CLARKS SUMMIT — The Scranton Region Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Car Club held its 44th Annual Car Show July 19 on the grounds of Allied Services in Clarks Summit with over 300 vehicles on display.
The hot, sweltering temperatures in the mid-90s didn’t stop car enthusiasts from attending the annual show where proceeds benefit area charities. Promoters were concerned that the downpour the night before may have caused muddy conditions, but the grounds dried out nicely in time for the event.
A variety of cars were on display from Model-T Fords, hot rods, antiques, stock and special interest vehicles like a casket converted into a vehicle like the Munster Mobile from the 1960s classic TV show. There were plenty of modern cars on exhibit, including a slew of Chevy Corvettes.
Along with viewing all kinds of cars, the show offered a flea market, a radio-controlled racetrack and plenty of drones for sale.
Anyone interested in selling a car could visit a special section for those willing to part with their prized possessions. A Corvette for sale had a sign in the window stating, “Wife sez it’s gotta go!”
Plenty of vendors sold auto-related items such as logos, pins, models and clothing.
According to registration chairman Ron Moore, class judging was held in the afternoon for the top three vehicles in each category.
“We donate proceeds to various charities such as the Boy Scouts, Allied Services, Anthracite Heritage Museum, Reflex Dystrophy and other local charities,” Moore said. “We’ve been lucky that we’ve helped so many out monetarily.”
Michael Neary, owner of Neary Auto Sales, of Scranton, has participated for about 20 years and shared a 1961 Chevy Corvette at the event. Over the years, he’s displayed a 1949 Mercury Coupe, Plymouth Max Wedge and others. “It’s one of the nicest local events in the area and they draw nice crowds of people,” Neary said.
Oscar Koveleski, a Clarks Summit resident and racing legend, was on hand to help promote the annual event. Koveleski, who will celebrate his 83rd birthday in November, loves getting involved in community events, especially the Abington Community Library.
“My involvement is really in community affairs here with the library and the history of automobiling in the Northeast Pennsylvania area,” Koveleski said.
The former Giants Dispair Hillclimb and Can-Am champion racer has been involved with promoting plenty of car events in northeastern Pennsylvania, including the AACA Car Show held for many years.