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Huntington Congregational Church Rolls Out Classic Cars For Shelton Show

Wally Anderson of Southington, stands beside his 1950 Chevy.
Wally Anderson of Southington, stands beside his 1950 Chevy. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Many vintage cars are lined up at the fourth annual car show at the Huntington Congregational Church in Shelton.
Many vintage cars are lined up at the fourth annual car show at the Huntington Congregational Church in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Over 80 cars fill up the parking lot of the Huntington Congregational Church in Shelton.
Over 80 cars fill up the parking lot of the Huntington Congregational Church in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Vintage cars are lined up throughout the parking lot.
Vintage cars are lined up throughout the parking lot. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Many different types of older cars could be seen throughout the day.
Many different types of older cars could be seen throughout the day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A red Dodge Charger is one of the stars of the show.
A red Dodge Charger is one of the stars of the show. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A group of people pose beside one of the cars.
A group of people pose beside one of the cars. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Many hoods are propped open to show off the engine.
Many hoods are propped open to show off the engine. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A group of ladies enjoy the sunny day under the shade during the car show.
A group of ladies enjoy the sunny day under the shade during the car show. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
There are many cars to view throughout the day.
There are many cars to view throughout the day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

SHELTON, Conn. -- Classic car fans turned out in droves Sunday as the Huntington Congregational Church in Shelton honored its late organist with the for the fourth annual Bruce E. Hartel Memorial Car Show.

Hartel passed away four-and-a-half years ago from a brain tumor, said his wife, Robin Hartel, who created the show in his memory.

"He was a car fanatic and wanted to do this for the church, but never got to do it," she says.

Over 80 cars invaded the parking lot of the church at 19 Spring St. to support the good cause. "It was good to see the turnout of the event," says Robin Hartel, who is now the coordinator of the event.

The owners staked out spots next to their classic cars, greeting participants as they checked out the wheels. All of the autos on display were from 1986 or before.

The cars lined up in the lot behind the church included Chargers, Mustangs, Camaros, Prowlers, Challengers and much more.

First-, second- and third-places prizes were handed out for people's choice awards to the favorite cars.

Throughout the day, food and drink was available for purchase. "We seemed to do a lot better in the donations this year then we have in the previous years," Hartel said.

The donations from the day were split between the Huntington Congregational Church Bruce E. Hartel Memorial Organ Fund and the American Cancer Society.

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