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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 12, 2018
Sedgwick Car Show roars into Blue Hill Fairgrounds

A 1929 Mercedes Replica

Chris Kravitt of Waltham shows his “Kit Car,” a replica of a 1929 Mercedes SSK. Kravitt says this car was designed to use a 1972 Ford Pinto engine.

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by Franklin Brown

Seventy degree temperatures and a slight breeze provided the perfect weather for the 2018 Sedgwick Car Show, held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 7. Spectators walked the fairgrounds to view well known and rare models of cars and trucks.

Vintage car owners and collectors came to display their antique cars, trucks and street rods. Some vehicles were custom built, others modified, and a few were replicas of a specific car model (kit cars). A few motorbikes also showed up.

The car show, organized by the Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department, is now in its 17th year.

“It’s a good fund raiser,” firefighter Dick Doane said.

The money raised by the show will be used to help purchase equipment needed by the volunteer fire department, and for training, Doane said, explaining that gear for one firefighter can cost as much as $2,000. One important item, Doane said, is breathing apparatuses, which cost up to $850 and have to be replaced every 15 years. Doane also said that the department needs new hoses and other tools for a new fire engine the department recently purchased.

Sixteen sponsors purchased trophies for Saturdays show and 10 more sponsors purchased air time on local radio stations to promote the show, allowing all money made from the show to go towards equipment.

Everyone paid a fee to enter and each was given a ballot to vote in 17 categories, including Pre-1932 to the Present, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Trucks and Foreign, just to name a few. Trophies for each of the categories were awarded at the end of the show which ran until 3 p.m.

30 Years in a Barn

Yvan Dupuy of South Blue Hill did 50 percent of the work on his 1962 Triumph TR-4. The vehicle, which sat in a barn for 30 years, came from Phoenix, Ariz. Dupuy worked on the engine block, replaced hoses and did the engine bay restoration. The car has its original engine, chrome, bumper and wiring harness.

Photo by Franklin Brown
A 1929 Mercedes Replica

Chris Kravitt of Waltham shows his “Kit Car,” a replica of a 1929 Mercedes SSK. Kravitt says this car was designed to use a 1972 Ford Pinto engine.

Photo by Franklin Brown
Used at Pearl Harbor

Robert and Marilyn Croul stand next to their 1936 Ford Woody Wagon, Model 68790. This vehicle, which the Crouls have owned for two years is all original. The first owner, a U.S. Navy captain in Hawaii, purchased it in 1935 and owned it until 2001. The Navy captain used it to evacuate injured victims during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The vehicle was sold in 2001 and restored in California and Pennsylvania.

Photo by Franklin Brown
Everything But The Paint

Ken Taplin of Blue Hill who has restored 30 cars stands next to his 1947 Hudson which came from a junk yard in Rhode Island. Taplin did everything but the paint on this truck. The engine is a rebuilt 1953 Superwasp 6 cylinder.

Photo by Franklin Brown
All Original Interior

Patrick Moroney of Sedgwick stands next to his 1965 convertible Ford Mustang. Moroney had the work done on his car by Cool Customs in Orland and Automotive Elegance in Bucksport.

Photo by Franklin Brown