Whether they’re driving down a country road or checking into a car show, Ryan and Angie Money love to show off their Corvettes.
Ryan bought his 1996 Corvette green polo shirt at the age of two, while Angie has his two-tone 1984 Corvette bronze for seven years.
Sometimes they drive off in one or both of the cars. They also like to take them to auto shows.
On Friday night, they took them both from their North Vernon home to display them at the sixth annual FOP Pre-Scoop Cruise-In and Car Show in downtown Seymour. Their Corvettes sat back to back along Walnut Street.
Working in schools money is drawn to this spectacle as the proceeds go to the Fraternal Order of Police Donald M. Winn Lodge 108’s Cops and Kids program. This pairs local law enforcement officers with less fortunate children of Jackson County for an early December shopping experience at the Walmart Supercenter in Seymour.
âIt’s an awesome show, and you can’t beat who it’s going for. The charitable aspect of this is tops. That’s what brings us to this one, âsaid Ryan, who teaches at Seymour High School.
âIt’s the same as him – helping the kids,â said Angie, secretary at Graham Creek Elementary School in Jennings County.
Their Corvettes were among 240 vehicles participating in Friday’s show, which showcased all types of makes and models in and around the Walnut Street and Robertson Mill parking lots.
For the second year in a row, the show was a tribute to Tom Gray, who was a member of the Seymour Area Cruisers Auto Club who helps with parking and judging during the show. He passed away on December 30, 2019.
Once again this year, members of the automobile club helped judge, trophies were presented by the FOP and local group Six Ways to Sunday performed.
CJ Foster, president of the local FOP, said money is being raised for cops and kids through entries, raffles, a silent auction, sales of drinks and ice cream floats and the large auction items.
âIt’s just such a great cause. That’s the main thing, âFoster said. âI like to see all the people here looking at the cars. It’s a lot of work, but I think the end result is really cool. I think we have established ourselves as a good auto show.
The Moneys also attended last year’s auto show.
While they love to display their Corvettes, Ryan said he almost ended up with a different type of car in 1998.
âI went to buy a Camaro, and a friend of mine said, ‘Hey, there’s this Corvette for sale. Why don’t you go watch it? because I had mentioned a Corvette, âhe said. âI looked at it and I thought, ‘Huh, that’s pretty sharp. I think I’ll go that way instead of the Camaro.
What attracted him? The color and the 6-speed manual transmission, he said.
âIt’s all driving. It has awesome brakes. It has good acceleration. It has excellent handling, âsaid Ryan. “We like to take them on the back roads and just enjoy the back roads up and down.”
Angie said she decided to have her own Corvette because her husband had one.
âWe take them out and take them on cruises and stuff,â he said. “I just like to drive it and let people watch it.”
Jackson Ross and his grandfather, Tim Hamblen, both of Seymour, had unique vehicles at the Friday show. Ross’s Crosley Hotshot 1950 sat next to Hamblen’s 1949 Crosley pickup truck.
Ross’s car is unique because he got it after he wrote and submitted an essay on his knowledge of automobiles and won the second Crosley Youth Project from the Crosley Automobile Club.
The program awards a Youth Restorable Crosley to promote the hobby of restoring vintage cars to a younger generation.
After driving to Erie, Pa to collect the car, Ross and Hamblen returned to Hamblen’s Tim’s Trim Shop, completely dismantled it and began the reassembly process, making the necessary repairs. along the way.
âI had to do a lot of work, pretty much everything,â Ross said. âI had to repaint it, do a bit of engine work, tear up the engine, make sure everything was okay. “
It was red when they picked it up, but Ross chose to paint it blue with a white stripe in the middle.
âI just picked it up and thought it would look good,â he said.
They had two years to complete the restoration, but it only took a year and a half.
“This one, he will never be able to sell it,” Hamblen said with a smile of his grandson’s car.
In all, Hamblen has seven Crosleys. His first was a 1949 station wagon.
âI stopped by Jerry Edwards one day and he had bought a collection. There was one there, and he said, ‘I’m getting rid of that one,’ âHamblen said.
After purchasing it, Hamblen installed a new interior and performed braking work.
It is now on its seventh Crosley, and this is one of the first made in 1939.
âIt doesn’t take up a lot of space, obviously. I have seven, âHamblen said. âThey are actually very cheap to work with. Their value is really starting to increase because people collect. â¦ When I started they told me that a fully restored Crosley was worth around $ 6,000. Now they’re worth $ 15,000, $ 16,000.
Ross said he was glad his grandfather got him interested in the Crosleys.
âThey’re just cool little cars, and I grew up with Grandpa and fell in love with them,â he said. âIt’s different. You don’t come across them very often. They’re just honestly a cool car.
On the Web
For more information on the Donald M. Winn Lodge 108 Fraternal Order of Police and its Cops and Kids program, visit facebook.com/foplodge108.