Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car show 

Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Club

We are submitting our story about the Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Club’s 21st annual fundraiser for our local hospices and several important community organizations.  We hope that your paper will find it worthy enough to publish in your Community News section.

The Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Show “under the lights” took place on September 24th from 4 to 7:30 p.m.  This is our 21st Annual show to raise funds to support:  The Chesapeake Foundation which has joined with the Hospice of Charles County, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Hospice and Calvert Hospice.  Also, this fundraiser supports: Angels Watch (battered men, women and children), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Baden Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD which has supported our meetings and shows there at Baden for years.) We take pride in how our hobby through this annual fundraiser makes things better for others.

It was the rodders of Prince Georges, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties that supported this fundraiser with the participation of 150 registered rods and motorcycles. The HardRock’s DJ Service with Bob Hartman, , and our food vender, Texas Ribs of Clinton, who rounded out our Friday evening surrounded by beautiful rods competing for the Best of Show Trophy won by Kathy Reents of Davidsonville with her outstanding ’57 Chevy BelAir Convertible and many other trophy awards that were won as follows:

Top 35 Picks with Trophies Sponsored by and won by:

Ed’s Plant World – Donald Nielsen’s ’34 Chevy Sedan Master

Ed’s Plant World – Bill Jones’ ’73 Chevy Monte Carlo

Ed’s Plant World – Randy Smith’s ’52 Chevy Pick-up

Ed’s Plant World – Bob Poole’s ’66 Chevy Impala

Ed’s Plant World – John Matthews’ ’66 Chevy Chevelle

Ed’s Plant World – Pat Wood’s ’66 Chevy Chevelle

Ed’s Plant World –Dale Antosh’s ’49 Chevy Sedan Delivery (Very Rare)

Ed’s Plant World –Jennifer Pannovzo  ‘s ’70 Chevy Chevelle

Ed’s Plant World – Mike Whelan’s 2005 Dodge Daytona

Ed’s Plant World – Chester Martin’s 2002 Roush Mustang

United Rentals – Chris‘ ’87 Buick Grand National

United Rentals – Gary Showalter’s ’67 Chevy Camaro

United Rentals – John Cross’ ’73 C-10 Pick-up

United Rentals – Jimmy Herriman’s ’67 Chevy Camaro

United Rentals – Wayne Robey’s ’71 Chevy Corvette

United Rentals – Patrick Butler’s ’69 Ford Boss 429 Mustang

Brandywine Auto Parts – Wade McHaffey’s ’27 Ford Roadster

Brandywine Auto Parts – Kathy Lorence’s ’67 Chevy Chevelle

Brandywine Auto Parts – Thomas Wood’s ’35 Ford Pick-up

Brandywine Auto Parts – William Oliff’s ’64 Chevy Impala

Ginny Gregory – James Rader’s ’67 Chevy El Camino

Ginny Gregory – Jennifer Shepherd’s 2020 Dodge Challenger

Amber’s Disposal – Allen Latimer’s 2020 Dodge Red Eye Hell Cat

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Pam Kreuz’s ’73 Ford Mustang

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Ricky Greer’s “71 Plymouth Road Runner

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Dwayne Milstead’s ’70 Dodge Challenger

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Cassy Staples’ 2020 Chevy Camaro 2SS

MCM, LLC – Norman Burch’s ’65 Dodge Cornet

And other trophy winners in the top 35 were:

  • Butch Bastain’s ’68 Chevy Camaro
  • Edward Hong’s ’71 Dodge Demon 340
  • Thomas Buchanan’s ’33 Ford Sedan
  • Patrick Strain’s ’69 Chevy Corvette
  • James Apperson’s ’68 Plymouth Road Runner
  • Jimmy Downs’ ’70 Chevy Chevelle
  • Tim LaJoice’s 2005 Dodge Magnum

Next our SPECIAL AWARD winners with their sponsor were as follows:

Best Chevy – Karlton Morris’ ’68 Chevy Camaro – Waldorf Chevrolet Cadillac

Best Ford – Rhonda Grenier’ ’39 Ford Truck  – Waldorf Ford

Best Dodge – Tom Harris’ ’72 Dodge Challenger – Waldorf Dodge

Best GM (Non-Chevy) – Mitch Lewis’ ’52 Buick Special  – Waldorf Toyota

Best Truck – Jason Williams’ ’66 Chevy Pick-up – Midas of Waldorf

Best Unfinished – Rock Hall’s ’85 Dodge D100 – Metro Golf Carts

Special Interest – Bobby Schena’s ’72 Chevelle Concours Wagon – Marlboro                                                                                                                                  Trading Post

