FAIRMONT – Even before they could drive, Dan Rundle and Ed Vasicek were fans of cars.
Maybe it was because the older kids in their neighborhoods seemed to have the coolest cars or maybe it was because they helped out in restoring them with them, but their love for automobiles grew from a place in childhood.
“Every teenager in the neighborhood had a one-stall wooden garage with an old car in it,” Rundle said. “Us younger boys, we would run from garage to garage watching them work on them and helping them.”
Both men now use their own restored cars to participate in car shows where many people share their passion. On Saturday, they parked their ‘40 Ford Coupes at the Central Christian Church in Fairmont, which held its first ever car show to raise money for its programming.
“This could turn into a major event, it really could,” said Jerry Eagle, an organizer of Central Christian Church’s car show. “It’s our first one and our turnout seems to be ok so next year will be even bigger.”
According to Eddie Parker, chair of the finance committee of Central Christian Church, the idea seemed like a good way to bring people from the community to the church for some fellowship, believing a car show would be a good way to bring them together.
“As most churches are, we’re always looking for opportunities to raise a little money for church events and church ministry,” Parker said. “It was something locally to draw in.”
Parker said the church also procured trophies to give to different winners of the car show and got donations from local businesses to help with rewards.
Parker and Eagle are not themselves car collectors, but they can appreciate the fandom that exists around the purchasing and restoration of vintage cars.
“My brother, he’s the one who gave me the idea,” Eagle said. “They like to show their cars and eat. And once you tell one enthusiast about a car show, they all want to go.”
Vasicek and Rundle said the car shows themselves are some of the most enjoyable parts of having a vintage car in the first place because they get to both shows off their own cars and check out the work others have performed on their own.
“They’re just fun to get out and talk to people,” Rundle said. “People love to get out and tell you stories about their dads or grandfathers having an old car like this and as a kid riding around in them.”
Vasicek, for one, does like to recount his long-running history of vehicle fandom, also remembering the thoughts he had as a kid when he saw others working on their cars.
“I said ‘Boy someday I’m going to have one,’” Vasicek said.
In addition, car shows give automobile fans and collectors a chance to show off the work they’ve done on their vehicles, because although they are mobile and on wheels, the cars normally aren’t meant for casual driving. Despite seldom leaving the garage, most cars require constant maintenance, which Rundle can attest to, but still, it’s work he enjoys doing.
“You don’t drive them every day but you still work on them,” Rundle said. “I worked on mine this morning before I came over here.”