Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 17, 2014
Auto aficionados gather to support Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department
Yale Ashe of Surry poses with his 1962 Corvette at the Sedgwick Car Show in Blue Hill, Maine on July 12, 2014. The vintage Corvette features an original engine, transmission, gears, and radio. Ashe has owned this Corvette for 10 years, and it took first place in its class last year.
by George Holderness
Rows of polished automobiles and crowds of curious spectators rumbled onto the Blue Hill Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 12, for the 13th annual Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department Car Show.
The show is the fire department’s largest annual fundraiser, and supports the significant expense of equipment and training.
This year’s show featured 134 cars and trucks in 17 classes. Some of the classes are model-specific; for example, Mustangs and Corvettes have their own classes. Others encompass cars from a certain time period, such as Pre-1932 Cars or 1950s Cars. There also are classes for trucks and motorcycles.
One entry on display was a black 1962 Corvette owned by Yale Ashe of Surry. “It’s hard to find old cars that have all the original parts,” said Ashe. “This one’s all original—the motor, transmission, everything.” Ashe’s Corvette took first place in Class I last year.
But the show went far beyond Corvettes and Mustangs. A row of Ford Model As, entries in the Pre-1932 class, greeted visitors at the entrance. On the other side of the midway, a DeLorean was parked near a World War II Jeep.
Trophies are awarded to first, second, and third place in each class, as well as best in show. The winners are determined by a vote of the participants. “All entrants get a ballot, and they go around and vote on each others’ cars,” said Dick Doane, the show’s organizer. “We [the organizers] only break ties.”
Many of the same cars return to the show each year, but Doane said there are always surprises. “One Corvette from Greenville showed up this morning,” he remarked.
Dozens of local businesses sponsor the trophies—there are 52 trophies in all—as well as the cost of advertising for the show.
Besides the cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display, the festivities included a concession stand, a 50/50 drawing, and a raffle with a Marlintini’s gift certificate and home-heating oil from Wardwell Oil as prizes.
The day’s 134 entries represent a “typical” number for the show, said Doane, but he added that “we’d love to get over that 150-200 mark.”
According to Doane, who has organized the show for the past 10 years, the beautiful weather was also typical. “It rained once 10 years ago, but we’ve had good weather every year since then,” he said.
“The show’s a group effort,” said Doane. “Everyone had a part in it. We don’t charge much; it’s just a good car show.”
This year’s results were not received by press time.