With Operation SEAs the Day’s Wounded Warrior Beach Week steadily approaching, many people in the community are doing their part to raise money for the effort.
“I just thought it would be a nice addition, a way to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and for Operation SEAs the Day,” said local Realtor and classic car enthusiast Allison Stine. “I know there are a lot of cars in this area. We see them all the time. I see them driving down the road. I don’t know where they’re all being stored, but they’re out there.”
Operation SEAs the Day is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “to organize and facilitate a beach-week event … 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 be held Sept. 2-7, bringing 30 soldiers and their families to Bethany Beach for a relaxing weekend.
Stine said that, once she heard of the event, she knew she wanted to help in some way.
“Last year, I was not as familiar with the event until after it was over. I was so touched by the stories I had read… I reached out to a very good friend of mine, Don Summerville, who was very involved in the event last year. He was telling me how wonderful it was — how the restaurants wouldn’t take any money, all the houses that had been donated. I heard stories about the families and what a great experience it was.”
On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., owners of all makes and models are invited to participate in the First Annual Cripple Creek Classic Car Show.
“The show is open to all makes, all models, all years. A lot of times, shows will be specific to classic cars, which are considered to be 25 years or older, but this show is open to all makes, all models, all years. There’s going to be a 2009 SRTH Challenger that’s registered. We’ll have a military Jeep on display.”
Pre-registration costs $12 per car, or the driver may register the day-of for $15. The event is free for spectators and open to the public.
“There will be entertainment with a D.J., and a 50-50 raffle. The club is going to be serving lunch on the patio. There’s going to be an opportunity for spectators to choose their favorite cars. That car will receive one of the awards — the People’s Choice Award,” she said. “And it’s a chance to see all of these cars in one location.”
Stine said a number of awards will be given out that day, at 1 p.m.
“We’re going to give some very nice awards. One of our veteran guests from Warrior Week last year is going to choose the Best in Show. He’s returning to help the new families navigate the week. He’s an experienced guest. … Each of our sponsors is going to choose a favorite car. Then we’re going to have the participants choose a car — the car owners themselves vote for their favorite car. And then we’ll have members of the public voting for their favorite cars.”
Stine participates in car shows all across the country and said it’s always fun meeting new car enthusiasts.
“I just came back from Niagara Falls with a car. It’s really all about meeting wonderful people. I have three classic cars. What I love about owning these cars are the people that we meet. We never fail to meet interesting people from all walks of life who just have this love affair with cars, as a common hobby. They come from all walks of life, all different professions — some retired, some still working, men, women. I travel all over the country with my cars. I use it as an opportunity to travel. I use it as an opportunity to see new places.”
The event is sponsored by Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, the Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team, the Law Offices of Scott & Shuman PA and the Allison Stine Team.
“I barely got the request out,” said Stine of the response to her appeal for sponsors. “Jeff Baxter and Billy Scott are two of the most generous people I know. They have always stepped up to the plate to help people. I barely had to ask.”
Stine said her love of cars started early, thanks to spending quality time with her father.
“I was raised as my father’s little boy, because he didn’t have a son. Part of being daddy’s little boy as a little girl was watching NASCAR. My dad was a big Richard Petty fan. We used to watch baseball, football, hockey and NASCAR together.
“So I loved cars. When I was a little girl, my dad used to sit me on his lap and let me steer the car and push the gas and brake,” she laughed. “I always had a fascination with driving cars.”
Later on in her youth, Stine was taught how to drive a tractor around her grandfather’s farm, with the help of her father.
“When I was about 13 or 14, I started borrowing my parents’ cars from time to time when they were away. I used to drive around Newark and pick up my friends. We would just go cruising in the car. I did that for several years, until I got my driver’s license.”
Stine currently owns a 2014 RS Camaro and a blue-with-white 1969 Z28 Camaro with a 302 motor, a 3:3 rear, Muncie 4-speed M21, with 61,0000 original miles.
“That car has been in the family in since 1975. It just completed a five-year frame-off, nuts and bolts restoration. It’s been restored to factory-original state,” she said, noting it was featured in Chevy Classics magazine.
On display at the event, Stine will have her yellow 1968 Road Runner with a 383 motor, a 3:23 rear, three-speed automatic, with a bench seat and shift on the column.
“It’s an unrestored original survivor car. It’s absolutely original, the way it came off the showroom floor — that makes it very rare,” she said, noting that the car has 70,000 original miles.
She also has a 1988 .75-ton Suburban with a 454 motor that she uses as her tow vehicle that will also be on display.
Stine is the chairperson of the Riverfront Camaro Show in Wilmington, Del., which just celebrated its 10th year. She said she is hopeful for a good turnout of participating vehicles for the first annual show to support Warrior Week.
“I’d like to see 80 cars. We would consider that to be an overwhelming success. I’m hopeful for 40. If I have 100, I’ll probably pass out,” she added with a laugh.
Stine said she hopes the community will do whatever they can to support the warriors and their families and will attend the car show in September.
“I just felt like it was a great way to get involved in this community event and to bring a new element to it; to give it a shot and see if it works. We’ve always been charitable. To me, this was just a nice way to do something in the community.”
To pre-register for the event, contact Stine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 381-5565. For more information about Operation SEAs the Day or to volunteer or donate, visit their website, at www.operationseastheday.org. Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club is located at 29494 Cripple Creek Drive near Dagsboro.