Cars and stories abound at Pumpkin Run Nationals

October 10th, 2010    Author: Brett A. Roller    Filed Under: News

The Pumpkin Run Nationals brought thousands of gearheads to Owensville last weekend for the 35th annual Pumpkin Run Nationals.

The annual event draws a staggering array of Detroit beauties dating back at least 40 years with a few foreign cars sprinkled in for variety’s sake.

“We had a great weekend with a lot of nice cars,” Fastiques Rod and Custom of Southern Ohio’s President Dan Gavey said. “We had some really neat stuff. The weather kept some of the crowd away but everything still went very well.”

The 2,710 cars registered in the show were just as unique as their owners. Owners like Jack Ellerhorst of Amelia who was proudly showing off his 1969 Camaro Z28 for the first time.

Ellerhorst bought the classic muscle car 10 years ago and has been slowly restoring it year by year. After rebuilding the original engine, transmission, and rear end he had the silver car repainted to its original LeMans blue. A complete overhaul of the brake system last year and the beautiful Camaro was ready to ride again.

"It's a great feeling bringing something back to life," Ellerhorst said. "I'm already thinking about my next project car."

Each owner had his own story to tell. Stories full of nostalgia and hard work. William Davis of Batavia was showing a car he bought in July for the first time, though it was by no means new to him. Davis's 1957 Chevy Bel Air was purchased new by his uncle William Davis in 1957 and has been in the family ever since. The car has most of the original parts. Davis purchased the car from his uncle's estate after he died in March.

"I can remember going for rides in it as a kid," Davis said.

The three day event is put on by the Owensville based Fastiques club at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. In addition to being a great venue for some beautiful cars, Fastiques also raises funds for local charities.

Gavey said the club raised $610,000 for Shriner's Hospital and will also donate a mini-van to the hospital that will be made available for out-of-town families visiting their children. The club raises additional funds for the Shriner's through the Hillbilly Clan of Earth Angels. They also donate to St. Rita's School for the deaf and the James Sauls Sr. Homeless Shelter.

"We try to help out whenever anything happens in the community," Gavey said. "We're always looking for a way to give back."

Gavey said the 47 Fastiques members will be taking a week off, then they'll go right back to planning next year's Pumpkin Run.
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