The Meeting of the Marques: 25 Years and Counting!

“I’ll take my Art to GO, if you please!”

Our 25th edition of The Meeting of the Marques is now history.  It was exactly 5 years ago that I had envisioned ‘The MoM’ occupying this very block of High Street during Harvest of the Arts.  On that Saturday in 2010 I saw a block that was barricaded but sat empty as HOT Arts still had 100 yards of growing to do to reach the West Street intersection…in need of a car show, indeed!  So 2015 was the big pay-off of that journey for ‘Artistry on Wheels’, to the delight of entrants and public alike.  As one of Central PA’s longest running car gatherings we have added many new friends from the over 20,000 attendees who filled this downtown venue.  

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

Perhaps it was our presence on High Street, or maybe it was that new people had just found us in our third year here, but the Motorshow venue was ‘buzzing with excitement’ throughout the entire day.  At times the street was SRO and elbow-to-elbow, surely a fulfilling scene for the MoM Team.  

At least two HOT Arts artisans joined us again this year, with their tools in hand, as our ‘art’ became theirs.  I witnessed a Rolls Royce and a Jaguar XK-120 being captured on paper/canvas (Donna Berk Barlup & Julie Riker).  Their resultant ‘master works’ are now in the collections of our Motorshow entrants. Let’s hope this dynamic continues and increases in 2016!  

Those of you who are new to ‘The MoM’ will notice our leaning toward the British vehicles, with clubs like the British Road Rovers Touring Assn. (BRRTA), the Central Pennsylvania Triumph Club and Mechanicsburg’s Rolls-Royce Foundation entering a dazzling selection of mobile force.  That is because they have been the cornerstone of our motorshow since its inception and, even as we have moved to incorporating the international sports car community, we want to remember our heritage and traditions dating back to our beginnings at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs.

We couldn’t have presented the MoM Festival without a dedicated team of volunteers and some great Sponsor and Contributors support.  Each one allows us to present MoM in very special ways so please applaud their efforts and support the businesses in return.  See our Sponsors page for the complete rundown. 

The Cumberland Valley Cruisers Car Club did another outstanding job of judging our Classes as the variety and quality of vehicles seem to make it tougher every year.  For their time and efforts we made a donation to the club’s 2015 charity, Hospice of Harrisburg. 

Our 2015 Meeting of the Marques Award Winners are:

British Classes

British Invasion (pre-1962) sponsored by Morgan Cars Mid-Atlantic - Lewisberry, PA

                        1st Place – 1958 MGA, Ron & Deb Shuey

                        2nd Place – 1957 Austin Healey 100-6, Elizabeth Brockman

Vintage British (1962 – 1970) sponsored by Steele Motors - Enola, PA

                        1st Place – 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8, Steve & Joy Caldwell

                        2nd Place – 1967 MGB, Lee Miller

Classic British (1971 – 1981) sponsored by European Imports - Maytown, PA

                        1st Place – 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam, Roman Artymyshyn

                        2nd Place – 1977 MGB, Mike Kugler

British Retreat (1982 – 1996) sponsored by Fine Line Auto Body - Carlisle, PA

                        1st Place – 1995 Bentley Brooklands, Rolls Royce Foundation

                        2nd Place – 1982 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit, Michael Deane

Contemporary British (1997 – Present) sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Harrisburg

                        1st Place – 2000 Jaguar XK8, Gary Graybill

International Classes

North American Class sponsored by Family Ford of Carlisle

                        1st Place – 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Jeff Kolodzi

                        2nd Place – 2000 Dodge Viper GTS, William Black

European Class sponsored by Sun Motor Cars BMW – Mechanicsburg, PA

                        1st Place – 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider, Jerry Dubiansky

                        2nd Place – 1982 Ferrari 308GTSi, Wayne & Terry Martin

Asian Class sponsored by Faulkner Subaru – Mechanicsburg, PA

                        1st Place – 1976 Datsun 280Z, Dave Wetzel

                        2nd Place – 1966 Datsun 1600, Martin Lind

Wild Card Class sponsored by Faulkner FIAT of Harrisburg

                        1st Place – 1939 Ford Hot Rod Truck, Glenn Snavely

Judges Class sponsored by Sigman’s Furniture Sales – Carlisle, PA (where we judged the Judges)

                        1st Place – 1948 Chevrolet Style Master, Josh Sigman

                        2nd Place – 1933 Chevrolet Master, Joe York

The ‘Best of British’ Founders Award was sponsored and chosen by the Market Cross Pub & Brewery – Carlisle, PA

                        1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, Dennis Dilger

Weldon Acres Trophy, Inc. of McKeesport, PA provided all of our outstanding awards and dash plaques so ‘thank you’ Mark Lenart.  

Your 2015 Leadership Team: Kathy Armstrong, Joe Bahret, Jim Chichi, Charlie Demmy, Steve Limbert & Van Webster

Joe Bahret – ‘Artistry on Wheels’ Motorshow Director

Van Webster – ‘Artistry in Motion’ Driving Tour Director

My goal is to constantly improve ‘The MoM’ for our entrants and the public, at least within the areas that we have control over.  It’s hopeful that our High Street location remains intact so that we can plan ahead and keep the motorshow fresh, like bringing back the British Motorcycle Class.  Your comments and observations of the event are always welcome.  Lastly, you don’t have to be an SVVSCC member to join our team, so just email me and let’s talk about next year!  

Stan Carpenter
The Meeting of the Marques Festival, Event Chairman

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