SPARTA, NJ – Muscle cars, motorcycles and mean machines graced the parking lot of Sussex County Technical School Saturday, in a  fundraising event that benefitted Project Graduation for the Class of 2015, and many of the shops. 

“The whole community was involved in this event,” said Rhodi Teufert, the school's PTA President, who chaired the event. “The school, the people from the community, our sponsors, the parents, everybody all pulled together on this. If we hadn’t had clouds, we would have had a packed lot here. These car guys, they see one cloud, they stay home.” 

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Even so, with 32 cars, they considered it a success, and so did the people who just came to watch.

“My girlfriend hates cars,” said Burt Trattner from Hamburg, grinning. “But she’s busy today, so I came out by myself to enjoy the show.  It’s a lot of fun.”

Many of the vehicles exhibited were owned by Sussex County Technical School families.  For example, Callie Teufert, sophomore in the Engineering Shop, also part of the Tennis Club, and her father, Charley, won Favorite Custom Car for their 1957 Camaro.

Don Spence, came out from Long Island and won Show Favorite Bike for his 1959 Harley Davidson FL, at the invitation of his nephew.

Both the People’s Choice Award and the Classic Bike Award went to Jeff Kuchta, a sophomore in the CAD shop, and his father for the 1947 Indian. 

“I bought the bike in the early ‘70’s,” said Jeff Kuchta, Sr. “And rode it for a number of years before I put it away. My son had this car show coming up, and he convinced me to dig it out. We worked on it and got it running. It was relatively easy considering it sat for so long.”

“I’ve got another 1939 Indian at home, it needs to be restored," he continued, as he smiled. "We are going to fix it, and then ride them together. Where will they go? To more shows."

“It’s the only thing I’ve ever won,” he added. 

It is also the only show he has ever entered.

Since the Mustang is the school's mascot, there was a special Mustang category. Ken Meseker won this with his 1968 Mustang Fastback.

Nick Pastore, owner of The Blacksmith Cycle Shop in Sussex donated a very unique hand crafted, welded trophy for the Best Craftsmanship category. This was awarded to Bill Sharpe for his 1961 Harley Davidson.  The handmade trophy inspired Rhodi Teufert to ponder the possibility of having the shops create the trophies for next year. 

The students played a big role in the event. The Business Club had a table and sold water and cider. 

“We are saving for shop sweatshirts,” said Emily McKean.

The Tennis Club sported their uniforms while they delivered the prizes to the Tricky Tray winners. The pizza, sold at the bakery, benefitted the Tennis Club, while the breads and pastries benefitted the Bakery Fund. Chef Chad Gasiorek explained that once a year, they take a trip to the Culinary Institute of America, for lunch and to tour the school. They also visit an ice carving house, called Crystal Cabin Fever, in Lakeville, Pa., near Lake Wallenpaupack, to see how the ice is made.  And for those who volunteer faithfully throughout the year, a Broadway show and dinner in the city is the prize.

Charles Keppler, a sophomore who transferred into the new Law and Public Safety program, helped out at the registration table.

The Auto Services Shop supervisor Mr. Mackey, along with student Brian Elflein, and others, played the role of judging the show.

The 50/50 benefitted Project Graduation for the class of 2015.

The Tricky Tray prizes mostly had car-related themes.  STS Tire, Newton, donated a free wheel alignment; Sussex Bank, Montague, donated a backpack chair, which could be useful at car shows; Toyota World, Newton, Midas, Newton and Newton Firestone each donated a free oil change; HobbyTown USA donated a model car kit; Hinkley Auto Sales, Newton donated $150 towards detailing; The Chatterbox donated several $20 gift certificates to the restaurant; Chuck’s Car Wash, and Mr. Bubble’s Car Wash donated free car washes; Level 10 Transmissions donated a T Shirt; Minerals Spa at Crystal Springs, Hamburg, donated a three month membership; and the Franklin Sussex Auto Mall donated a DVD player.

Max Arocho, Instructor from Rider Ed was available to register participants for the motorcycle safety class. He highly recommended his class to all students planning to ride a motorcycle or even moped.  It is a two full day class, priced at $275.

Interim Superintendent Tony Macerino was on hand to help out and enjoy the show.

There were many winners:

Special Interest, donated by Craig Glass:  Jim Haggerty for his 1969 Chevy Nova, a pro-street Drag car with 735 HP, which he drives at Island Dragway, in Hackettstown/Great Meadows, N.J.

Favorite Truck, donated by Mr. Rooter, Plumbing: George Bauckham for his 1947 Ford

Favorite Engine: Ken Maseker for his 1967 Chevelle SS

Favorite Wheels, donated by Tire King, Newton: Scott Both for his 1969 Ford Mustang GT

Favorite Paint on Car, donated by Town II Auto Body, Sussex: Bob Bird for his 1968 Camaro SS

Favorite Paint on Bike, donated by Motorcycle Madness: Bill Sharpe for his 1961 Shovelhead Harley Davidson

Favorite Custom Bike, donated by:  Glen Keller for his 1996 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

Favorite Muscle Car, donated by Lost in Time Car Club: Ken Meseker for his 1967 Chevelle SS

Sockhop Special, donated by the Chatterbox: Arthur Hahn for his 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Favorite Old Timer, donated by Thompson: Steve Krozser for his 1934 Ford Coupe

Show Favorite: Bob Bird for his 1968 Camaro SS