Phil Long of Derry closely examines the interior of a root-beer-colored 1934 Ford Cabriolet, which belongs to Kevin O'Leary of Kingston.

DERRY — All it took was a cantaloupe for Lowell Webber to find the perfect color for his 1972 Volkswagen Beetle.

“I thought, what a nice color for a car,” the Londonderry man said of the orange and pink flesh inside the fruit.

So three years ago, Webber mixed the custom color in his garage to paint his antique ride.

Yesterday, Webber’s Volkswagen was on display with about 90 other antique and custom cars at a car show at Pinkerton Academy. The event, organized by the school’s FIRST Robotics team and the Derry Village Rotary, was a fundraiser to help the school team in their upcoming season.

Sam Neu, the robotic team’s chief engineer, said he was very pleased with the turnout of yesterday’s event as he wiped sweat from his brow. The team will need about $20,000 for this season to build its robot and travel to competitions, but the team should have no problem raising their goal of $1,000 from yesterday’s event, he said.

“Next year we’re going to need to rent more parking lots for this show,” Neu said.

Two of the most unusual vehicles at yesterday’s show were Whitney Jackson’s 1957 Chevrolet Impala and his 1947 Ford Cabover.

A crowd huddled around the mauve colored Impala with chrome and gold accent pieces, when Jackson’s grandson, Danny, pulled it into the parking lot.

“We just build them as we go,” Danny Jackson said. “That’s the fun of building these things.”

At their shop in Derry, Kustom Kars, three generations of the Jackson family work on the custom vehicles to bring to shows and sell.

“I remember when I was 2-years-old my father was working on motorcycles and he’d put me right up on the gas tank,” said Robert Jackson, Danny’s father. “We’ve all grown up working on these cars.”

Across the parking lot, Leo Charest of Manchester sat in a lounge chair behind his 1960 Willys Jeep to shelter him from the hot sun.

Charest bought the vehicle 10 years ago for hunting and fishing, but quickly decided to restore it so he could bring it to car shows.

It took three years for Charest to restore the jeep using original parts and some are happy to see it finally completed.

“For three years he made a mess all over the house,” said his sister-in-law, Angela Desrochers, with a smile. “And of course we couldn’t touch anything.”

Now that it’s finished, she enjoys driving in the jeep but her favorite part is the oak paneling that runs through the bed of the jeep.

“The engine could go clunk, but I like this,” Desrochers said, pointing to the wood that her brother had refinished before he passed away.

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