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Peconic car show benefits Boy Scouts

Art Lange, of Holbrook, brought his 1961 Morgan

Art Lange, of Holbrook, brought his 1961 Morgan Plus to the 23rd annual Boy Scout Car Show at the old Peconic Lane School Saturday. "I like this car because not many were made. These cars are made by hand, no assembly line," Lange said. (Sept. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Troop 6 of Southold held its 23rd annual Boy Scout Car Show at the old Peconic Lane School in Peconic Saturday. The event showcased more than 200 antique and custom cars from the years 1900 to 1985.

One hundred trophies were awarded, with judging based on elements such as exterior, body metal, paint, glass, interior and engine.

Car show chairman John Skabry founded the event, motivated to raise funds so the scouts could carry out their community service projects and camping trips.

“We needed money for tents and projects, and we decided to do something spectacular,” Skabry said. “Why do a car wash when you can do a car show? It has been very successful. Every year, it gets better.”

Hundreds attended the event, which showcased cars like the Gotham Roadster. Inspired by the “Batman” television series, Jim Benken of Jamesport, who owns the Batrodz car customizer company in Mattituck, overhauled the automobile in just six months.

Equipped with the Batman helmet, a red "bat phone," rocket tubes, a fire extinguisher and the red siren on top, the Roadster was originally a 1977 Lincoln Town Car that Benken bought for $1,500.

“We drive this car all around town. It’s a great car,” said Benken’s wife, Susan.

Said Troop 6 Boy Scout Sam Basel, 13, of Southold, “That car is really cool. I love the design.”

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