Camaraderie of 'car people' makes for fun day
A bright-blue El Camino catches the eyes of passersby during the annual All-Class Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, held Sunday, Sept. 23, in Grandview. Buy This Photo
The strip of Goodale Boulevard near Wyman Woods Park transformed into a car-lovers paradise Sunday, Sept. 23.
The second annual Youth Advocate Services All-Class Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show was held in conjunction with Grandview Heights Mayor Ray DeGraw's annual community party.
Dozens of classic vehicles were on display, including a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air owned by Columbus resident Randy Jackson.
"This is my dream car," Jackson said. "It's hard to find these cars anymore."
The Bel-Air features a light body and large motor.
"It's just super fast," Jackson said.
His favorite thing about the Bel-Air is "all the chrome on it," he said. "It just looks sharp."
He owns five classic cars, but the Bel-Air is the ultimate for him, he said.
"I think I'm done now. I've got my ultimate car," Jackson said.
And if he could have owned a '57 Bel-Air back in the day?
"I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven," he said.
Blacklick resident Ron Vallera had his 1978 Mercedes 450SL on display.
"It's a classic two-seater roadster," he said. "They just don't make cars like this any more."
Vallera said he has bought and restored classic cars for about 12 years.
"I've been working my way up to this car," he said.
The 450SL has a distinctiveness that modern cars don't seem to have, Vallera said.
"It's really fun to go out on a country road, put the top down and let her go," he said.
Vallera said he enjoys going to car shows.
"Car people are great to talk to and you never know what kind of car you're going to see," he said. "It's like a treasure hunt."
Dublin resident Dave Bratton brought his 1929 Ford street rod to the show.
"The great thing about street rods is that there are no rules," he said. "This car has a Ford body and a Chevy V-8 motor."
The car may look vintage from the outside, but inside, it includes all the modern conveniences, such as air conditioning, radio and power windows, Bratton said.
He said he likes the opportunity to be creative that working on a street rod provides.
The c'29 Ford has won more than 800 trophies at car shows, Bratton said.
There's a real sense of community one finds at car shows, he said.
"You see a lot of the same people and I've developed a lot of friendships," Bratton said. "People are really nice and are always willing to help you out if you need some assistance with your car."