Car show at Laurel Mall raises money for tornado victims

By Geri Gibbons - For Times Leader
John Thomas, of Berwick, braves the 95 degree heat while his wife Sharon stays in the air conditioned 2008 Mustang. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Jared Sterenchock sits in truck of his 1937 Plymouth formerly owned by his good friend, the late Tom Price. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Austin Sterenchock, 20, does a walk around Pat Gallagher’s 1956 Chevy 210. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Eric Humenick, of Hazleton, wipes down his 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo with his 1959 Lincoln Premiere behind him. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Bob Lippi, of Hazleton, enters his 1957 Chevy Bel Air after paying his entry fee for the car show at the Laurel Mall on Sunday. Proceeds from the show went to victims of last month’s tornado. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

One area car club put on a show hoping to aid victims of the June EF2 tornado that ravaged parts of Luzerne and Bradford counties.

Northeast Cruisers held a car show and contest outside of the Laurel Mall on Sunday, attracting around a dozen cars within the first hour said club member Larry Featherman.

“I tried to put a show together for the tornado victims,” he said. “Laurel Mall let us have the show up here.”

Attendees were able to vote for their favorite cars, with the top 10 earning plaques along with a Best of Show category. Door prizes were also available.

The blazing sun didn’t stop attendees from admiring Jared Strenchock’s black1937 Plymouth P3 Business Coupe, although the car’s backstory has a much higher sentimental value to the West Hazleton resident than money can offer.

“It was my best friend’s car who passed away last year,” he said, speaking of Sugarloaf resident Tom Price.

Together, he said they would go to car shows and work on more than a dozen cars, even winning national competitions. When Price passed away, Strenchock acquired his favorite automobile.

“When he passed away he wanted me to have this car, and it was his favorite one,” he said. “I’m showing it as many times as I can to keep his story going.”

At the opposite end of the row, Eric Humenick stood between his blue and grey 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo and his 1959 Lincoln.

While the Hazleton resident admitted that he put more work into the Monte Carlo, it was the deep navy Lincoln with it’s white leather interior that has become his prized possession.

“How you see it is how I found it,” he said, adding they he just updated the mechanics of the vehicle since it sat for nearly a decade. “The guy bought it from California, drove it three times and put it in park in his garage and that was it.

“We’ve restored (the Monte Carlo) from the ground up.”

While patrons were looking over a set of handmade purses made from cassette tapes by Stella Blue Creations, Laury Station resident Joe Mehalshick said he was happy to attend the event.

Not only was he able to show off his 1956 customized Oldsmobile and help those damaged from the twister, but he was able to use the time to visit some family members that lived close by.

“They’re nice, there’s a lot of nice cars here,” he said of the show.

John Thomas, of Berwick, braves the 95 degree heat while his wife Sharon stays in the air conditioned 2008 Mustang.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Car-Get-Together-5-1.jpgJohn Thomas, of Berwick, braves the 95 degree heat while his wife Sharon stays in the air conditioned 2008 Mustang. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Jared Sterenchock sits in truck of his 1937 Plymouth formerly owned by his good friend, the late Tom Price.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Car-Get-Together-4-1.jpgJared Sterenchock sits in truck of his 1937 Plymouth formerly owned by his good friend, the late Tom Price. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Austin Sterenchock, 20, does a walk around Pat Gallagher’s 1956 Chevy 210.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Car-Get-Together-3-1.jpgAustin Sterenchock, 20, does a walk around Pat Gallagher’s 1956 Chevy 210. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Eric Humenick, of Hazleton, wipes down his 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo with his 1959 Lincoln Premiere behind him.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Car-Get-Together-2-1.jpgEric Humenick, of Hazleton, wipes down his 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo with his 1959 Lincoln Premiere behind him. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Bob Lippi, of Hazleton, enters his 1957 Chevy Bel Air after paying his entry fee for the car show at the Laurel Mall on Sunday. Proceeds from the show went to victims of last month’s tornado.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_Car-Get-Together-1-1.jpgBob Lippi, of Hazleton, enters his 1957 Chevy Bel Air after paying his entry fee for the car show at the Laurel Mall on Sunday. Proceeds from the show went to victims of last month’s tornado. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

By Geri Gibbons

For Times Leader

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