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february 2016 issue - Show and Cruise News
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by Andy Sackett
Syracuse, NY
A
s great as the 16th Annual “Syracuse
Nationals” was, the staff is really looking
forward to the 17th Annual because as most
of you know, the NYS Fairgrounds is
implementing over $50 million dollars in
renovations. But don’t worry, they have assured the
“Nationals” that what isn’t completed will in no way
hinder the show.
We like to get there on Wednesday evening and
park our motorhome on our vendor space so when
Thursday’s move-in day is in full force, we can
relax and get ready to enjoy three days of the
largest car show in the Northeast.
Even though we’ve been there 15 of the 16
years, we still marvel at the variety of vehicles,
and the constant growth of the show. We have
met a lot of out-of-towners that have become
friends even if it is for only one weekend a year.
But sometimes, like again this year, they become
interested in the “Cavalcade of Cars” show and
some will attend, giving Western New Yorkers
who didn’t travel to Syracuse the opportunity to
see some of the fine machines.
“Artie’s Party,” the three-day pinstripe and
airbrush jam in the Horticulture Building again
was a huge success. They raised $68,000, all of
which is donated to Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Syracuse. Over the years money raised
by the “Syracuse Nationals” and its volunteer Army
comprised of hundreds of members of car clubs in
Central New York have raised over $920,000.
Breaking the $1 million mark is in site and they hope
to get there soon, all this generated by volunteer
“stripers” and “air brushers” from all over the
country and some from Canada
I personally like checking out the vendors. You
can find everything and anything that is automotive
related. There were over 150 vendors at the event
this year and I know I didn’t see but a third of them.
Some come with big haulers from major
manufacturers right on down to the small 10x10
booths selling just the right item you are looking for.
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Before the show starts, the vast vacant land
known as camper city sprouts up a mini city within
two days. There were 600 motorhomes and trailers,
and according to the State of New York, they will be
renovating the area to make an even larger RV Park
with more hook-ups for power and water. A lot of the
campers make it a vacation, coming for a full week
and visiting many of the nearby sites.
Something added a few years ago was the area for
the Retro Rods called “Ol’ Skool Roundup.” Rock-aBilly music rings all weekend and there is a Backyard
build-off contest. This has become the largest event
within the “PPG Syracuse Nationals.”
The give-a-way this year was the “Syracuse
Nationals Garage Gear Giveaway.” Sponsored by
Mac Tools of Waterville, Ohio, not only were there
over $26,000 worth of tools but also many of the
hand tools were stored in a large professional quality
Mac Tools toolbox. Adding to the quality and value
was the pinstriping done on the toolbox by artists
from “Artie’s Party.” And, oh yes, there was also a car
lift included in the giveaway.
There were plenty of awards for the car
participants but the crème de la crème was the “Gene
Winfield Award.” Sponsored by Meguiars, out of all
the applicants for the award, it is brought down to the
“Select Six.” Gene Winfield chooses the “Select Six”
from a field of several dozen applicants. The “Select
Six” were two vehicles from Texas, one each from
Michigan, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Quebec, Canada.
They have a special place set up in the Horticulture
Building and are given plenty of display space. As
they say, there can be only one winner and this year it
was Luc LeBlanc from Victoriasville, Quebec, Canada,
with his 1949 Mercury Monarc. For LeBlanc’s efforts
he took home the beautiful custom made trophy and
$10,000.
I could go on for”Largest Car Show in the
Northeast,” but better you should check it out
yourself. The dates for 2016 are July 15th-17th, and
if you want to talk to a Right Coast Rep about the
“Syracuse Nationals,” there will be two reps on hand
all weekend at the “Cavalcade of Cars” show.
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by John Dumbrosky
B
rrr! You know real winter
would show up sooner or
later here on the Niagara
Frontier and sure enough, here it is.
Like my wise old Grandfather used
to say; “Yep, it happens every year
around this time”.
