Volunteer Repairs Vintage Car

Did you hear the one about the volunteer who repairs vintage car? A story worth telling!!!

Kyle Barrow of Essex, Md, while vacationing in Cape May stopped by the Emlen Physick Estate.

There he noticed the 1915 Ford Model T on display. The kind of car that Dr. Emlin Physick himself once drove. The Car had been on display but was not operational.

Kyle went into car geek mode.  “He just showed up and said, ‘I can have this running for you in an hour’,” said Dave Adams a maintenance worker at the estate.

Not only did Kyle get the vintage car up and running he showed the staff how to drive and maintain the vehicle.

Kyle is no stranger to the vintage car world. He participated in the Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood earlier this year.

The 1915 Model T has the accelerator on the steering wheel and the clutch takes some getting use to. “Without Kyle’s help, we would not have thought this Model T could be driven,” said Paul Smargiassi, Director of Maintenance of the Emlin  Physick Estate.

Kyle Barrow,of Essex, Md., is the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Volunteer of the Month for October 2016.

Barrow is shown above, seated in the 1915 Ford Model T on display at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum.

With him are, from left, MAC Maintenance Director Paul Smargiassi, and members of MAC’s maintenance staff, Dave Adams and John Adams.

Smargiassi nominated Kyle for the honor, to recognize this gift of his extraordinary skill.

The Volunteer of the Month award is given to a person or persons demonstrating a high degree of dedication, commitment and constancy to the MAC organization.

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