from the Antique Auto Museum in Hersey. DuPont first began producing cars in 1919 and ultimately created 500 vehicles. They created 200 of the model which will be featured at the car show. According to Mowrey, this vehicle is one of only 28 left in existence.

“DuPont decided to start building autos after WWI. They had been supplying ammunition and were afraid of losing their market share from the sale of armaments. The one we have is one of the very last cars they produced,” Mowrey said.

The classic car, which runs an eight-cylinder Continental engine, was donated to the museum. However, the vehicle requires some restoration in order to get it up to museum quality. Members of the Williamsport chapter of the Antique Automobile Club, in conjuncture with the antique auto restoration program at Lycoming College, were happy to offer its services.

“We’re going to be doing some modest restoration, and partially disassemble the car. But we hope to have it all put back together before the show,” Mowrey said.

Members of the club have been on the advisory board for the college’s antique car restoration program for several years now.

“Our local club has been part of that program since it began, and now the college is offering an associate’s degree in antique auto restoration,” Mowrey said.

“We work on museum cars, rather than private cars. We purchase all the parts ourselves and donate our labor, then give them back to the museums,” he added.

This exchange allows club members and students to work on museum quality vehicles that they may otherwise never come into contact with, he explained. And passing along a love of antique vehicles directly is in line with the club’s ideals.

“We really hope to get the younger generation excited about antique vehicle restoration,” Mowrey said.

During the car show, a selection of children’s pedal cars also will be on display.

Kids can have even more fun if they choose to participate in the Hagarty Youth Judges program, which teaches children how to judge cars and gives them the opportunity to evaluate a select group of antique vehicles.

“We teach the kids how to judge the cars and give them hats, t-shirts and ice cream. It lets them learn a little bit more about the cars and get involved in the show,” Mowrey said.

Awards will be given in 11 classes, along with a Best of Show trophy, the Williamsport Mayor’s Choice award, and the North Pen AAA award. All awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

Guests will be able to purchase a light lunch and drinks from the Warrensville Lion’s Club. Those who wish for a more hearty meal are encouraged to stay for the banquet which will be held in the Wertz Building on campus immediately after the judging.