This is the
season when a lot of vintage cars
are being worked on to do an
upgrade, major repairs or make
that long sought after modification.
It only makes sense to turn several
months of storage into some
quality work time.
Winter is also a good time to
reflect on the past, present and
future of our long love affair with
the automobile. What began, as a
way to replace the horse has
become one of the most prominent
game changers to our lifestyle and
culture. The automobile provided a
new freedom of increased mobility
as well as a forum for selfexpression.
Mechanical innovation and
steady progress in technological
advancements have taken the car
from motorized buggies to
comfortable and stylish coaches, to
easily operated, reliable
transportation modules.
Wait a
minute, did I say easily operated?
Although it’s true you don’t have to
get out and crank the engine to
start it, or do some kind of hokeypokey pumping the gas pedal, pull
the choke and turn a key but have
you gotten into a 21st century
version of the automobile lately? I
know I’m old school and a
cheapskate. I drive a 2004 PT
Cruiser that I love owning. It’s
stylish (at least I think so) and very
versatile, able to carry four people
comfortably or open the large rear
hatch, remove the back seats and
carry large awkward loads easily.
The dash has analog gauges, knobs
and levers, just the way I like em!
Now contrast that with the
techno panels in a 2016 whatever
and this old bird would just sit there
helpless.
Where’s the ignition
switch? Well it seems all I need is
the key fob in my pocket and I can
just get in, press the START button
and we’re good to go. How about
backing out of the driveway? No
need to put your right arm on the
seat back to pull your head around
and peer out the rear window, or
look in the mirror to sight your
fenders down the driveway. No Sir!
Just turn on the in-dash television
(I think they call it a monitor) and
you get a complete view behind you
along with sight lines to tell you
which way you’re going, left or
right. It’s kinda cool but there’s
only one channel so if you’re bored
with what’s behind you there’s no
switching over to ESPN or HBO.
But if it’s entertainment you’re
after and some times would make
the ride more pleasant there’s no
need to twist knobs or push
buttons.
Just call out to your
dashboard. “Please play the “Elvis
Channel” and next thing you know,
“Blue Suede Shoes” is coming out
of the twenty or so speakers
imbedded throughout the interior.
Are you too hot or too cold? Just a
simple touch of the screen, a few
soft words and next thing you know
the cabin is a perfect 72 degrees.
Yea Baby!
Are you in a strange city looking
for gas or a place to eat? Maps and
phone books are a thing of the past.
Just call out “Hey, where’s the local
Applebee’s?”
Or how about,
“Sunoco gas please.” I guess you
don’t need to say please but I was
taught to be polite. Remember
when it was common practice to
stop and offer assistance when
someone was broke down on the
side of the road? Today instead of
flagging down a passing motorist
you just press a button by the rear
view mirror and call out, “Hey
Telstar, send help.” They know who
you are and where you are through
a satellite connection. In other
words a metal box floating above
earth can help you faster than a
human being driving by in his/her
car. Amazing!
And now they’ve made the car
smart enough to know if it’s going
to hit something so if you don’t
apply the brakes, the car does it for
you. That’s great for people who
don’t pay attention when they drive
but what if the guy in front of you is
a jerk and needs a little nudge to
get going? Seriously, something
like that makes me wonder, if the
car decides there is something in
front of it, like snow on the sensor,
will you suddenly brake in traffic?
And if it causes an accident who’s at
fault?
Perhaps the most unsettling
innovation on the horizon is the
driverless car. This old coot will
never accept just sitting there and
letting the machine do its will. I
guess you could say we are coming
full circle. Before the automobile
ole’ Seabiscuit would pull your
buggy.
The horse had enough
sense not to go in a ditch or run into
a tree. And there was no drunk
driving, unless the horse got a
snoot full of your beer bucket. I
guess it will be up to the future
generation to decide whether this
technology is accepted. It would
be kind of cool to jump in the back
seat and say out loud, “Home
James, and don’t spare the horses.”
