Q: What would make 130+ owners of classic cars, muscle cars, bikes and trucks sit at a car and bike show for over six hours in less-than-beautiful weather on a Saturday afternoon?
A: A worthy cause, a great family and special young lady that many of us never knew in person, but lives on in her spirit.
On Saturday, July 19th, the fourth annual “Man Up” Car and Bike Show at East Amherst Fire Dept. on Transit Rd. in Amherst drew more than 130 rides and their owners, as well as numerous car show fans on a rainy but never dreary afternoon – the fact that we were helping honor the memory of Meghan Redenbach brightened the day.
Young Meghan lost her battle with cancer on Christmas Eve in 2010, after battling the disease for two years. During her battle, the phrase “Man Up” became linked to this Royalton-Heartland student, and continues to be her catch phrase even after her passing. The car and bike show, along with concessions, basket raffles and 50/50 drawings, raises money for the Meghan Redenbach Memorial Fund – which awards a scholarship each year to a graduating senior – as well as Make-A-Wish and Carly’s Club. The show is put together by Meghan’s parents, Mike and Nancy, her brother Nick and numerous family members and friends.
I might be partial, but this was one of the best cars shows I’ve been to – in addition to the worthwhile cause, there was a wide variety of vehicles represented and an amazing selection of baskets and gift certificates in the raffle tent. Dad and I also had the Mustangs entered, and Dad took home a plaque for “Richie.”
|"Sally" (left) and "Richie" (right)|
Stay tuned for the date of next year’s show – it’s definitely worth the visit.
all photos: paulathompsonfreelance.com