Some are more poignant than others.
For years, Wayne and Susan Heinbaugh of St. Thomas, Pa., were fixtures in the car-show circuit.
They would polish up their purple and white 1979 and 1973 Corvettes until they sparkled, said the Heinbaughs’ son, Steve Heinbaugh.
But that stopped two years ago.
On Aug. 14, 2011, Wayne lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and Susan just couldn’t continue showing their cars without him.
So the cars stayed in the garage until the Antrim Brethren in Christ Church Cruz-in Car Show on Saturday.
Steve Heinbaugh is a member of the church and was thrilled to drive his late father’s Corvette out of the garage and watch his mother get back behind the wheel of her Corvette.
“Mom and dad used to go to shows all the time,” Steve Heinbaugh said while surrounded by his daughters, Casey Heinbaugh, 18, and Ashley Heinbaugh, 14.
Ron Gipe, chairman of the car show, said Saturday’s event was sponsored by the church’s men’s fellowship.
The event was a church outreach and a fundraiser for New Hope Shelter in Waynesboro, Pa., he said.
Gipe said there was no registration fee for car entries, and donations to the homeless shelter would be made through food sales at the car show as well as other donations.
“We wanted to pick a ministry that we thought was a great contribution to the culture in our society, and that’s why we chose New Hope,” Gipe said. “Some of the people who come to New Hope are living in their cars, and New Hope teaches them life skills so they can be self-sustaining.”
Friends Rusty Fox and Rick Valentine, both of Hagerstown, and Rick Kelbaugh of Fairplay roamed around the car show reminiscing.
Fox entered a 1988 Thunderbird Turbo that he’s owned for 15 years for Saturday’s car show.
Like most classic-car owners, Fox said he would have a hard time parting with his car.
“I don’t think it’s for sale,” he said without hesitation when asked what it would take to part with his Thunderbird. “It would have to be a lot of money before I’d sell it.”
Fox said it’s a link to his father because they purchased the car together when Fox was in his late 30s.
Kelbaugh understands the sentimentality of cars. He owns a muscle-car shop in Hagerstown.
“Most are sentimental because they are dads or uncles, and people want them restored back to their childhood,” he said.
He said it’s not just men who have connections to their past through cars.
“I just restored a ’66 Mustang for two women,” he said.