Anyway, the bond we have with
the automobile is as strong as ever.
We may not appreciate the
horsepower ratings, or the
smoothness of a four-speed stick
shift like we once did. “Souping up”
a car isn’t about adding headers or
a bigger carburetor. The interest
now is how many kilobits of info can
it handle and which control chip do I
have in the engine brain module.
Whether it’s an out of date vintage
automobile or a twenty first century
techno-cruiser, Americans still
appreciate the open road and the
freedom to see what’s beyond the
horizon. Long may that freedom
continue.
Until next time, I’ll be out in the
garage.
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photos by Duke Emerson
Knoxville, TN
K
noxville, Tennessee is another great venue for street
rodders. Not only a great show but nearby historic
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are really worth the
visit. The first weekend in May also hosts the huge
“Dollywood” parade with country singer, Dolly Parton which
travels through the heart of Pigeon Forge. I call both areas
the “Vacuum Visitor Center” as they can really suck the
money out of you.
The car show is on both sides of the road in Chilhowee
Park and Expo Center, which is next to the zoo. There
weren’t as many vendors this year as there usually are but
still enough for the visitors. Over 2,000 street rods,
customs, muscle cars and street machines attend this
event. The dates for this year are May 6th – 8th.
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Very Scenic
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The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Entertainment every where you go.
View from the Wheel
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Let the Tram Take You Around
Enjoying the Vendors
George Jetson Was There
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ARTIE’S PARTY
Kenny Youngblood Signing Autographs.
The Younger Generation Contributing Artwork.
THE AUCTION
Gene Winfield Himself
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A Winfield “Select Six” Car
Winner of “Gene Winfield Award”
A “Select Six” Car
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Cr Happenings
by Andy Sackett
O
ver the past several months we have seen
the hot rod community and its activities
change. Show and Cruise News Magazine
has reported on many of these changes.
The Ford Lords Car Club discontinued their
annual car show and the Tri-Five Car Club hosted
their 40th and last car show. There was the
passing of legendary custom car designer and
builder, George Barris, and the sudden passing of
“Goodguys” Founder and President, Gary
Meadors. For those of us who have been around
hot rodding for any length of time, these were
iconic changes to our way of life and passion.
Well, sadly there will soon be another change.
The March 2016 issue of Show and Cruise News
will be the last issue that will be in print. After
nearly 29 years of keeping the Western New York
and surrounding areas connected with stories
and photos from local and national events,
keeping everyone posted on dates of upcoming
events, it’s time for us to semi-retire.
I say semi-retire because we will continue the
Magazine digitally on the web. If you go to
www.showandcruisenews.com you will see that
we have already started posting the monthly
issues beginning January 2016. This will give
you, the reader, a greater opportunity to check
out the advertisers in more depth as we have set
up links to their websites, thus giving you more
information about their businesses. If we get
date changes on car events, which happens quite
frequently, we can make the changes
immediately instead of waiting until the next
issue to make the changes.
The decision to change from print to electronic
was not an easy one – a decision that we
struggled with, and we weighed all factors before
making our decision. We have personally gone to
many of the shows that we report on and have
met hundreds of new friends, some we only see
once a year at the event and some have become
close personal friends.
As you know it is
impossible to personally cover all of the shows we
report on, and I have to say that we were blessed
to have some of the greatest people pitch in and
send us photos from many of the shows you have
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enjoyed in print, whose names are listed on
page 5. We still plan on using photos from
these contributors in the future.
John
Dumbrosky’s “Tire Tracks” articles have been
a big hit with our readers and you will still be
able to read them on line, along with Tara
Hurlin’s “What Drives You.”
Many people don’t know that the Magazine
has basically been a two-person operation. I
handled the sales, marketing, and article
layouts, and my wife did the graphic and
computer work needed to publish this
Magazine for our readers and advertisers. We
are grateful for these 28-plus years because it
allowed us to work from home so we could
take care of and raise our daughter Ashley,
who is one of the biggest motorheads I know.
