The roar of '64

Bobby Thompson of Paris checks out the engine of his 1964 Ford Mustang, one of the original Mustangs that came out that summer. It was one of the many classic and show cars on display at a car and motorcycle show at the Henry County Fairgrounds Saturday that benefited the Darkhorse Lodge.

Show car enthusiasts and motorcycle lovers gathered Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds in an effort to raise some funds for the Darkhorse Lodge project that’s planned here.

The lodge is the dream of Kirk and Gretchen Catherwood, who want it to serve as a place for U.S. combat veterans to rest and relax after their military service.

The Catherwoods’ son Alec was killed in action while serving as a U.S. Marine in 2010 in Afghanistan. He was in the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, a unit known as the Darkhorse.

Ground was broken in 2017 at the lodge’s site at 1845 Swor Road in Springville.

Saturday’s show featured numerous cars and motorcycles, headed up by the Spartans Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

From an indigo blue 2019 Dodge Charger with a 392 hemi being shown by Fred Turman of Paris to a pristine 1964 Ford Mustang owned by Bobby Thompson of Paris, car admirers had plenty to look at under the pavilion at the fairgrounds.

Thompson was at the show with his wife Fern and his son Michael. His shimmering cascade green Mustang is an original that was released in summer 1964, so it’s officially a 1964-1/2 Mustang.

Thompson has owned the car for nearly 30 years. It has the original color, but he had to renovate the body because it “was a rust bucket” when he bought it.

The interior was in good shape, with a combination leather and cloth design, and the car still has its original motor.

Another visitor was Robert Giarraputo of Dresden, who brought his 1996 DynaGlide motorcycle. The vehicle was complete with all custom leather seats and leather saddlebags.

Giarraputo was also there to promote his business, The Motorcycle Pickup, which he described as a 24-hour roadside service for motorcycles.

“Anywhere that they’re stuck, I’ll go get them,” he said.

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