Vintage cars

Observer-Reporter

Dozens of vintage cars and trucks lined three blocks of Main Street in Washington during last year’s 14th Classics on Main car show.

Car fanatics alike will be able to check out antique and rare cars at the 15th annual Classics on Main Car Show.

One of those fanatics is Tom Wiley of Washington. Wiley has been collecting Jaguars since 1964, when he purchased a repossessed 1964 E-Type Jaguar from a bank.

“I’m a car nut, just like everyone else that comes to the car show,” Wiley said. “I started collecting a long time ago and haven’t stopped.”

Wiley keeps most of his seven Jaguars, ’63 Cadillac, ’06 Saturn Sky Convertible and a ’03 Chevrolet SSR in a garage at his family owned business, Judson Wiley & Sons Concrete. He recently retired.

Wiley will be displaying his 2015 Jaguar Coupe F-Type at the show on Main Street.

“I just keep picking more cars up over the years,” Wiley said. “It would have been too much to bring more than just the newest car that I got.”

At the show there will be an exhibit on foreign vehicles. Some of the models of cars included are Datsun, Fiat, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Volvo, Mercedes Benz and antique Toyota’s.

Wiley, who recently retired, said if there is a problem with a car he’ll take it to a professional mechanic.

“I don’t restore, I only buy,” Wiley said. “If they really need to be restored, I’ll take them to get looked at by a professional.”

He has been attending the car show for almost ten years. Over the past decade, he has been a trophy sponsor for the show and brought several of his Jaguars to display.

“Well, you get to meet other people interested in cars and that’s neat,” Wiley said. “The best part is everyone checking out other cars. You learn a lot from it.”

Wiley isn’t sure how much his 10-car collection is worth, but that doesn’t matter to him.

“If you want to buy a car, the worth depends on how much you’re willing to pay,” Wiley said. “I have some rare cars in my collection that are worth a lot more than the others, but it doesn’t really matter. If I like it, I’ll get it.”

That rare car in his collection is a ’57 140 Drophead Jaguar coupe. Wiley also collected a ’59 Jaguar Mark 9, ’73 Jaguar XKE V12 Roadster, 2000 Jaguar XK8 convertible, an ’07 and ’10 Jaguar XK convertible and the ’15 Jaguar F-Type coupe that will appear in the show.

The 15th annual Classics on Main Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21. The cost to register a car is $5 and donations will be accepted for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Washington County Historical Society.

The event will feature music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s along with a Chinese auction, food vendors and prizes.

For more information on the show, visit http://coveredbridge.aaca.com/.

Staff writer

Adrianne Uphold is a senior at West Virginia University. Before joining the Observer-Reporter as the summer intern, she was the managing editor at WVU's student newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum. Adrianne also reported for WAJR Radio and Metro News.

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