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Classics Rule at Annual Duryea Day
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Writer

John Keesey makes some ajustments to his 1930 Model A Ford speedster before heading out on the road for a 25 mile drive home. Keesey built the car, which is designed as a light weight racer, himself.

                For 10 years, Joe Rogers' 1924 Lincoln Limousine sat in his garage. Last week, he took it for a ride. On Saturday, he put the vehicle on display at the 51st annual Duryea Day Antique and Classic Car Show in Boyertown.

                The vehicle, which includes a center divider, originally cost a little more than similar Cadillac or Packard models, according to Rogers.

                The Barto resident wouldn't say how much he paid for the classic vehicle. He called it a solid example of the Lincoln line. 

                "It still runs pretty good," said Rogers, 83. "It's in good condition."

                Rogers also entered three trucks in the show at the Boyertown Community Park: a 1923 GMC, a 1927 Lincoln and a 1928 Lincoln. He has been collecting old Lincolns for approximately 40 years.

                "Working on cars has always been a pleasant distraction," said Rogers, a retired plumber, who initially purchased a 1928 Model A Ford in 1948. "It's very relaxing. It's a passion."

                Another local exhibitor at Duryea Day, Tony Giamo, explained how he purchased a gray 1941 Cadillac Convertible Sedan.

                A retired real estate agent living in New Hanover, Giamo said he was looking for a convertible to drive with his wife Rita and his 11-year-old grandson Douglass Jones. 

                He discovered the vehicle in Merritt Island, Fla., and spent $51,000 to purchase it. 

                "It was a good deal," Giamo said. "Often cars like this go for six figures."

                Across the park, a Perkiomenville man showed his 1935 red Dodge truck with a B35 stake body. Joe Guarilia and his wife purchased the vehicle, in running condition, on June 20 for $2,200 with the intent of restoring it.

                Guarilia said they expect to spend the same amount on the work, which should be completed by the spring.

                "I've been coming to this show for several years, and I love it," he said. "So I wanted to come here as an exhibitor. It's been a lot of fun."

                The car show – which attracted 627 cars, trucks and motorcycles – honors the Dile Motor Car Company, which Irvin Lengel and his partner Frank Dick started in Reading in 1914, according to Kendra Cook, curator of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. The museum organizes the annual event with the Pottstown Region of the Antique Automobile Club.

                The Dile Motor Car Company built 30 vehicles before going bankrupt in 1917, according to Cook.

                She said the Dile was supposed to be an affordable, no frills alternative to Henry Ford's Model T.  "But the Dile never reached those heights," Cook wrote in an email.

                According to the curator, the cars Lengel's company built cost nearly $200 more than the Model T because Dile never mastered the art of the assembly line and mass production like Ford.

                Furthermore, WWI rationing cut into Dile's capabilities to produce, according to Cook.

                The museum's collection includes a bright yellow Dile 1914 Model A Sports Roadster with a black roof that sold for $650.





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