Best Muscle Car – Thomas Johnson’s ’69 ford Boss 429 – Tony Wright Rale Car’s

Best Engine – Larry Adams’ ’67 Chevy Chevelle SS – T.G. Performance

Best Interior – Mike Kirby’s ’55 Chevy 210 – Best Built Barns

Best Paint – Marsha Benta’s ’57 Ford T-Bird – Waldorf Body & Fender

Best Street Rod – Bonnie Buchanan’s ’30 Ford A 5-Window Coupe – Goad Lumber                                                                                                                                            Co.

Best Antique – Robert Burness’ ’30 Ford Model A – D & S Glass Service

Kid’s Choice – Brittany Twigg’s 2016 Chevy Camaro (complete with Spiderman on                                                                            the roof!) – Roger Hamilton

Ladies Choice – ’93 Ford 150 Lightning – Bozick Distributors, Inc.

President’s Pic – Buddy Bell’s ’55 Chevy 2-Dr Sedan – Tony Hall

NSRA – Raymond Phipps’ ’32 Chevy Coupe – National Street Rod Association

BEST OF SHOW – Kathy Reents’ ’57 Chevy BelAir Convertible – TROPHIES BY                                                                                                                                         DESIGN

Rat Rods – John Cox’s ’34 Ford Truck – Brandywine Rents

Rat Rods – Timothy Burke’s ’27 Ford Model T – T.E. Woods

Best Bikes – Dana Samuels’ 2004 Harley Road King – Price Oil Company

Best Bikes – Paul Canter’s 1917 Harley Model J – Janemark Winery & Vineyard

Best Bikes – John Ballou’s 2003 Harley Custom – T.G. Performance

Best Bikes – Lothania Goodine’s 2018 Harley SG – Level Up Innovations

Many thanks from the Tri-County Cruisers to Trophies by Design for donating the BEST IN SHOW TROPHY which was presented to:  Kathy Reents of Davidsonville, MD.  Kathy has owned her ’57 Chevy BelAir Convertible for 4 ½ years.  She had always wanted a ’57 Chevy Convertible.  Kathy had been checking out cars on a Marketing Website and contacted the owner in Lagoona, California. The owner was a little 80-year-old Greek fisty lady who was not pleased by male buyers’ conversations with her.  Money was not her objective for “her baby”!  She wanted a woman to have it and care for it.  Kathy and she connected and it was a done deal!  The color of this beauty is called “Candy Pearl Merlot” which was the color the little Greek lady had it painted for her own enjoyment.

The Kid’s Choice for a trophy was afun thing for the kids to do.  They would take their voting card supplied by Summit Racing and be presented with an “Official Judge – Kids Choice Award Badge” to wear as they went around and picked “three” of their favorite rods and return their choices to the ballot box.  From the choices noted by the children, the rod with the most votes became the winner of the ”KIDS CHOICE” trophyKids Choice Trophy was presented during the show awards to Brittany Twigg’s 2016 Chevy Camaro – complete with Spiderman the roof!


9 24 21  Kathy Reents entering the show in daylight

9 24 21 Kathy Reents with her ’57 Chevy BelAir Convertible with Best of Show Trophy  (’57 Chevy BelAir Convertible (color:  Candy Pearl Merlot)

  1. DSC 9030 Photo for Story:  9 24 21 Tri-Co Show – Background photo of show and attendance
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  • 2021-Tri-County flyer as a background confirmation of the show

The Tri-County Cruisers would like to extend a THANK YOU to the additional area businesses that supported this show with their donation to be used as a Silent Auction item or a door prize to help raise more funds for this show.  Again, this fundraiser was to benefit the four surrounding county hospices The Chesapeake Foundation which has joined with the Hospice of Charles County, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Hospice and Calvert Hospice.  Also, this fundraiser supports: Angels Watch (battered men, women and children), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Baden Volunteer Fire Department.

