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Best of the best at "Romancing the Chrome" car show

The best in classic cars were on display at the Romancing the Chrome car show held in Jarrettsville, Maryland.
The best in classic cars were on display at the Romancing the Chrome car show held in Jarrettsville, Maryland.
David L Jennings

Car enthusiasts, collectors, and those who share America's love of the automobile had a perfect day for the 3rd Annual Romancing the Chrome car how. This is one of the first, and largest Spring car shows, in Northeastern Maryland, featuring nearly 250 cars and trucks. Over 2000 people walked Jarretts's Field in Jarrettsville, Maryland enjoying the polish and chrome on April 12, 2014.

Romancing the Chrome is sponsored by the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club. This year's event, held at Jarrett's Field in Jarrettsville, Maryland featured something for everyone to appreciate. From the triple Delorean gull wing classics to custom cars, military vehicles, antiques, hot rods and rat rods.

Each car and truck at the show has an interesting story, which adds to the enjoyment of car shows. Some stories detail the restoration process or the family history of a car. One such story was the rarity of a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Ramp-side truck on display. This unique truck has a standard bed and tailgate but also includes a hinged gate on the passenger side of the truck that could be lowered to form a ramp to the cargo area. Less than 400 were produced in 1962.

There were fourteen categories for those interested in having their autos judged while other cars were for display only. Winners in each category were judged as best in their class with one, Dave Warner, being recognized as "Best in Show" with his custom 1948 Studebaker Truck/Roadster. Other winners were:

Domestic 1993 and up: Ralph Hatton – 2006 Cadillac XLR

Foreign 1993 and up: Mike Davis – 2000 BMW 323CI

Muscle car 1993 and up: Mark Gogots – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro

Imports/tuners: Mark Walters – 2006 Honda Civic Si

Custom (1949-1992): Jessica Kilby – 1950 Chevrolet pickup

Street rod: Bill Youngworth – 1935 Chevrolet coupe

Historic (pre-1949): Edward Cockey – 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Muscle car, Mopar: Dave Shaw – 1966 Dodge Coronet

Muscle car, Ford: Bob Johnson – 1968 Shelby GT500 KR

Muscle car, GM: Bob Baxter – 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Jeep/truck/SUV (pre-1992): Ross Gilbert – 1964 Chevrolet pickup

Jeep/truck/SUV (post-1993): Wayne Simms – 2006 Ford pickup

Stock (1949-1992): John Maners – 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Foreign (pre-1992): George Hubbard – 1959 Mercedes 190SL

Best in Show: Dave Warner, 1948 Studebaker Truck/Roadster