Charity car show benefits the Home of the Brave

HARRINGTON — Corvettes lined the parking lot outside of the event hall at the Delaware State Fairgrounds Saturday morning during First State Corvette Club’s charity car show.

Chatty Reed, chairperson for the event, said 100 cars participated in the judged car show with an additional 26 Corvettes from club members which were not judged.

The show, benefiting the Home of the Brave in Milford, ran from 10 a.m. until about 2 p.m. and included cars of a variety of makes and models.

Dover resident Phil Barkins brought along a car he worked for years to restore.


Ollie Maddrey enjoys showing his 1939 Chevy. The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

He says his 1931 Buick Blackhawk was originally built for his motherin- law and uncle-in-law at a family farm in Philadelphia.

“It’s like an original Gator. They would haul milk cans and chickens around the farm with it,” he said.

After its heyday, it sat in a garage “unloved and unused” for 40-50 years.

“We brought it home one January and they asked if I could get it done by Easter? I said, ‘You’re nuts.’ It took a lot of help, but it was a lot of fun to restore,” he said.

Mr. Barkins brought along photos of his wife’s family using the car around the farm to add an interesting spin.

Phil Barkins with his "original gator." The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Phil Barkins with his “original gator.” The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

Many of the cars displayed placards, pictures and other displays, touting achievements and family history.

Ollie Maddrey of Camden also came out to the show in style with his 1939 Chevy.

Like many others in attendance, Mr. Maddrey fully restored his vehicle.

“Everything was original,” he said of when he acquired the car ten years ago. “But it wasn’t drivable. It was drivable, but uncomfortable. So I fixed that and made it look nice, too.”

Those in attendance could purchase food at Bonz Restaurant’s food truck positioned near the show. Entertainment was provided by a DJ throughout the show.

A silent auction offered more items to enjoy to the more than 400 attendees.

“It’s a beautiful day and we love a good car show,” Mr. Reed said. “Take some time to look around. You’ll surely find something new to you.”

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