Classic cars

Several colorful Corvettes visited the Princeton Railroad Museum on Wednesday as they traveled to Kentucky. The legendary cars will travel across the country, wit the final destination being the Corvette convention in Las Vegas. 

PRINCETON — There are certain makes of cars which have reached legendary status and have fans devoted to them in organized associations.

Wednesday morning at the Princeton Railroad Museum, representatives of two chapters of the National Corvette Restorers Association came to visit the museum.

Gary Dukeman, team leader for the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the NCRA, said, “We have a regional convention every year to which we travel. This year’s convention is in Greenville, North Carolina. Our membership decides to stop at attractions along the way and that’s why we’re here today.”

Because of the varied trip itinerary, he said, a 600-mile straight trip will turn into a1,500-mile journey.

“After we visit here, we’ll go to the New River Gorge, then to Charleston for the night. Tomorrow, we’ll be going to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, then we’ll go into Tennessee,” he said.

The NCRA, Dukeman added, is dedicated to the preservation of Corvettes ranging from the original model year of 1953 to the present. Models are judged for originality of presentation.

“For us, there’s nothing like driving these cars and going through the countryside. I love driving and seeing nothing but Corvettes in my rear-view mirror,” he commented

His brother, he added, had two Corvettes which were kept in his garage until his kids had grown up. Dukeman’s first Corvette was a 1971 model.

“It’s great to have people see your car and come up to talk to you,” he said.

The group took a tour through the museum guided by PRM Director Pat Smith.

Of the tour, Dukeman said, “We have a railroad museum in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, my hometown, but it’s basically engines and cars. Here we got to see the memorabilia associated with a railroad, such as signs and lights. (Smith’s) presentation gave us a sense of the railroad’s history.”

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