Friday, September 20, 2013

20th annual Windham Car Show big turnout - By Rob McClure

If you missed the 20th Annual Windham/Raymond Athletic Boosters Car Show on September 15, you missed an automotive treat. Every year the Athletic Boosters put on a car show that dazzles the public. And this year was no exception; a huge success with plenty of sunshine, endless raffles, good food and DJ music. 

The 2013 Windham/Raymond Athletic Boosters Car Show was held on the grounds behind the Windham Mall, where over 300 vehicles were on display with somewhere around 500 spectators in attendance. According to this year’s traffic director, Dave Gallagher, the turnout was, “twice as high as last year’s event.”

The car show did not just feature classic cars; there were plenty of vehicles representing a wide variety of styles and eras from Rolls Royce to classic muscle cars. And, muscle cars weren’t the only vehicles that amazed onlookers. The show was open for any and every type of transportation including motorcycles. 

Folks from all over Maine and New Hampshire came to show off their beloved vehicles. No matter where your eyes drifted, there was something to see. The combination of people and cars at the show made this event remarkable. It seemed every car had a story and every owner was willing to talk to anyone willing to lend an ear. You could hear total strangers swapping stories and information about each vehicle while walking around them with admiration. Everyone there, no matter what the age or background, was all brought together by a love for these marvelous machines. 

“Some of the older guys don’t appreciate the newer cars,” according to car show veteran Kevin Lehouillier of Saco. Kevin’s custom built turbo charged 400 horsepower 1995 Acura took second place in the compact sport division this year, down from first place the last two years. And what about those skeptics who don’t admire newer models? Kevin said it’s best to educate them by “pulling away from them.” Kevin and his Acura have won over 30 trophies in several states.

On the opposite side of the grounds was a bright red 1946 Dodge oil truck owned by 78-year-old Don Rich of Windham. Don took third place in the antique truck division with his freshly restored company truck. “It was restored for all the customers who supported us over the years,” said Don. It may have been Don’s first entry in the car show, but he’s no newcomer, he founded his company in 1959, when oil was just 11 cents per gallon and his story could fill a novel. 

Twenty-seven categories were recognized with awards at the show. Trophies and prizes were handed out by the Windham High School varsity cheerleaders. This year’s coveted “Frank Jimino/Lorraine Jordan Best of Show” award went to Sherrie and Tim Burr of Falmouth for their mint 1939 Chevrolet 2-door Town Coup. The Burr’s also won best in class, walking away with not one, but two trophies.

This year’s other winners were the athletes of RSU 14. Proceeds from the show go to providing the students with equipment and an endowment fund that there isn’t room for in the athletic budget.
“It takes lots of volunteers to pull this off,” said founding chair member Lorraine Jordan.

This year’s event was coordinated by Don McGowan and Debra Schkrioba.  

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