LIMA — Dozens of motorcycles and classic cars filled the lot at the Lima Harley-Davidson dealership Saturday afternoon for the first-ever “American Classics” bike and car show.
Despite temperatures in the 90s, car and bike enthusiasts were glad to get out amid the level three COVID-19 pandemic.
“People were just coming out because COVID-19 has affected everybody’s lives and this gives them something to do, you know, keep your social distancing,” said Richie Crouch, organizer of the event. “We’re trying to run a good car show, you do your job, and we’ll do our job.”
While it’s not required to wear masks while outside and social distancing, very few were wearing those masks.
“Here’s my thing. You know, I wear it inside, but it’s their choice. I know, they’re stating we’re on a level three. We’re trying to keep six feet, but we’ve had no problems and there was never a mention to cancel it,” Crouch said.
Part of the proceeds of the “American Classics” event go to help The Church at Allentown’s food pantry.
“My wife works for the food pantry and she came up with the idea to give some proceeds back to them because we were feeding the hungry. Fifty percent of the proceeds are going towards the church,” Crouch said.
The other 50% is going to help a long-time friend, Russ Reesor, who, along with Crouch started the King Car Show a few years ago. Reesor is in poor health.
“He’s not in good condition at all,” said Dan Fifer, also a long-time friend of Reesor. “Me and him did my car together. We coached sports together and everything else and my kids think of him as a second dad. He’s a good guy. He’d do anything in the world for anybody. He’d drop everything he’s doing just to help people out. That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s gonna be sadly missed when he does go.”
The American Classic bike and car show featured prizes for the top 20 cars and the top five motorcycles.
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