In fact, it was because of her we started the
“Cavalcade of Cars” Car Show, which, if you
are wondering, will continue.
The Magazine gave us the opportunity to
see the inner workings of shows like SEMA in
Las Vegas, and put on a hot rod show at the
Atlantic City Auction. And, we were able to get
up close and personal with many of the
NASCAR drivers when they attended functions
in and around Buffalo. Memories you couldn’t
buy.
For those loyal readers who have been
sending in your renewals for your
subscriptions over the past two months, we
will be sending you your checks back and you
will receive the February and March issues,
compliments of us, and for those who will have
time left on your subscriptions, we will be
refunding the balance after the “Cavalcade of
Cars” show is over. I say after, because we are
in the midst of putting together another great
show for spectators and participants alike.
So for now let me just say “THANK YOU”
to all the advertisers, readers, friends, and car
clubs who have supported the Magazine over
the past 28 and a half years.
See you at showandcruisenews.com
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Voodoo and Burnt Rubber Car and Bike Show
by Tom Gunsher
East Aurora, NY
T
his past summer you could really go back in time
with the “Voodoo and Burnt Rubber Car and
Bike Show” held at the Broken Sprocket Shop
in East Aurora. This show featured retro hot rods, retro
bikes and Rock-A-Billy music the way it should be.
Not a highly publicized show but it certainly drew some
of the best Retro’s in the area.
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Voodoo and Burnt Rubber Car and Bike Show
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“THE CRUIZER II”
“THE BLUE RIBBON BASTARDS”
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ORCHARD PARK LIONS CLUB CAR SHOW
by Andy Sackett
Orchard Park, NY
O
ne of the fun shows that I enjoy is the
Orchard Park Lions Club Car Show. This is
the show where you actually cruise from the
staging area to the center of town where the main
street is closed to traffic and the cars line up for the
spectators to enjoy. Many of the businesses open up
with sidewalk specials and there are plenty of
restaurants, outdoor food and live music. There is
usually between 175 and 200 cars on display,
covering the full spectrum of rods, customs, classics,
antiques, motorcycles and race prepared.
COOL CUDA
This July event is a must for your car show bucket
list.
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CLASSIFIEDS
1941 WILLYS COUPE
Pro Street, Blown 392 Hemi, Turbo 400 Trans. Custom
leather interior. Too much to list. Turn key car.
700 miles. Best of everything. Selling due to death in
family. $67,500. or BO. CALL DAVE 716-652-1478 (2/1)
2007 HARLEY
LOW RIDER
Perfect black paint, nicely
chromed, mustang seat. 10K
miles by original owner.
$8,500 / BO.
CALL PETE 716-537-9817
REAR WINDOW
1950 BUICK
SEDANETTE SUPER
Rear window - 1950 Buick Sedanette
Super - Model 56-5. Not perfect, just
very, very good. Asking $175.
CALL RUSS 716-866-0395
BEAUTIFUL 1972 DUSTER DRAG OR PRO STREET.
HAD A HEMI IN IT RUNNING 8.90s. Motor gone. has
everything to go race except engine. Have many
other engines to put in it. Stock Dash, All Lights
work. All steel car. Call nites.
(2/1)
FRANK 315-337-3167.
SUNOCO - 50 YEAR COLLECTION TOO MUCH TO LIST. $1,200.
CALL BOB LECKINGER 585-594-2225
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of the classified ads.
ONE SET “HEDMAN” HEADERS - PAINTED #58150.
FITS OLDSMOBILE #442 CUTLASS. FITS 1971-76
DELTA 88 400-455 cu.in., 1968-76 VISTA CRUISER
400-455 cu.in., 1968-76 #442 CUTLASS 400-455 cu.in.
(1/1)
$75. CALL CARL 716-692-7939
TWO (2) MOUNTED WHEELS AND WHITE WALL
TIRES FOR VW BUS - 1960’s OR 1970’s. SIZE IS
G78-14. GOOD CONDITION. $75.
