POTTSTOWN PA – Nobody stood around the garage bay Saturday morning at Brennan’s Auto Repair, 2012 N. Charlotte St. in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township, with their hands in their pockets. Every able pair, even those of 9-year-old Patrick Brennan – son of owner Jim Brennan – were busy in the attempt to prepare a single car to be shown this weekend (Friday through Sunday, March 23-25, 2012) at the Northeast Rod and Custom Car Show in Oaks PA.
Not just any car; Brad Herron’s car.
Herron is a U.S. Army veteran who served six years of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere as part of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He’s also the beneficiary of what members of the Pottstown Classics Car Club, the same group that sponsors street car shows in downtown Pottstown during the summer, say is their greatest gift: helping restore someone’s automotive pride and joy. Bringing Herron’s 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 back to showroom condition has been a club project for the past 18 months.
It’s almost ready.
Almost, but not quite, which is why about a dozen or so people filled Brennan’s during the weekend. Mechanically, the car is in cruising shape, Brennan said, but the extra snap and pizazz is provided by a new coat of paint and the touch-up details that transform it from simply “nice-looking” to “spectacular.” The crew attended to those details over several hours, a few cups of coffee, and a box of doughnuts.
Herron’s wife Dina approached the car club in late 2010 to seek its help in giving Brad a welcome home gift in his car’s restoration. Since then, members have responded enthusiastically. The community has too, Brennan noted. The project has received assistance from a long list of sponsors and donors, and help from Pottstown High School students.