Car enthusiasts swarm Swoyersville for car show

By Geri Gibbons - For Times Leader
Nick Klem, 78, of Larksville, stands beside his 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe during a car show hosted by the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association on Saturday. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Frank Campo, visiting from Albany, New York, wipes down the engine of his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro during Saturday’s car show in Swoyersville. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Car enthusiasts check out classic vehicles at the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association’s car show on Scott Street on Saturday. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader

SWOYERSVILLE — An annual car show hosted by the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association drew car, music and food lovers to Scott Street on Saturday for a second year.

Frank Campo, of New York, who has a friend who runs with the Swoyersville Ambulance, made the trip to the Wyoming Valley for the chance to show off his “grabber orange” 2011 Chevrolet Camaro and to get to know other classic car aficionados.

Campo and his neighbor at the show, Sheldon Metzger, Beaumont, who was displaying his 1941 Chevy Special nicknamed the “Pink Panther,” had much to talk about, including classic car insurance rates and the cost of special license plates.

Metzger said many of the cars provided a glimpse back at history.

“For example, this car (the 1941 Chevy) was the last of its kind produced before World War II,” he said. “The company didn’t go back into full production until 1947.”

Wendy Specht, president of the Swoyersville Ambulance Association, said the event brought out hundreds of residents to enjoy a festival-like atmosphere.

The fundraiser comes in the midst of marked controversy in regard to the ambulance association’s finances and viability.

Specht said Saturday’s turnout was a testament to the community support that exists for her group.

“I think we’re going to be OK,” she said. “Our response times are phenomenal and we have several volunteer staff coming on board after they complete their EMT and EMS training in August, so the response rate will go up.”

Council members recently requested financial information from the association.

“We’ve done all that council asked us to do,” Specht noted.

Longtime ambulance association member Ed Connor said money raised at the car show would go to training and equipment.

As he manned the raffle stand, he said his favorite part of the event was the chance to talk with attendees.

“It’s great to see the community gathering together,” he said.

Jerry Pennypacker, Millville, brought his Mohegan gold 1972 Chevy Chevelle, eager to not only show off the car, but provide information to attendees.

“This car is ‘numbers matching,’” he said. “That means it has its original engine and transmission, so the numbers match.”

It was Pennypacker​’s first year at the show and he was impressed.

“From the minute we pulled in, people were really friendly.”

In addition to nearly 40 classic cars, those attending enjoyed chicken barbecue, a DJ spinning tunes from the ‘70s and a variety of vendors offering everything from popcorn to children’s books to household wares.

The event also honored two deceased members of the ambulance association: Ryan Broghammer and Sharon Nossavage.

Nick Klem, 78, of Larksville, stands beside his 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe during a car show hosted by the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072218CarShow1.jpgNick Klem, 78, of Larksville, stands beside his 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe during a car show hosted by the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association on Saturday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Frank Campo, visiting from Albany, New York, wipes down the engine of his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro during Saturday’s car show in Swoyersville.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072218CarShow3.jpgFrank Campo, visiting from Albany, New York, wipes down the engine of his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro during Saturday’s car show in Swoyersville. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Car enthusiasts check out classic vehicles at the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association’s car show on Scott Street on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL072218CarShow2.jpgCar enthusiasts check out classic vehicles at the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association’s car show on Scott Street on Saturday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

By Geri Gibbons

For Times Leader