Muscle cars, hot rods headline show


Times-Shamrock Writer


BENTON TWP. – Crouching alongside a baby blue micro car, 8-year-old Nathan Walker extended his arms and gripped an imaginary steering wheel – envisioning himself driving the 1957 Goggomobil coupe.

“I could probably drive it,” said Nathan, who lives in Dalton. “It’s the perfect size.”

Colorful hot rods and antique cars littered the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company grounds on Sunday for the ninth annual Calli Memorial Car Show.

Hundreds of car enthusiasts snapped photos and traded stories, detailing their vehicle’s history and discussing renovation projects. Others snacked on appetizers and enjoyed live music.

Organized by Jeff and Vicki Walter, the annual car show began shortly after their 4-year-old daughter, Calli, died from leukemia.

The fundraiser sends about $5,000 of its proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“Every year it keeps growing,” said Ms. Walter as she surveyed the dozens of cars parked on the lawn. “A lot depends on the weather, but this community has been so supportive.”

Seated next to his family’s refurbished golf cart, 12-year-old Michael Seechock ran his fingers along the flames painted over the cart’s blue coating.

He drives the cart around his Dalton neighborhood and recently convinced his father to enter it into the car show, Michael said.

“I know it’s going to win, because it’s so creative,” he said. “I haven’t seen another one of these anywhere.”

IN PHOTO: Car collector John Lee, 71, of Tunkhannock, proudly stands next to his 1969 King Midget car during Sunday’s car show. Only 5,000 of the vehicles were made. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/BUTCH COMEGYS TT01CAR_P2