YORK, Maine – The York Auto Show on Sunday, June 20 showcased vehicles in 19 categories, from antiques and classics to all-new premium cars to drool over.
For a modest entry fee, visitors received a scorecard to choose the winners in each category. The show is a benefit to York High School Athletic Boosters, with proceeds going towards upgrades to YHS facilities, equipment, grounds and sports safety initiatives.
Judging took time. Steve Bricker, executive director of the show and a member of the Booster Club, said he expected 500 to 600 cars at the show.
“We have a lot of trophies,” Bricker said. “There are first, second and third place winners in each of the 19 categories, and there is Best of Show. “
Best in Show was awarded to a 1983 GMC 1500 pickup truck owned by Scott Brouillard.
Liz and Bill Baynes, who live in Dayton, brought their 1965 Volkwagon single cab pickup truck. They also brought comfortable chairs, a coffee table and refreshments. Liz brought her current reading. They are auto show pros.
Cape Neddick resident Heidi Lumia converted a small 1994 Piaggio Ape “trucker” into a mobile party called the Runaway Bar, a mobile tap truck.
“We can serve beer, wine, kombucha, cocktails, basically anything you can put in a keg,” Lumia said. “We just launched it now as a business. We will come to you.”
While Bricker hosts the auto show as a fundraiser for boosters, it wasn’t hard to guess that he had at least one car eligible for the show. In fact, he has two.
“I’m not going in,” he said. “It wouldn’t be fair since I’ve been running the show. But I have a passion for cars, and when boosters were looking for a way to raise money, a car show seemed like the answer.”
Boosters President Annette Spencer said the auto show relied on a small army of volunteers, but it was a great fundraiser.
“We are grateful and delighted to be back here,” said Spencer. “This fundraiser serves two of our missions, the first being a fundraiser for York High School Athletics. The second is that this show serves to build a community spirit around youth athletics.”
Spencer said the Booster Club is looking to increase its membership. She said the best way to get involved and stay informed is through their social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Ben Turk of Lexington, Mass., Said his parents had a Volkswagen camper van until the day he blew up the engine.
“They may have replaced him,” he said. “I’m not sure. They replaced a lot of things to make it work over the years, in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. They traveled a lot. Their bus went twice to Alaska, California, across the country to Lexington for my wedding in 1986. “
The auto show was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the cars were still driving.
“We did six nursing home car parades,” said Bricker, adding that this year people seemed ready to bring back the annual tradition. “I think everyone has a COVID hangover and wants to go out and do something fun.”