By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer
Editor’s note: To see more photos from the R&W Club Frederick Car and Motorcycle show, view the album on NCI at Frederick’s Facebook page.
On Sept. 24, the Building 549 parking lot was full of cars; however, unlike any regular work day, the spaces were filled with a variety of classic cars, street rods, motorcycles, and unique modern cars for display in the first car and motorcycle show hosted at NCI at Frederick.
The R&W Club Frederick hosted the event to give employees a chance to show off their cars and compete for prizes, for a good cause. Proceeds from the entry fees were donated to Special Love, a nonprofit organization that offers Camp Fantastic, a week-long camp for children living with cancer.
Dave Heimbrook, Ph.D., president, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., is credited with coming up with the idea for the car and motorcycle show, explained Amy Imming, a volunteer with R&W Club Frederick and one of the event’s organizers.
“I ride a motorcycle, and I had noticed a number of sports cars in the parking lot,” Heimbrook said. “Most ‘gearheads’ enjoy displaying and talking about their cars, so it seemed like it might be a fun thing to do.”
Heimbrook said all the credit goes to R&W Club Frederick members, who, along with Monica Slate, his administrative assistant, planned and organized the event.
R&W Club Frederick members could enter one vehicle into the car and motorcycle show for free. In addition, they enjoyed a free lunch from Sweet Lips BBQ.
About 95 people attended the event, which featured about 15 vehicles spanning many years. The oldest car was a 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe coupe. Two vehicles shared the title of being the newest: a 2014 Dodge SRT Viper and a 2014 BMW S1000RR motorcycle.
“The best part for me was watching everyone interact with each other,” Imming said. She said participants had pride in their vehicles, and she enjoyed watching the camaraderie between participants and attendees, regardless of their position at NCI at Frederick.
While there was no cost for attending the show as a spectator, attendees could donate $1 to Special Love for a chance to vote on their favorite vehicle in each of four categories: historic, newer/modern, street rods, and motorcycles. Each category awarded first- and second-place bragging rights, except street rods, which awarded only first place.
C. Jean Eyler, senior buyer, Leidos Biomedical Research, received first place for her vehicle, a 1991 Chevy K1500 truck. She said she has entered her truck in several hundred car shows.
“I like talking to people about their vehicles,” Eyler explained as to why she participates in car shows. Her favorite vehicle was the only winner in its category: a 1951 Ford English Panel street rod.
Eyler participated in the car and motorcycle show to help raise money for Special Love, and she said she would attend a future show.
Lenny Smith, clinical project manager II, Leidos Biomedical Research, said the 1951 Ford street rod was his favorite car, too. Smith, who has participated in three other car shows, scored first place in the newer car/truck category. He wanted to participate in this one because “it was a unique event at Fort Detrick,” he said, adding that he would definitely attend a future show.
Tracie Frederick, technology informationist, NCI at Frederick Scientific Library, attended the car and motorcycle show but did not submit an entry. “I thought this was a great idea for a new, unique R&W event,” Frederick said, adding that she wanted to encourage the club to host similar interactive events for the NCI at Frederick community. She said that the event was a clever way to raise funds for Camp Fantastic.
“I liked that staff could show a different side of themselves by sharing an interest outside of work,” Frederick said.
Imming said she hopes R&W Club Frederick will host another car and motorcycle show, or make it an annual event.
The club also wants future car shows to include the rest of the Fort Detrick community, Imming said.
Heimbrook said he hopes a future show brings more participants and spectators, adding, “I would also like to have everyone start up and rev their engines at the same time—see how much noise we can make!”
First place: C. Jean Eyler, 1991 Chevy K1500 truck
Second place: Geoff Seidel, 1990 Corvette convertible
First place: Lenny Smith, 2014 Dodge SRT Viper
Second place: Hoyt Matthai, 2008 Chevy Corvette
First place: Lisa Garland, 1951 Ford English Panel street rod
First place: Scott McNeil, 2014 BMW S1000RR
Second place: Dave Heimbrook, 2010 Triumph Thunderbird
John Britt, 1971 Ford Mustang
Gary Happel, 1965 Chevy Corvette
Ed Musial, 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee
Matt Nawn, 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe coupe
Luca Sardo, 1992 Corvette targa top
Hope Troxell, 1997 Corvette-Chevy
Rob Williams, 2008 Corvette Z06
Above image: Those who attended the R&W Club Frederick Car and Motorcycle Show on Sept. 24 had a chance to view a variety of classic cars, street rods, motorcycles, and unique modern cars.