For the third year in a row, local Realtor Allison Stine is organizing the Cripple Creek Classic Car Show to support Operation SEAs the Day.
“We decided to hold the car show as a way to combine our hobby and the ability to raise money for operation SEAs the Day. After we read about it the first year, we knew we wanted to help in some way.”
According to its website, the mission of Operation SEAs the Day is “to organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”
This year, Warrior Beach Week will run Sept. 6-11 and give 25 wounded veterans and their families the opportunity to enjoy a beach vacation.
The first Cripple Creek Classic Car Show was held in 2014 and had more than 130 cars on the show field.
“That’s a big number for a first-year car show. I’ve been involved in car shows for nearly 10 years, and what happened after our first show was unbelievable. I just went back through and reread the emails that poured in from the participants after the first show. They really, really enjoyed it, they loved the venue — it was great. The cars were spectacular, and the cause was spectacular.”
This year’s car show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, with day-of registration beginning at 9 a.m. at the cost of $15 per car.
“We welcome all makes, all models, all years. Tractors, cars, trucks,” said Stine. “If the weather is kind, this will be our biggest show to-date. I think we can exceed 150 cars. We have great preregistration already.”
Spectators may attend the event for free and will be shuttled from the parking area to the show field via golf cart.
Judging will begin at 11 a.m., with the awards presentation at 1 p.m.
“Our lead judge is one of the returning wounded veterans from previous years. He will award the overall Best in Show,” she said. “In addition to that, each of our sponsors will choose a car; Ron Gray chooses a car. We have a celebrity, Tom Haug, who was the voice of the Cecil County Dragway in the 1960s — he’ll choose a car. The Cripple Creek club president chooses a car. The spectators and participants all choose cars. We have quite a few awards.”
This year, the Seaside Railroad Club will be at the show with one of their model train displays.
“The military Jeep and reenactors from Fort Miles are there every year. They’re great supporters of the show. The Delaware Natural Resources Police Honor Guard will be back again this year to present the colors of the flag. They’re amazing; they’re a great group,” she added.
The first 200 cars registered will receive dash plaques, which Stine has donated herself.
“This year is the first year we’re doing dash plaques. It’s a common thing you get at a car show. We’ve never really done them before, because they cost money and we’re all about the charity. I think car owners who go to car shows expect them and like them. So, this year, we have dash plaques for the first 200 cars.”
Golf tournament, sponsors support cause
Along with the car show, a number of members at Cripple Creek have also started a golf tournament to support Operation SEAs the Day.
“This is a really great story… The first year, it was a group of golfers who regularly played during that Saturday morning when we did the car show. I reached out to them because I was concerned that we were going to disrupt their ability to park. We wanted to make them aware that this was going to be going on and that the club would be very busy.
“In response to that, they passed the hat and raised over $3,000. They came up to me in the middle of the car show and handed me a big pile of cash.”
Stine said that, between the car show and the golf tournament donations, close to $10,000 has been donated to OSD, with some being sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Stine, a car enthusiast who has participated in many shows, said it’s great to be able to give back to such a worthy cause in the community where she lives and works.
“I’ve been involved in the real estate/rental business for many years, and in other car shows I’ve been involved with, they’ve benefitted different military-type charities. But to be able to donate something that’s so local and be in the community and see the outpouring of support from the restaurants, homeowners, the board members, and to actually be able to interact with the families while they’re here, to hear from them what this means to them… This charity is amazing. I think if you speak to them, they will tell you they have a constant stream of people who want to come out and support this charity. It’s really amazing.”
This year, Stine will be showing her 2015 SS Camaro Indianapolis 500 pace-car, No. 42.
“It famously carried Marco Andretti in the driver parade,” she said. “It’s also the parade car that will carry the grand marshal for the Heroes’ Parade on Friday evening.”
Stine said the show would not be possible without its sponsors, Jeff Baxter Mortgage Banking, Billy Scott of Scott & Schuman, the Coastal Point, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, and the Allison Stine Team—Long and Foster Real Estate. She added that Bill Smith donates his D.J. services and the show’s website is donated and run by Jordan Katon.
“They’re the ones who allow us to give all of the proceeds to the organizations.”
For more information about the Cripple Creek Car Show, visit www.cripplecreekcarshow.com. Those with questions or who wish to preregister may email Allison Stine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 381-5565.