Four years ago, Guy Masters, a charter member of the Herndon Police Citizen Support Team, decided to hold a classic car show as a fund-raiser to bring out members of the community and more recently to benefit the citizen support team.
"I have a couple of classic cars, and I go to different car shows and cruise-ins," said Masters. "I thought it'd be neat to have one in Herndon."
Masters has been a member of the support team since it's inception 28 years ago. As one of the longest standing members, Masters wants to help not only the community but also the support team.
"It costs about $4,500 to outfit one member," said Masters of the various supplies the support team members need. "The biggest cost being the radio at $3,500, and that includes batteries, the charger and the radio."
Masters said the volunteers use their own vehicles and pay for their own gas when on patrol, but that the cost of other supplies was higher than many can afford.
The support team frees up the Herndon Police Department from doing such things as traffic control so that they can focus on their various specialties, which benefits the community in many ways, he said.
"A lot of folks in the Herndon Police Department are very talented and hard working," said Steve Kozup, citizen support team member. "A lot of our work is done behind the scenes, but if we can step in and help them focus on using their skills, the community as a whole benefits."
To help benefit the citizen support group, the Herndon Police Department has joined to promote their 4th annual fund-raiser this Saturday, Sept. 12.
The Classic Car Show will be held on Lynn and Center Streets in the area of the Herndon Municipal Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competition is open to owners of all years, makes and models, and includes a separate motorcycle competition.
Last year more than 100 cars lined up in front of the Herndon Municipal Center to display the hard work and money put into their preservation.
Admission is free to the public and participants may pre-register or pay at the gate. The gates open at 8 a.m. on show day, and the first 100 registrants receive a dash plaque commemorating this year's event. Awards for participants will include Best in Class, Class Winners, Chief's Choice and Best in Show.
For more information, call Steve Kozup at 703-437-1278 or Lt. Sheffer at 703-435-6837, or e-mail HPCST_CarShow@att.net, or visit the Web site at http://www.town.herndon.va.us/police.htm.