Colleges Against Cancer holds Cars for a Cause

Posted: March 28, 2014

The Winchester Star

1939 Lincoln Zephyr

Winchester — As far as options for fighting cancer go, Ted Morgan considers looking at pretty cars an entertaining choice.

The fourth annual Cars for a Cause Nostalgic Car Show is expected to bring more than 100 classic, custom, and other cars to Winchester for a nice day out for car enthusiasts and families, said Ted Morgan, president of the Hoppers Auto Club.

The auto club and Shenandoah University’s Colleges Against Cancer club will once again team up to host the event, which benefits the Relay for Life of Shenandoah University.

“It is a fun way for the public to spend the day looking at the cars,” said Morgan, of Martinsburg, W.Va. “Some of them bring back memories of cars people used to have. Some of them are cars people want to have.”

The day begins with a special indoor car show that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m in the old Armory building on Millwood Avenue. An outdoor show open to any car will run from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre with registration from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is free and open to the public. There is a $10 fee per car to enter the outdoor show.

The car show is a “crazy successful” fundraiser that last year brought in $16,120 for Relay for Life, said Shelby DeHaven, president of the Colleges Against Cancer chapter at SU and co-chair of the event. While she is not a car enthusiast, even she was impressed with the turnout and excitement the show brings.

“It was very cheerful and upbeat. It’s a good time. They have oldies music playing, and everybody is just looking around at all the pretty cars,” said DeHaven, 20, a junior mass communications and political science major.

About four years ago, Debbie Boyce, who works at the SU Bookstore, and Marie Clary, a student and the president of Colleges Against Cancer, approached the auto club about putting on a classic car show to benefit Relay for Life, DeHaven said.

To date, the show has raised about $35,000 for the cause, Morgan said.

The indoor show is invitation only, with 18 cars valued at anywhere from $25,000 to $175,000, Morgan said. “There will be over $1 million worth of cars inside the armory.”

The feature car is a shiny purple 1939 Lincoln Zephyr that won best custom car at the fifth annual Car Show and Swap Meet earlier this month in Washington, D.C., he said.

Other stand-out cars include a 1934 Plymouth Sedan, 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, 1932 Chevy Roadster Street Rod, and 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, Morgan said. “For car guys and girls, there are some nice vehicles going into the indoor show.”

The outside display draws a wide variety of car enthusiasts wanting to show off their hot rods, pickup trucks, show cars, and more, he said. With good weather, the show can draw upwards of 130 cars.

There is a great deal of camaraderie between the car owners, many of whom know each other from different shows and like talking about their vehicles with other people, he said. “They like them for fun and to drive, but they also built them to show them off.”

Other activities throughout the day will include a Chinese auction, a bake sale, a 50-50 raffle, door prizes, and the Virginia Giant Monster Truck on display, DeHaven said.

Sodexo, which is responsible for the campus’ catering, will also sell concessions, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, and drinks, with part of the proceeds going to the event total.

“It’s all benefiting a great cause. The American Cancer Society does a lot for researching and helping cancer patients,” she said.

Information

The fourth annual Cars for a Cause Nostalgic Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the old Armory building on Millwood Avenue. An outdoor show will run from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. Admission to the event is free. There is a $10 fee per car to enter the outdoor show. The rain date is Sunday.

For more information, contact Ted Morgan at 304-261-1303.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com