HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne Township-Huber Heights Historical Society held their Sixth Annual Independence Day Car Show on July 4 at Cloud Park.
“It was a perfect day for the show, beautiful weather and some awesome cars and trucks showed up for the event,” said Pat Stephens, President of the Wayne Township-Huber Heights Historical Society.
This year the show was judged a little different. Instead of having judges that rated the cars for their paint job, uniqueness, interior, engine,etc., as in the past, this year the sponsors were judges and some selected a car that appealed to them while others looked at how much work was put into making them street ready. Many of the cars were modified and a few of them were mostly original. Some of the older cars were previously owned by a father or grandfather and were handed down. Others were saved from demolition and updated.
The Society had wonderful sponsors that were excited to hear a trophy would be in their names and selecting that special car was fun but also a challenge, according to Stephens. The judges were seen going back several times trying to decide between two or three entries that were so close in what they wanted to award the coveted Taylorsville Inn Brick. The Taylorsville Inn sat along Taylorsville Road and was a stop for the canal that ran along the river. The Inn burned down in 2005 and the Society was fortunate to obtain some of the bricks.
“We have used the bricks for awards and trophy’s that have a plaque with a drawing of the Inn on the side,” said Stephens.
Circuits & Cables was the Event Sponsor and a representative from their company chose a beautiful blue 1964 Chevy Impala SS owned by Larry Martin.
Micki Dudas with Gold Sponsor AAA, really liked the 1970 Mercury Eliminator/Cougar with a beautiful Comp Gold paint job.
“The truth is that Micki wanted to take it home –the owner, Chris Hassell, said no,” according to Stephens.
The Silver Sponsors began with Jerry McElroy, of Castle Roofing. He spent a lot of time picking that special car, and chose a very nice black 1956 Chevy Sedan Delivery vehicle owned by Victor and Susan Leiter.
“Susan was thrilled with the award,” said Stephens.
State Farm Insurance Agent Ronnie Redd fell in love with a pretty 1968 Maroon, Chevy Camaro owned by Matt Blair, according to Stephens.
Mark Campbell, owner of Wayside Collision, had his two sons help with the decision. Stephens said they made a good one by awarding it to Burk Rupat for his 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with a beautiful paint job in black and jade.
Rodney Helton received the award from Gregg Montgomery, son of “Ohio” George Montgomery-owner of George’s Speed Shop, for a shiny red 1950 Ford truck.
Jeff Bonham Electric elected Pat Stephens to select for him and Tim Gitzinger received the award for his 1967 Lt. Blue Chevy C-10 pickup that has been in the family since it was new.
Retro Mania’s award went to Donnie Stroup who brought in a Green Patina 1952 GMC Truck that was really retro.
Terry Walton, owner of Walton Construction, gave his award to Ray Cates for a 1961 Ford Starliner in a beautiful red.
A 2011 Chevy Grand Sport, owned by Frank Miller, received the award from Kirkwood Heating & Cooling by owner Brad Kirkwood.
The Wayne Sporting Goods award went to Chuck Loyd for “his really nice 1932 Ford Sedan that he has owned from the time he was in high school,” said Stephens.
“We were pleased to have awards from our city divisions,” said Stephens.
Fire Chief Mark Ashworth gave the fire division award to David Zornes and his beautiful Canary Yellow 1955 Chevy 210.
Police Chief Mark Lightner was running around trying to decide between a couple cars and finally chose Michael Moore’s Artic White, 1997 Chevy C5 Corvette.
The Mayors award, presented by Karen Kaleps, went to Donnie Blair and his 1965 Chevy Impala in bright red.
“Thanks to all our sponsors and the wonderful entrants for this year’s show,” said Stephens. “Some of the sponsors were unable to stay for the awards and those were presented by members of the Wayne Township-Huber Heights Historical Society. It was a great event this year and the society board is making notes for 2016.”
Stephens encouraged the public to participate with the society on Oct. 31 for their Fourth Annual Spooktacular Cruise In at the Huber Center.
Proceeds from these events benefit the Shearer Cemetery Restoration Project. Check out the cemetery located on Fishburg Road across from the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation.
For more information on The Wayne Township-Huber Heights Historical Society, check out their website at www.huberhistory.org or like them on Facebook/huberhistory, or contact Pat Stephens at (937) 974-5286.