Here's an article reporting on an event organized by Tim Claremont that was inspired by the conversations at Classical Pontiac concerning the recent tragic scool shootings.

Kids and Cars Make a Classic Combo
Webster High hosted a "cruise-in" last week
By Mike Murphy

When a few self-proclaimed Pontiac nuts chat online, sometimes they talk about more than cars. Sometimes they talk about how parents and their kids can have more fun together. Sometimes, they talk about how to stop the violence in schools, said Tim Claremont, a 1987 Webster High School graduate and Pontiac nut.

Sometimes, they take action. Friday, a host of classic cars captured the attention of youngsters and a few parents during the "Kidz & Karz" cruise-in.

"We figured if we get some kids and fathers involved in the hobby, that's great" Claremont said. "We didn't get into this kind of trouble when we were kids. We were all interested in working on our cars after school."

Ogling a yellow Chevelle SS 454, Dan McKenzie, a ninth grader at Thomas Middle School, pictured himself behind the wheel. The only trouble he could see was the speed limit.

"I like how they are shaped." He said. "They go faster than the average car."

While way too young to remember some of the cars on display, 14 year old Eric Schulz, a Thomas Middle School eighth-grader, appreciates them. "The cars of yesterday are cool", he said. "Now, cars are just too compact and not much fun", he said.

Webster High School Junior Mike Harrison pulled up to the event in his '81 Jeep Wagoneer. Someday, it might be a classic.

"It's nice to see what I want to do to my car," he said. "A lot of time is spent on these cars and a lot of weekends."

Fresh from checking underneath the hood of a red Dodge 440 Magnum, Eric Blood, a 10 year old Klem North fifth-grader, said these cars just aren't sold at car dealerships.

"The engines are much different," he said. "The interiors are much nicer."

Members of the car clubs talked to visitors about how to find the cars, and a lot about the work that goes into repairing and restoring these classics.

WHS assistant principal Joe Pustulka showed off his dark-green 1964 Chrysler, but admitted to having ulterior motives.

"We have a lot of kids that haven't latched on to something," he said. "We're hoping they develop some interest by coming out and investigating a hobby."

Harrison's father, Charles, couldn't help but think back to the day when he was 18 and restored a 1958 Triumph TR-3. Yes, those were the days. "Fun and games," he recalled.