Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 18, 2013
Car show benefit races to support Sedgwick Fire Department
1947 Hudson Super Six pick-up truck, second place finisher in the Trucks Prior to 1950 class at this year’s Sedgwick Fire Volunteer Fire Department Car Show, owned by Ken Taplin, of Blue Hill.
by Noah Dow
This past Saturday, car owners, car enthusiasts and spectators gathered at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds to pay homage to the automobile and to support the Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department.
The 12th annual Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department Car Show took place on July 13 as a benefit for the all-volunteer department. Automobiles of myriad vintages, colors, and makes arrived at the Blue Hill Fairground midway to participate in the event.
A total of 129 automobiles registered for this year’s show. Those on display ranged from a rare 1924 Durant Star coupster to a 1947 Hudson pick-up truck to a 1965 Ford Mustang. Organizer and member of the Sedgwick Fire Department Dick Doane noted that participants had come from as far away as Lewiston and north of Bangor.
The automobiles were organized into 17 different classes, according to either year or make. Some classes were decade specific, with one for each decade from the 1930s to the 1980s. Others highlighted certain automotive models, including classes for Ford Mustangs, Corvettes, and muscle cars.
The show was not limited to just cars, however; there were also several pick-up trucks and motorcycles present.
Each class was sponsored by a local business that paid for the prize trophies for that division. Sponsors for this year’s event included Snow’s Heating and Plumbing, Camden National Bank, and Davis Piano, among others. Within each class, there was a first, second, and third-place trophy available.
The judging for the event took place by the registered participants of the show. Each owner evaluated the cars to determine the best in the specific classes, and then also for the overall Best in Show trophy.
This year’s Best in Show prize was awarded to Tom Winchenbach of Friendship for his orange 1965 Ford Mustang. Last year, the trophy went to Blue Hill’s Rachel Leach for her 1953 Ford Sunliner.
Certain cars at the show had distinct histories. The owner of a 1947 Hudson Super Six pick-up truck said that he had found his truck in a junkyard in Rhode Island. In discussing the restoration process, he mentioned the difficulty of finding adequate parts for the truck, as Hudsons are no longer in production.
Another entry was a 1924 Durant Star coupster. Durant Motors was a car company started by William C. Durant, who is of particular automotive historical note for being a co-founder of both General Motors and Chevrolet.
This particular Durant is one of only six still in existence in the United States, its owner, Dan Ladrigan of Milbridge, reported. Ladrigan stated that he races the car in vintage model races, and that while it is currently capable of exceeding 110 miles per hour, he hopes in the future to have it improve to at least 130 miles per hour.
Winchenbach, the winner of the Best in Show trophy, said that he had found his Mustang from a seller in New Hampshire, after searching on eBay.
A raffle took place and vendors operated booths at the event. The prizes for the 50/50 raffle included gift certificates to Viking Lumber and Paradise Tattoo in Blue Hill.
Doane stressed the importance of events such as this one to address the costs of running the fire department. Its expenses, including adequate equipment and training, are significant, he noted. Being an exclusively volunteer force, the department relies upon fundraisers for support.
A complete list of the event’s winners can be found at the show’s website, sedgwickvfdcarshow.org.