Love of Cars

PARKERSBURG – It was the love of cars that brought many people out to City Park on Sunday for the Mid-Ohio Valley Widetrackers annual car show.

The show, which is held annually on the first Sunday in June, was put on by the antique automobile club in conjunction with Astorg’s at Lakeview and featured over 100 automobiles.

The show featured a variety of cars, including muscle cars, antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and more, said event co-organizer and past Widetrackers Club President Larry Sulfridge. The show is open to anyone who is willing to come down and participate.

“What most people enjoy is they had a car like one here in the past,” Sulfridge said. “They rode in one, dated in one or they enjoyed a car from their past.”

Shows like Sunday’s event appeal to a wide range of people, from people interested in working on cars to people who appreciate certain makes and models whether young or old, he said.

“What you got is an event that can bring younger and older people together,” Sulfridge said. “Car people are nuts about their cars, but they enjoy talking about their cars.

“It makes for a good event, the kind of event that America needs to have, unity among our people. These are the kind of events that make people happy. We need that these days,” he said.

Calhoun County residents Lisa and Tim Snider brought out their 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner to Sunday’s event.

“We just enjoy coming to the shows,” Lisa Snider said. “We travelled 45 miles to come here.”

They attend numerous shows throughout the year. Although they were just getting started Sunday, a number of people had already come by.

“We have had several look” at their Roadrunner, Tim Snider said.

It is the color, Sassy Grass Green, that gets people’s attention, Lisa Sinder added.

“With our car, they love the color,” she said. “You don’t see that many Roadrunners in our area.”

There are a lot of people who enjoy talking about old cars, Lisa Snider said.

“A lot of it is being friendly,” she said. “We have had a lot of people tell us, ‘I remember those.’

“It is something they remember from when they were younger.”

The MOV Widetrackers is an antique automobile club. The car shows are open to all makes and models. The club meets monthly and holds cruise-ins and car shows throughout the year, often as fundraisers for local programs and organizations.

Money from the club’s shows have gone to the Salvation Army, Angel Tree, the Boy Scouts, returning veterans, people who have had organ transplants, needy families, local food pantries and more.

“We do this for the community and the people who come get the satisfaction that they are helping out the community,” Sulfridge said. “Their donations are used to help people who are in need.”

It is the community involvement that keeps Bill Schofield of Parkersburg coming to the shows. He was showing his black 1967 Cadillac DeVille on Sunday.

“It is always for a good cause,” he said.

Many cars bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people.

“They always have a story,” Schofield said. “Their dad owned one just like it or they learned to drive on it.

“They just appreciate old original vehicles.”

Fred Hanson, of Marietta, was at City Park for a family event Sunday when they noticed the car show and decided to check it out.

“We are all here walking around looking at the cars,” he said. “I am interested in cars, boats and motorcycles.

“Wherever they are, that is where I will go.”

People can see how cars have developed over the years and the work people put into them.

“I am 77 years old and I can remember back to the days when a lot of these cars were new,” Hanson said. “Just looking at the transition between the 60s and 70s and now with the 2014 cars, it is unbelievable.”

People love vintage cars, the type that many do not see that much anymore.

“I like these cars better,” Hanson said.

As part of Sunday’s event, the Widetrackers club honored one of its own.

“This show is being dedicated to the principal (of Blennerhassett Middle School) who passed away, Jim Hostottle,” Sulfridge said. “He was a member with us for 14 years.”

The club presented Hostottle’s wife and son, Cheryl and Ian, with a special plaque honoring him.