- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001


Antique-car aficionados who attended the Out of the Past Revue Sunday went to the ballot box and when the show was over and the votes tallied there were no hanging chads.

The crowd selected as its favorite car a gleaming white 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster owned by Frank Spellman of Chevy Chase. His car was featured May 1, 1998, in The Washington Times.

First runner-up in the balloting was the 1939 Ford Standard Station Wagon, which appeared in AutoWeekend last Friday. The wood-bodied station wagon is owned by Dave Westrate of Oakton.

Second runner-up was a 1968 Pontiac Firebird convertible, which appeared in AutoWeekend Nov. 28, 1997. Jack Loria shared the trophy with original owner Clancie Melton.

More than 130 gorgeous antique automobiles were displayed on the grounds of Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean. The owners of the cars, voting among themselves, selected as their favorite car at the show a 1919 Pierce-Arrow model 48-B5 Roadster.

The Pierce-Arrow is a fixture at Tudor Place, a Georgetown historic house, and was the subject of a feature story in AutoWeekend on June 8, 2001. Tudor Place Foundation Registrar Karin Johnston and Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell exhibited the car.

A late arrival at the Sunday show was also the oldest car in attendance, a 1909 Mitchell owned by Dareld Houstman of Southeast. That car appeared in the newspaper May 29, 1992.

Photographs of cars at the 13th Out of the Past Revue appear on page E11 of today's Washington Times print paper.

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