WILKES-BARRE — It was the first big car show of the season — even if Mother Nature can’t decide exactly what season that is.
For the 12th straight year, Wilkes University’s branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, held its annual car show in the parking lot behind the university’s Henry Student Center.
Steven Lee, a senior mechanical engineering major who is also the group’s president, said that the show had a bit of something for everything.
“There’s food, there’s music,” Lee said. “And it’s all student-run.”
And that’s not even to mention the cars.
Lee said there were about 50 vehicles for car enthusiasts to check out, ranging from older models to the latest muscle cars. Cars were judged in a variety of categories, and winners were given trophies made out of repurposed car parts.
However, Lee did say that Sunday’s sudden dip in temperatures did take a toll on the turnout for the show.
“We normally have almost 200 cars,” he said. “The weather seems to be keeping people home.”
But that didn’t stop the ASME from having a sizable donation to make.
Lee said that, each year, members of the club vote to donate proceeds from vehicle registration and other sources to a different charitable organization.
This year, the ASME decided to put its funds toward the American Cancer Society. While the count wasn’t final about midway through the day, Lee said the donation would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,500.
Jerry Thomas was one of the drivers whose registration fee went toward that donation.
The Plymouth man, who was driving a 2008 Mustang Bullet, said he’s been going to car shows for at least 40 years, and that Sunday’s cold didn’t put a chill on the fun.
“We went into the cafeteria (of the student center) to warm up, so we had a good time,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he always enjoys coming to the show, saying it’s the first big one of the year.
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