Cape Gazette

Winners drive away with CHEER car show trophies

Event raises money for local Meals on Wheels
By Henry J. Evans Jr. | Jul 18, 2013
Photo by: Henry J. Evans Jr. Rob Danzi's 1953 Willys Jeep received Best In Show for a Sussex County owner. The Willys Jeep gained fame during World War II for its ability to be driven through nearly any terrain.

Georgetown — Once again cars have raised money for Meals on Wheels at the third annual Wheels for Meals International Car Show at the Georgetown CHEER Community Center.

Walt Koopman, car show co-organizer, said the June 29 event continues to draw both car enthusiasts and Meals on Wheels supporters.

Meals on Wheels in Georgetown delivers nutritious meals to more than 900 people in the area who have difficulty preparing food or are unable to leave home to buy food because of illness or frailty.

Florence Mason, Georgetown CHEER center nutritional program director and car show co-organizer, received a trophy in recognition of her dedication and support in putting the show together for the past three years.

“This year, she lost a 46-year-old daughter, Koopman said, adding parents don’t expect to bury their children as Mason tearfully accepted her award. Mason’s daughter Arlene succumbed after fighting cancer.

Koopman, at press time, said show officials are still tallying how money the show raised.

Mason and the show’s top finishers received laser-etched crystal trophies.

Bob Danzi of Selbyville won Best in Show, Sussex County owner, for his 1953 Willys Jeep pickup.

Richard Webb of Milford, took Best in Show for an owner from outside the county with his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

Marvin McFalls drove his Chevrolet Super Sport more than 600 miles from Knoxville, Tenn., to take the trophy for traveling the longest distance.

John Vogler, representing Kirk Gibson of Harrisburg, Pa., owner of the oldest vehicle, accepted the trophy on Gibson’s behalf for his 1897 French-built De Dion-Bouton tricycle.

This 1953 Willys Jeep pickup owned by Rob Danzi,  earned the Best in Show trophy for a Sussex County car owner. (Photo by: Rich Taylor/CHEER)
Richard Webb's 53-year-old Chevrolet Corvette convertible won Best in Show for a car owner from outside Sussex County. Webb's Corvette is one of 300 hand-built models made in 1953, the car's first model year. Shown with Webb is Rep. Dave Wilson,( R-Bridgeville). (Photo by: Henry J. Evans Jr.)
This 1953 Chevrolet Corvette won the Best in Show trophy for owner Richard Webb of Milford.  In 1953, the Corvette's first model year, General Motors built its Corvettes by hand. (Photo by: Rich Taylor/CHEER)
Marvin McFalls motored his classic Chevy Super Sport from Knoxville, Tenn., to Georgetown, to win the trophy for longest distance traveled by an entrant. Arlene Littleton, Georgetown CHEER executive director is shown with McFall. (Photo by: Henry J. Evans Jr.)
John Vogler accepted the trophy for Kirk Gibson, owner of the oldest vehicle in the show. Valued at an estimated $500,000, Gibson's 1897 De Dion-Bouton tricycle still runs at speeds up to 30 mph. Shown with Vogler is John Weidenhof, president of Sussex County Chapter No.1 Korean War Veterans of America, a car show sponsor. (Photo by: Henry J. Evans Jr.)
Walt Koopman, car show co-organizer, gives a trophy to fellow show organizer Florence Mason. Koopman said putting the show together for the past three years wouldn't have been possible  without help from Mason and many other volunteers. (Photo by: Rich Taylor/CHEER)
Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.