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Millersville car enthusiasts meet to talk shop

Students put in a lot of work on their cars before they head over to a car meet.

Michael Farrell
Arts & Culture Writer

“If you organize it, they will come” can describe the first car meet held by M&T Automotive in Lancaster, on Friday night. The event, which was created on Facebook, went from a few car fans, to about 70 enthusiasts over just a few days. The meet took place in the Home Depot parking lot on the Fruitville Pike.

Students put in a lot of work on their cars before they head over to a car meet.
Students put in a lot of work on their cars before they head over to a car meet.

Those who are not big into the automotive scene might not think that is a lot; however, for those who consider cars their hobby or passion in life, that is plenty. There is always something to see at these shows.
What really goes on at these car meets? Well, it’s not just guys and girls standing around looking at everybody else’s cars, although that does happen most of the time. People that come to these shows always bring new and fresh ideas to the car world.
You may see something that a person with the same car as you may have done, such as an all orange theme under the hood of a black car that you would have never thought of. So many different and individual things that you can do are endless. Some of the people were experimenting with color combinations and style customization.
Co-creator of the event Eric Welch said, “It is nice to have people that follow rules and not act like kids.” Last fall, every Sunday evening a car meet was held at the Park City Mall. These meets have since ended due to lack of self-control and responsibility.
Colin Philips, a member of the Millersville Car Enthusiast club said, “These meets are much more enjoyable when everybody is behaving the way they should and not doing anything stupid. The meets last year ended up being cancelled when a group of people decided to do burnouts and donuts in the mall parking lot. The last meet concluded with Lancaster and state police coming in and doing a total shut down. The city of Lancaster even brought in its police helicopter to break up the meet.”

Car meets are an opportunity for car enthusiasts to gather and discuss techniques for car improvement.
Car meets are an opportunity for car enthusiasts to gather and discuss techniques for car improvement.

The M&T meet had a good variety of cars show up. There were a number of Volkswagens there, a few so low to that ground that you would not be able to squeeze a cigarette pack under the front bumper. A generous number of Subaru STIs showed up as well, sporting wheels in nontraditional colors such as orange on one and hot pink on another.
These car meets are something that has been given a lot of bad rap due to movies and television shows. Car meets are supposed to be about sharing one’s passion for automobiles. A few members from the Millersville Car Enthusiast club will be going to another show on Friday April 12. This meet is being held to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Even if you are not a car guy or girl it is always interesting to see what some people can do with a little imagination and some passion.

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