The 53rd Annual Old Timer’s Day of Selbyville is only a week away, and by the looks of things, it’s gearing up to be one of the best ones yet. On June 20, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., families can enjoy live entertainment, games, vendors and the heavily anticipated Old Timer’s Car and Truck Show.
“Just in this past week alone, we’ve seen a lot more interest than we expected,” said Selbyville town secretary and event co-coordinator Debbie McCabe. “People have been very active this week with sign-ups, and we’re over what we were last year at this time for the car and truck show.”
The show will exhibit classic automobiles, including police and emergency vehicles and tractors, as well. The event is free to the public, but it’s the free entry that’s got some others excited.
“Most people who are in active car clubs know the price that comes with it,” said Charles Appler of Millsboro, who will be bringing in his 1936 Ford tow truck, equipped with a 5,000-pound hand crank and a one-ton chain hoist. “A lot of local shows require a sign-up charge and when you go to the bigger ones, they’ll charge $50 to $100, and that can really add up. The Car and Truck Show at Old Timer’s Day is enjoyable because it’s laid-back, and it doesn’t cost anything to enter.”
Appler, who’s worked on automobiles since the late 1960’s and is a member of several antique car clubs, reconstructed his Ford to replicate the tow trucks that were converted out of pickups, before today’s traditional ones came about that required proper lighting and safety hookups.
“There’s definitely been a change in the sport over the years,” said Appler, who’s frequented the fairgrounds of Timonium, Md., and York, Pa., for shows. “Street rods as we know them today got popular in the 1970’s, but hot rods were getting big in the ’30s.”
Shows like the one in Selbyville not only give the chance for enthusiasts to show off their prized possessions and educate others, but it gives some the chance to relive the days when they were younger.
“The reason these shows are so popular,” Appler said, “is because it gives people the chance to go back, when the ultimate goal was to obtain driver’s license for that ’55 Chevy, or the ’47 Fleetwood. Cars back then weren’t even $100. Any money left over, you’d go down to the soda shop or out to a movie with your date. That’s how a lot of the appreciation for these cars and that era got started. Our generation is becoming what the Model T guys were 40 years ago.”
Registrations for the Car and Truck Show are now being accepted at the Selbyville Town Hall and will continue on Old Timer’s Day, from 9 a.m. until noon. Judging of the automobiles will take place from noon until 2 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. in front of the Town Hall.
The top 30 automobiles will be awarded plaques. A mayor’s choice award includes a $100 cash prize. Door prizes and raffles will be given throughout the day, with plenty of activities for kids, including pony and fire engine rides, games, food and crafts. In addition to local musician Cathy Gorman, Old Timer’s Day welcomes a DJ this year, too.
“The cars are what I really look forward to,” said Richard Reed, who helps coordinate the event. “I’m a classic car collector myself, and that’s one of the main reasons I agreed to help take it over.”
“Richard has been such a great help with everything,” said McCabe of Reed. “Our sponsors have also done a great job and been very supportive. Without them, none of this would be possible.” The non-profit event is solely focused on letting people have a good time and show them the town.
“It’s a lot of fun for the whole family,” McCabe said.
For more information, stop by the Selbyville Town Hall at 68 West Church Street or call (302) 436-8314. Additional information is available on the town’s Web site, at www.townofselbyville.com.