FORTY FORT — If the 11 original members of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Antique Car Club held onto the what they drove when they first started out in the late ’50s, those cars surely would be classics.
The group later became the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, holding its first show in 1961. It will hold its 53rd annual show this Sunday at the Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort.
It will be the first time the club will be at the airport, and Mike Sawczuk, club secretary, is looking for a soft landing.
“We’re kind of happy to get back on the grass,” Sawczuk of Nanticoke said.
For the past 12 years it was held at the Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, and it made for a long day walking on the pavement for the show that runs from morning to late afternoon. Prior to that, the show used to be held on the grass at Ralston Field in Wilkes-Barre.
“This is the longest-running car show in the valley,” Sawczuk said.
Rain or shine, and preferably shine, the show goes on during the first weekend in June. Already 50 to 60 vehicles have preregistered. The turnout could be as high as 200. Most of the entries for the 31 different classes sign up on the day of show, Sawczuk said.
But just how many really is up in the air. “Everything depends upon the weather,” Sawczuk said.
Still to determined is whether Bernie Boback will enter his 1931 Ford Model A Roadster. Sawczuk said that the car belonging to the former body shop teacher at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technology Center has been in all the previous shows.
Sawczuk encouraged people to come out even if they don’t have a car that’s older than the 25 years, the age requirement for AACA sanctioned shows. The judging for the local show is similar to that for AACA events, but less intense.
“We look at the body paint, inside the engine compartment and interior,” Sawczuk said.
Three trophies will be awarded in each class, ranging from the Brass Era in the early part of the 1900s, so named for the use of brass in headlights and other parts; pre-war; post-war, up to the present. Foreign makes, trucks and motorcycles may enter, too, Sawczuk explained.
Judging starts at noon and awards start at 3 p.m. with the winners driving up the judges’ table to collect their awards and stop for photos.
Throughout the day, a local Boy Scout troop will be selling food with the proceeds benefiting the troop. There also will be music by “The Big Kahuna” DJ Joe Kruz and a flea market.