- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:13
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Two Maryland cars won top honors at the 34th Annual Rod Run to the Beach in a competition held last weekend, despite cloudy skies and occasional rain, as a part of the event sponsored by the Colonial Beach Education Foundation.
Best in Show for the popular Colonial Beach event, which draws thousands of visitors each year, was a 1973 Chevy Camaro owned by Norman L. Bowie of Nanjemoy, MD. The Founders’ Choice Award went to a 1934 Chevy Sedan owned by Rita and Danny Buckmaster of Prince Frederick, MD.
“The 34th Rod Run to the Beach was a tremendous success, all due to the cooperation of our town’s support and the many donations of prizes,” Al Young, the president of the Educational Foundation said.
“There were 127 registered vehicles, some from as far away as New York. Attendance was great. The vendors did a wonderful job, also helping everyone enjoy the day. Sunday’s events were shortened due to inclement weather, but the Education Foundation members want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our goal to award graduating Colonial Beach High School seniors with well-earned scholarships,” Young said.
Young’s brother, Steve Young, was one of the founders of the Colonial Rod Club and also started The Rod Run to the Beach 34 years ago. “The Colonial Beach Education Foundation was originally formed by Dr. Don Warner, Superintendent of Colonial Beach Schools, when the money was raised to build a new high school,” Young said. “It was then disbanded, and when Dr. Alice Howard was Superintendent, she started the Colonial Beach Education Foundation back up.”
When Steve Young became ill, Steve and his wife, Linda, asked the Colonial Beach Educational Foundation to take over the Rod Run. Sadly, Steve Young passed away two years ago, but Al Young and Linda Young have worked with many other community leaders and volunteers to keep Steve’s dream alive.
Among the top owners and cars recognized at last weekend’s successful Rod Run to the Beach were: Ted Pittsley, Hannibal, NY, 1964 Chevrolet Push Truck; Dave Raley, Bel Alton, MD, 1983 Chevrolet S10; Jeremy Dick, Lottsburg, VA, 1953 Mercury Monterey; E.R. Shifflett, Earlyville, VA, 1931 Ford Coupe; Connie Farish, Greenwood, VA, 1934 Ford Coupe; and Susan and Jackson Brown, Newburg, MD, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Also, Larry Hurlburt, Indian Head, MD, 1966 Buick; L.W. Herring, Troy, VA, 1972 Chevrolet Camaro; Timothy and Carla Claiborne, Hanover, VA, 1939 Chevrolet Sedan; John Gillison, Nokesville, VA, 1923 Ford T Bucket; Tommy and Marie Lewis, Tappahannock, VA, 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury; George and Glenda Damko, Winchester, VA, 1948 Ford; and Bob Swink, Colonial Beach, VA, 1958 Ford. And Lawrence Davis, Bumpass, VA, 1970 Chevrolet Pickup; Freddie Ahearn, Fredericksburg, VA, 1959 Ford; John Lobar, Colonial Beach, VA, 1949 Ford Pickup; Steve DeAtley, Colonial Beach, VA, 1941 Lincoln; Frank DeAtley, Colonial Beach, VA, 1941 Chevrolet; and Pati and Steve Price, Woodstock VA, 1968 Ford Mustang.
Photo by Bonnie Gouvisis