CALL CARL 716-692-7939
PRO STAR WELD WHEELS
15” x 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 bolt pattern.
Like New. $160. with caps.
CALL JOHN 585-392-0099.
WANTED
REAR BUMPER FOR 1964 DODGE
FULL SIZE PASSENGER CAR WITH GOOD
CHROME. NO DENTS.
(2/1)
CALL PETE 716-537-9817
RARE BRITISH MOTORCYCLES
1973 TRIUMPH TRIDENT 750cc. Original
black paint.
1972 B.S.A. 500cc GOLDSTAR.
Both for $7500. or trade for a Mopar Street
or Drag Car. Will add money for right car.
CALL FRANK 315-337-3167
(2/1)
1932
FORD
ROADSTER
WANTED
1966 CHEVY PICKUP (STEPSIDE) PARTS –
HOOD, R.R. FENDER, SEAT.
CALL RON 716-741-3877
1969 CAMARO
FIBERGLASS FRONT END - $150. or B/O
(1/1)
ALL FORD 5.0 with three deuces. Auto/Air. High End
Build. Removable Top. Awesome Car. $35,000. Trades
Considered. CALL RICK 585-509-1586
(1/1)
1948 CHEVY TRUCK
CAP & FRONT-END - $950
1981 CHEVY 1 TON
ROLLBACK, 18 FT. ALUM V-8 - 454 - 5 SPEED TRANNY
NEW TIRES - $6,500.
CALL 585-584-8818(WORK)
8-5 (MON-FRI)
(10/1-2/1)
1969 CHEVY PICKUP
6 Cylinder - 3 Speed. N.C. truck, one owner. Some rust,
but great Pitina Paint Job. Great Driver. $7,500 OBO.
(1/1)
Trades Considered. CALL RICK 585-509-1586.
More on Pg 38 .....
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Voodoo and Burnt Rubber Car and Bike Show
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UPCOMING EVENTS
FEB 7 - 15th ANNUAL SNOW BUSTER AUTOMOTIVE
SWAP MEET - Event Center, The Fairgrounds at
Hamburg, NY, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY.
9am-3pm. Sponsored by Model "A" Restorer's Club
Niagara Frontier Region. INFO: Jim 716-337-0646,
email: [email protected] SEE AD PG 30 of
JAN ISSUE.
FEB 26-28 - 64TH Annual DETROIT AUTORAMA Cobo Center - Detroit, MI. INFO:
www.autorama.com
MAR 4-6 - 23rd ANNUAL ADVANCE AUTO PARTS,
TREAD CITY TIRE "CAVALCADE OF CARS" Event Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY.
Three-day indoor rod, classic, custom car show with
a Traditional Hot Rod Building. INFO: 716-6569734, www.cavalcadeofcars.com, email:
[email protected] SEE ADS ON PGS 34 &
35.
MAR 18-20 - 50th ANNUAL I-X PISTON POWERED
AUTORAMA - I-X Center, Cleveland, OH. INFO:
www.pistonpowershow.com. SEE AD PG 29.
APRIL 20-24 - SPRING CARLISLE - Carlisle, PA.
INFO: 717-243-7855, www.carsatcarlisle.com
JUNE 18 - CRUISE FOR CRITTERS - K-S Auto
Performance Store, 811 Niagara St., Tonawanda,
N.Y. INFO: 716-603-0075. SEE AD ON PAGE 30.
JULY 10 - LAKESHORE STREET RODS HARBOR
CRUISE - Point Gratiot Park, Dunkirk, NY. INFO:
Tom 716-870-2339, Ken 716-410-0515. SEE AD ON
PAGE 38.
We try to make this listing as accurate as possible.
Please check out events before you make plans.
Watch: www.showandcruisenews.com for
last minute additions & corrections. Our thanks to the
Clutch Artists Car Club for their
contributions to this listing.
