With 2018 Big Saturday Car Show, Millsboro Cruizers reach charitable milestone

MILLSBORO — On what proved to be a rainy day, Cordrey Field across from Millsboro Middle School was a beehive of activity last Saturday.

It’s where Millsboro Cruizers Car Club members staged their annual Big Saturday Car Show, one that is for the milestone record book.

With the Saturday, Aug. 11 show, the Millsboro Cruizers, which formed in 2004, reached a six-figure charity plateau.

“With this particular show today, we have reached a $100,000 milestone – $100,000 of charitable giving,” said George “Rusty” Rust III, a club founder.

Dash plaques, goodie bags, a wave of door prizes, top 50 trophies and several specialty awards were in the offing for entrants in the show.

There also was the show’s traditional live auction as organizers kept a watchful on eye on the weather radar.

The show lured Brian Campbell with his bright orange and black 2014 Dodge Challenger RT Blacktop.

“This is my first time at this show. I came with my friend,” said Mr. Campbell, who lives in Salisbury and works at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility.

Lady hot-rod lovers, like Wanda Schroll of Milton, were there, too. She has a 1956 Bel Air she has owned for 18 years. Except for the paint job that is original, it has been fully restored by her husband Jake, whose 1968 Camaro flanked her Bel Air.

“We’re both car lovers. I grew up with two older brothers. They liked cars. And I got to like cars. Whenever I dated someone he had to have kind of a neat car …” said Ms. Schroll. “I told my husband I wanted to buy a car because my son-in-law has a 1969 Camaro. When I went with him to a show I said, ‘I’ve got to do this. If you see a ’56 let me know.’”

When the call came, they ventured to southern Maryland.

“We both retired from General Motors, so we kind of know cars. I said want to look at it. The guy wouldn’t let me drive it. He let my husband drive it, but I was buying it. We drove it and he said, ‘You know honey it’s got a lot (of work) to do, but I’ll do it if you want it,’” said Ms. Schroll. “We started going to shows and I met so many people that I went to school with and he went to school with. It was just like a reunion type of thing or meeting everybody.”

Eventually, husband Jake got a classic car — the ’68 Camaro.

‘I was tired of him being a backseat driver,” Ms. Schroll said. “I told him you’re getting car. So, I bought him one for his birthday.”

Mr. Campbell’s Challenger RT is one of just nine from that year. “I know one person who lives in California who has another one. I met them online,” he said.

He’s added a performance chip, which increased the power and gas mileage from 24 to about 28 miles per gallon.

“It’s my first muscle car. I’ve had classic Dodges before, but they were just like dodge Intrepids, that type of stuff. I grew up in Pennsylvania, so I grew up going to car shows with my stepfather, who has got a ’69 Mach I Mustang. Car shows are in my blood. I wanted something modern. This is my mid-life crisis purchase when I was 40, and that was four years ago. So, when I’m 50 I’ll probably get a classic one for my birthday.”

Augmenting the car show and live auction were music provided by disc jockey Mike Smith and crafts and food vendors.

The Millsboro Cruisers show doubles as a reunion for many and for others a chance to meet and make new friends.

“I come to car shows because it’s cool to look at the cars,” Mr. Campbell said. “I don’t care if I win a trophy or not, I just like coming and talking to people about cars — and get ideas for my car. If I win it’s a bonus. But I don’t go home upset if I don’t. The car show crowd is a good group of people. There are so many varied interests.”

The mission of the Millsboro Cruizers is to have a fun show and restock the pot for charitable giving. This year’s beneficiaries include Delaware Hospice, the Home of the Brave II women’s facility in Milford and local Boy Scout troop. Several other organizations may also benefit, Mr. Rust said.

The club’s annual show has been staged on property owned by Richard Cordrey for the past several years.

“This is Cordrey Field, and this is an awesome place to have a show,” said Mr. Rust. “Richard is very nice in donating the property for us to use for this event.”

There were 114 cars registered for judging plus 15 of Cruizer members.

Rain arrived during live auction.

“A lot of the people stayed,” said Millsboro Cruizers member Joan Rice, noting the auction raised over $2,640 even with the rain. “With people like that is how we are able to give away what we do.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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