Classics and hot rods show off to benefit Wounded Warrior

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) — Dozens of wheels came rolling into a lot by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sunday for a Show and Shine.

It was a chance for car enthusiasts to show off their engines while also benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and the Greene County Health District.

Dick Kohlbacher has been coming to shows since 1971 and has been displaying his 1929 Ford truck for 38 years.

“I’ve done quite a few cars, and I’ve built them for people,” said Kohlbacher.

This was the first year for this Show and Shine event put on by WPAFB’s Top 3 Master Sergeants, the Greene Community Health Foundation, and Jeff Schmitt Auto Group.

Vietnam veteran Norbert Hala revved up his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette for the show. He bought the car new in 1961, and it became a family vehicle.

“At that time we drove from Las Vegas, Nevada to New York in this car with my wife, myself, a five-year-old, and an infant,” reminisced Hala.

When he needed a bigger car, the classic sat in a garage collecting dust as a mouse motel; but four years ago, Hala decided to have it restored for causes dear to his heart like this one.

“I always like to help veterans in anyway I can. I spent 24 years in the military myself,” said Hala.

Master Sergeant James Grizzard also does what he can to help our nation’s heroes. He’s been in the military for 12 years, working with the hospital.

“I’ve seen lots of wounded warriors come through through the years. So it’s just something that’s personal to me,” said Grizzard.

“To get out here and see everything from the old classics to the hot rods to the new customs, it’s not work,” admitted Jeff Schmitt, General Manager of the Jeff Schmitt Auto Group.

Organizers and car enthusiasts both say the show’s cause makes it worthwhile.

“Because the wounded warriors got out there and fought for us so we can do this,” said Carol Knox, a development assistant for Greene County Public Health.

If you would like to learn about other ways to help the Wounded Warrior project, click here.

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