BY JENNIFER SOLIS
---- — WEST NEWBURY — The bright orange vintage car parked on the lawn out in front of the West Newbury Public Safety Complex is a sure sign it’s almost time for the annual Lt. Kenneth Fowler car show. Now in its fifth year, the show takes place on Aug. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Pentucket Regional Middle School, with a rain date of Aug. 11.
As he has in years past, event organizer and West Newbury police Sgt. Dan Cena will raffle off the muscle car — a 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Clone. The car boasts a Pontiac 400 motor and a 4-speed manual transmission. It has a recent frame-off restoration and comes with working air conditioning. A ticket for a chance to win the classic car costs $100, with only 600 tickets being sold in total.
The car show is free for car owners and spectators alike, but donations to the nonprofit Lt. Kenneth Fowler Foundation can be placed in a firefighter boot provided on site for that purpose. The day will include trophies awarded for cars entered in the show, a 50/50 raffle and other smaller raffles, food and drinks. Winner of the car raffle does not have to be present, but there is an added bonus prize for the lucky winner if he or she is at the show when the raffle is pulled.
The Fowler Foundation raises money to support the community, particularly in the areas of public education and public safety. Among its contributions this past year, the foundation helped purchase a new baby grand piano and an upright piano for Pentucket High School.
Kenneth Fowler, a 37-year-old Prospect Street resident and lieutenant in the town’s call fire department, died unexpectedly in his home in December 2007. Fowler’s passion for all things mechanical — including muscle cars — was well-known in town.