Car enthusiasts find plenty to like at Downtown Oxford Car Show
By Steven Hoffman
Paul Zuk noticed that a man and a woman had stopped to admire his 1967 Sunbeam Tiger.
“It looks better with the top down,” Zuk told them.
No further explanation was needed. A light rain was falling during the first hour of the sixth annual Downtown Oxford Car Show last Friday, but the rain did not dampen the spirits of the car enthusiasts. Zuk and the other car owners couldn’t put the tops down on their cars, but it was still a very fun event for car lovers throughout the region.
The car show featured a wide array of stunning vintage cars, sleek sports cars, trucks, and motorcycles—plenty to please any car enthusiast.
Zuk, a resident of New London Township, loves being able to display the Sunbeam, which he has owned for about 30 years. He did extensive work on the car, which was only completed about three years ago. Now, he likes to take his car out to two or three car shows a year. It’s a good opportunity to talk to other people who love automobiles.
He estimates that it took about three years to fully restore the car, once he got serious about it. Zuk’s Sunbeam has about 100,000 miles on it. It still has the original engine, but that has been rebuilt. It took a lot of time and effort to get the car into the condition it is in today, but it was a labor of love. Now that the work is accomplished, he can just enjoy the car.
“I think we’re going to just drive it and enjoy it,” he said.
The car show attracted both car owners and visitors from throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.
Dave Yunghans traveled from Cape May Point, New Jersey to showcase his car, a beautiful 2002 Mercedes Benz SLK 320.
“I bought the car about seven years ago,” he said, explaining that he loves convertibles, and at the time he didn’t have one. Yunghans estimated that he has owned 10 or 11 convertibles in his lifetime.
He purchased the Mercedes Benz with about 16,000 miles on it, and now it has about 35,000 miles so it is very gently used and lovingly cared for. As the rain tapered off, Yunghans was gently wiping the car dry.
As much as he loves the Mercedes Benz, he is now looking to sell the car. “I love cars and I bought another one,” he explained with a grin. His new car is a Tesla Model 3.
Yunghans said that he really enjoyed the Oxford Car Show.
“This is fun,” he said. “It’s a good show. There are a lot of good cars here.”
One car that Yunghans liked seeing roll into town was a 1966 or 1967 GTO. He had a car just like it when he was in high school.
Zuk is also a big fan of the car show in downtown Oxford.
“This event is awesome,” he said. “It’s so family-oriented. It’s a very nice time.”
Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. unveiled the list of winners at the sixth annual Downtown Oxford Car Show. They include the following:
First place: Joe Troili, 1970 Chevelle 396 SS Convertible
Second place: Mark McFadden 1965 Shelby Cobra
Third place: Warren Shortell Jr. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
Truck Best of Show: Kery Lawrence 1967 Ford F100.
Bike Best of Show: Edward Burkhart 1979 Honda CBX
First Friday Unique Pick: Mike Drueding 1946 Ford tow truck
In addition to the beautiful cars, the First Friday event also featured plenty of fun, including live music, vendors, and lots of food.