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WHAT DRIVES
Y U?
By Tara Hurlin - Writer/Editor for Hagerty Insurance
Emilee's Race For A Cure
No matter which niche of the hobby that you find yourself in,
enthusiasts tend to stick together and support each other – a
sign of pure enthusiasm, compassion and comradery. If
someone is struggling, car clubs and groups often join forces to
help with the cause, and 11-year-old Emilee’s story is a perfect
example of just that.
Emilee Hurt’s family has always been into racing. Her father,
Swain Hurt, has drag raced for a number of years, and her
mother, Brenda Hurt, placed 2nd out of the 15 racers in her class
during the 2014 NHRA Finals while driving her 2005 Ford
Mustang. Emilee Hurt and her little sister, Hailee Hurt, also love
the lifestyle and often come along for the ride, so when a 5-yearold Emilee was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2010, it only
made sense to raise awareness through racing.
Juvenile diabetes affects an estimated 80,000 children per
year. It is a condition where the body’s immune system attacks
and destroys beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells normally
produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move the
glucose from foods into other cells throughout the body for use
as energy. When the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin is
produced, and the glucose remains in the bloodstream where it
can cause serious, life-threatening damage to other organs in
the body.
To manage her condition, Emilee needs multiple injections of
insulin per day, and to make matters worse, her blood sugar
levels drop throughout the night. “In the beginning, she was up
to 10-12 insulin shots per day,” said Brenda, “I stayed up during
the night to keep track of her sugar levels, and at 4am Swain
would wake up to take my place, then I would get up at 7am to
check again.” Emilee now has a tubeless Omnipod insulin pump
that is changed every two days, but her levels still need to be
checked regularly, and she is also required to carefully balance
her food intake and exercise regularly.
Diabetes not only affects the diagnosed person, but it can
cause the family heartbreak as well. “It is truly disheartening to
watch your child fight for their life every day,” Brenda said, “and
at the same time, we are all just trying to live a normal life.”
Having such a deep responsibility to living a strict lifestyle
can certainly take its toll on someone as young as Emilee, but
she is not your average youngster. She is a hero with endless
courage, and now that she is a bit older, she not only adheres the
a stringent schedule and takes care of her own health needs, she
strives to help and educate all children and adults affected by
type 1 diabetes. Emilee has a smile that can light up the darkest
of rooms; her smile has lit the way through her own fight, and
now she is sharing her light with others afflicted with the
condition.
Emilee loves racing, and her all-time favorite car is the
Mustang, hence the family’s commitment to raising money for
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by drag racing their
1989 Ford Mustang. Emilee was so keen on the idea that she
designed the awareness ribbon herself, and now she sells
various sizes and donates all proceeds to Camp Hendon in
Leitchfield, Kent., a diabetic camp for juvenile Type 1 diabetics.
“I want every kid like me to be able to come to the camp, and
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these donations will help pay for their fees so their families’ can
focus on other medical costs.” Emilee said.
The Mustang is now at the chassis shop, Rogue Race Cars in
Williamsburg, Ohio, for a full cage installation and mini-tub, and
it is scheduled to be back at the Hurt family’s garage by Spring
2016; that’s when the build will really take off. “We have
sponsors onboard with us and we are thrilled there are people
out there wanting to help with this great cause,” Brenda said,
“together we will find a cure.” Stifflers Chassis and Suspension,
Downs Ford Racing Team and QA1 were happy to help with the
Hurt Family’s dream.
“We will do whatever it takes to help find a cure,” Brenda
said. The Hurt family can do anything they put their minds to,
and little Emilee’s successes are proof. Now they are committed
to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes with the hope that
someday, no child will have to be burdened with this condition.
Brenda and Swain look forward to getting their car on the
track for bracket racing. Look for the “Racing for a Cure” 1989
Ford Mustang with a little girl’s bright smiling face featured on
the hood, leading the way.
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