Silent Auction or Door prize items donated by area businesses for this show were as follows:

Advance Auto Shops:  Brandywine Crossing, – Charlotte Hall, and Shoppers World.  Auto Zone Shops:  Brandywine Crossing, – Billingsley Rd/301, – La Plata, and Leonardtown Road.  HAYES Auction Service – Mechanicsville.  NAPA AUTO PARTS Shops:  Bryan’s Road and Charlotte Hall.  PEP Boys – Waldorf.  Car Quest of Waldorf – Old Washington Road.  Fisher Auto Parts – Mechanicsville.  Valvoline – St. Patrick’s Drive.  Tires Plus – Smallwood Drive.  Kleen Wave Autospa – St. Patrick’s Drive.  ACE Hardware – Bryan’s Road.  Debbie Hamilton – Woodbridge.  Bert’s 50’s Diner – Mechanicsville.  BONEFISH GRILL – Brandywine Crossing.  Buffalo Wild Wings – Mall Circle.  Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Waldorf.  Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen – Brandywine Crossing.  Chick-Fil-A – 301 Food Market. Chili’s Bar & Grill – Festival Way.  Cold Stone Creamery – Waldorf Market Place.  Food Lions’:  Bryan’s Road and Westlake.  Foster’s Grille – Waldorf Market Place.  The Foxy Fish – Mechanicsville.  Giant Food’s:  Manokeek and Waldorf Plaza Shopping Center.  Grille 13 – Waldorf Market Place.  HOOTERS – Waldorf.  Longhorn Restaurant – Waldorf Plaza Shopping Center.  MEXICO Restaurant – White Plains.

Mission BBQ – Festival Way.  Outback Steakhouse – Waldorf.  “Old Cars” Painting by Doris Hall.  Roy Rogers – Berkley Square.   Safeway’s:  Brandywine Crossing and Waldorf Market Place.  Starbucks’:  Brandywine Crossing and Manokeek.  St. Mary’s Landing Restaurant – Charlotte Hall.  Summit Racing.  Texas Roadhouse Restaurant – La Plata.  Vogue III Designs in Hair – St. Patrick’s Drive.  Waldorf Chevrolet – Dave Snell.  Xscape Theatres – Brandywine Crossing.  Bill Bushey – Mechanicsville.  Costco – Brandywine Crossing.  Sam’s Club – 301 Crain Highway.  Lowes – Waldorf.  Additional donations by:  Gary Sutphin, Ginny Gregory, Diane & Ernie Daniels, and Charlie Mudd.

Our thanks to the businesses that donated items and ads to our 2021 GOODY BAGs that where given to each show car, truck motorcycle, and rat rod that registered in our show:  Bonefish Grill, The All American Steakhouse, Summit Racing, United Buffet & Grill, Valvoline, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Invisible Glass Lens Wipes, Carrabba’s and J.C. Taylor Antique Auto Insurance Company.  Bag items were slim compared to previous years, but we were VERY Grateful to all the businesses that could add to our GOODY BAG gifts! THANK YOU!

Cash donations, Silent Auction items or Door prizes were given by Tri-County Rod & Custom Car Club members and friends as well as time and talent to make the show a success to help community organizations.  Our gratitude also to the Baden Volunteer Fire Department members and their Ladies Auxiliary for their time and talent that helped us have such a Great Show!

Paul Harris gets the highest praise for his ability to gain such wonderful supporting sponsors that provide the funds to purchase the trophies for our shows each year!  

The Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Club

Thanks everyone that has helped to make this 21th Annual Rod & Custom Car show a success!

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A big “THANK YOU” to the Southern Maryland News for receiving this story with the hope that it will be worthy of publication in your Community News Section of your paper. 

Businesses that supported this show had their names announced at the show as well as printed on a Bill Board displayed at the show.  The success of each of our shows is a tribute to not only the businesses for their support, but also to the many rodders and the general public that support these businesses and participate in our annual fundraiser for Cancer and community organizations.  THANK YOU from the Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Club!

Backgroud of this Story:

Who:  The Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Club. 

What:  21th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show – “Under the Lights”

When:  September 24th – 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Located at 16608 Brandywine Rd, Brandywine, MD on the property of the Baden Volunteer Fire Dept., Station 836

How:  This was a fundraiser for Cancer (The Hospice of the Chesapeake now incorporated with the Hospice of Charles County, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Hospice and Calvert Hospice).  Also we donate to Angels Watch, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Baden Volunteer Fire Department.

Music provided by:  HardRock’s DJ Service, Bob Hartman, Email: or website

Food Vender:  Texas Ribs of Clinton

How Many:  150 Registered cars and many spectator