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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