LIMA —The weather finally cleared, the sun was out and a cool breeze was blowing across the parking lot Sunday afternoon during the 10th annual Charity Car Show. The event, held for the third time at the Lima Chevrolet Cadillac dealership on Cable Road, brought in an estimated 300 cars varying greatly in size, color and age.
“After two weeks of rain, how could we luck out,” said Ron Meihls of Ottawa, who was displaying his 1984 Chevy Monte Carlo.
The show raises money through the $10 registration fee, a 50/50 raffle and merchandise on sale. All proceeds are donated to local charities by Andy Maravola and John Waller, event co-chairmen. Approximately $6,500 was raised during this year’s Charity Car Show.
Owning a car and displaying the car brings about a camaraderie between self-described “car people.”
Bob Montgomery of Lima, holds monthly breakfasts with “car guys” coming to his residence.
“We all bond,” said Montgomery. “I have made a lot of friends. It’s been a lot of fun to do, sharing with my friends. That is what makes it wonderful.”
There was food, music and vendors completing the ambiance of the day, which was “perfect,” according to participants. The number of spectators more than doubled the amount of cars on display, and the ages of the spectators ranged from infants to great-grandparents.
“It’s a perfect day today,” said Emily Jones of Lima. “My husband, Mike, is going down memory lane saying he had one of those, he had one of those. It’s nice coming out and enjoying the scenery.”
Other spectators were getting ideas for their vintage vehicle that was not quite done yet. Steve Hall, of Lima was looking under the hood of several 1960s trucks.
“I have five old trucks. None of them are at the point to bring them to a car show yet. I enjoy just seeing what other people have done on theirs and it gives me ideas that I can do on mine,” said Hall.
For others, the car show was a way of paying tribute to their deceased loved ones. The Swygart family brought a 1966 Plymouth Satellite that had been owned by Harold Sywgart, who died May 29.
“He had it for at least 25 years,” said Tony Swygart, his son.
Maravola acknowledged the kindness of the dealership for letting them use the lot, as well thanking the volunteers and sponsors that help bring the car show so much success.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.