LIMA — The cars were the stars at the ninth annual Westgate Charity Car Show on Sunday.
The event, held for the second time at the Lima Chevrolet Cadillac dealership on Cable Road, brought in an estimated 300 cars ranging in size, color and age. The show raised more than $6,500, which will go to local charities. The money is raised with a $10 car registration fee, a 50/50 raffle and merchandise on sale.
Steve Terry, of Lima, enjoyed looking at the vehicles and wishing he had one in the show.
“I wish; I’m drooling. There are a lot of newer vehicles here too,” Terry said. “Ever since the automobile came to be, it’s been a big part of American life. It’s neat to see where they were to where they are now.”
There were people of all ages at the car show enjoying the weather and the beautiful cars.
Rick Evans, of Mendon, brought his grandson, 10-year-old Hunter Evans, of Minster, to the car show.
“This is the first time I have ever been here. It’s great. This is a good one,” Evans said.
The car show had more going on than just beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles to view. At noon, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 89, of Lima posted the colors, Richie Crouch performed as Elvis from 2 to 3 p.m. Jeff Davis opened up for him, and DJ Old Skool spun tunes. Barney Fife walked the car show looking at the cars, although he wasn’t handing out any tickets.
“John (Waller) and I work hard on this. People are happy, and you can see a lot of camaraderie,” said event co-chair Andy Maravola.
The car show gave away more than 100 awards, which helps in drawing different cars to the event.
“We had a real selection of old and new cars, which ran the whole gamut,” Maravola said.
John Flynn of Lima brought his 1970 Pontiac GTO but was enjoying looking at everyone else’s cars.
“I’m having a good time,” he said.
While some cars are brought out only on good days, others are daily drivers, or at least driving whenever they want to drive them.
Paul Lyons, of Coldwater, brought his 1939 Pontiac Business Coupe to the car show. His father-in-law put it together, and Lyons has owned it for three years.
“We go to places we have never been before and meet new people. We drive it all the time,” Lyons said.
Car owners appreciate and respect all of the vehicles at the show, whether the car is stripped down and in primer or completely restored.
“I appreciate guys that work their butt off (on their cars). I am impressed with sweat and blood on these cars,” said Dan Fifer, of Lima.
Not only do the cars take a long time to put together, the car show does too. Maravola and Waller, along with some of their volunteers, will get together and start planning next year’s Westgate Charity Car Show in the very near future.
“Next year will be our 10th annual show, and it will be bigger and better,” Maravola said.
Maravola acknowledged the kindness of the dealership.
“I would like to thank Mr. (Rodger) McClain and Mr. (Bill) Timmermeister for giving us the venue,” he said.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.