Skies Clear as Carz Cruizin Raises Thousands of Dollars for Cancer Cure

Skies Clear as Carz Cruizin Raises Thousands of Dollars for Cancer Cure

A rose by any other name … will still clash with a Duke Blue Devils baseball cap.
That was clear Sunday (Sept. 16) as John Liebermann patiently and meticulously polished every inch of his brightly colored 1955 Ford Fairlane convertible. The subject of his car’s color scheme had obviously been brought up a time or two before.
“Technically, it’s not pink,” Liebermann said, preparing his vintage automobile for judging at the eighth annual Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer. “Ford calls it tropical rose.”
Whatever you call it, only three other vehicles at the charity event in Potomac Falls came close to matching his for attention-grabbing colors – a blaze-orange Corvette, a neon-green Camaro and the shiny red fire truck brought by Sterling Park Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
Liebermann said he bought the Fairlane 30 years ago, meaning he has been the owner of the car for roughly half of its life. Liebermann was born in Fairfax County and now lives within the Fairfax city limits. He turns 72 next week, meaning he also has owned the car a little less than half of his life.
“I painted it myself after I bought it,” he said. “But they were able to pretty much match the paint to be the same as the original color.”
Liebermann said he also had the engine rebuilt.
“It ran pretty good, but I figured since I was redoing it, I might as well redo the whole thing,” he said. “I figured it’s just
another $1,000, so I might as well do it all. It would probably be $2,000 today.”
And the Duke hat?
“I taught there part-time,” he said. “I also taught chemistry down there at Jefferson High School.”
Liebermann’s Ford was one of about 100 vehicles being judged in various categories. Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and it was started by Doug Megill in honor of his father, Henry C. Megill Jr.
“He passed away from a rare form of lymphoma in 1990 after three-year battle,” Doug said. “He was a commander in the Navy, a businessman, an outstanding tennis player. You never saw him just sitting around. Then, he got cancer.”
In its first seven years, the event raised more than $170,000 for LLS. Eileen Whelan, celebrity MC from WJLA ABC 7 and News Channel 8, announced that this year’s event was approaching $40,000.
Megill said the amount raised Sunday was the most ever, falling just short of the lofty goal of $50,000
“(So far we raised) $43,000 and some change,” he said. “Thanks to our great sponsors who alone contributed over $34,000. By the way, if anyone wants to donate to help us reach our goal of $50,000 the website (carzcruizinforcancer.org) is still taking donations.”
The car show also included a fun walk in the morning, cornhole tournament, food for sale by five on-site vendors, raffles and a silent auction for donated items.
At the beginning of the week, it looked looked like the event would be washed out by heavy rains and strong winds from Hurricane Florence.
“It was sad thinking about having to cancel it,” Megill said. “Eileen ‘Hold on before you make a decision because this thing is changing directions. Things started looking better and better and just (Thursday) we made the decision to go ahead with it.”
About halfway through the event, the sun broke through the clouds, bathing all the vintage metal with light, prompting DJ Mike Wilson to play “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash.
For more information or to donate to LLS, visit carzcruizinforcancer.org.

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