MARIETTA - Several hundred people spent part of Father's Day viewing more than 70 vintage cars and trucks Sunday during the annual Marietta Noon Lions Club Bill Drayer Memorial Car Show at East Muskingum Park.
If there was a prize for which car enthusiasts traveled the farthest to attend the event, it would have had to go to Keith and Marie Wherry of Sydney, Australia, who just happened to be driving their 1912 Rolls Royce through town on Sunday.
"We're driving from Cleveland to Louisville, Ky., and had stopped in Marietta for some coffee when a man told us about a car show down the street, so we decided to stop in," said Marie Wherry. "This is a lovely town."
Photo by Sam Shawver
A 1912 Rolls Royce drew a lot of attention after owner Keith Wherry, of Sydney, Australia, decided to join the Marietta Noon Lions Club’s annual Bill Drayer Memorial Car Show at East Muskingum Park on Sunday.
Keith Wherry agreed, adding that the couple was especially impressed with the decorative flower baskets that hang along Front Street.
The Wherrys work in the hospitality industry and operate Simpsons of Potts Point Boutique Bed and Breakfast in New South Wales. Keith Wherry said they were going to visit their daughter in Louisville as well as attend an annual Rolls Royce car show there.
"This is the second time we've brought the Rolls from Australia," he said. "It takes about four weeks to ship it here, then we drive it down from Cleveland."
While the century-old Rolls Royce was a crowd-pleaser, there were plenty of other vehicles - old and new - to see during Sunday's car show. Noon Lions member Clint Holley said rare vehicles turn up at the car show now and then.
"One year a man brought a 1910 white Cadillac - I'd never seen one before," he said. "But what's really nice at these shows is seeing so many dads with their kids."
Larry Best, of Marietta, brought his 1967 Ford to Sunday's car show, along with wife, Maxine, and sons, Justin, 13, and Nathan, 9.
"He's had the car since before I knew him," Maxine Best said. "We're here about every year - this is his Father's Day treat - he can do what he wants today."
Rusty Higgins, 53, and his stepdad, Dale Weaver, 85, of Marietta, were showing a 1940 Mercury and 1941 Ford.
"Dad always worked on cars," Higgins said. "And when I was little I was always helping him out. He taught me everything he knew. You don't often see dads and sons working on cars anymore - I guess that's going away. But we still like tinkering with cars."
Mike Dennis, of Marietta, was sitting beside his yellow 1971 Dodge Dart Demon, waiting to meet his daughter, Sarah Dennis.
"It's something we do every Father's Day," he said. "I meet her here and we spend the afternoon together at the car show."
Marietta Noon Lions President Brenda Kornmiller said the car show is something nice for Father's Day.
"And the little kids' eyes light up when they see all the cars," she said. "It's really a great event for the entire family."
Funds raised from entry fees and concessions during the annual car show help support the Marietta Noon Lions Club program that buys eyeglasses for people who can't otherwise afford them. Holley said the club spends $10,000 to $12,000 annually for the eyeglasses program.
For more information, visit the mariettanoonlions.com website.