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1935 Chevy Cabriolet

Building classic car was a 10-year labor of love

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Forest Park resident Scott Campbell plans to drive his 1935 Chevy Cabriolet in the Northland July 4 parade. He spent a decade building the vehicle himself.

The fifth annual Columbus Square Classic Car Show will take place July 4 in the parking lot of the shopping center at the intersection of East Dublin-Granville Road and Cleveland Avenue.

The event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., is held in association with the Northland Community Independence Day Parade.

Scott Campbell, a Forest Park resident for the past 40 years, drove his handmade 1935 Chevy Cabriolet in the parade last year; this year, he thinks he might just keep on going to Columbus Square Shopping Center and pay the $15 entry fee for his prized vehicle.

"This was a 10-year project," Campbell said last week. "I built it from the ground up."

Judging for the car show, which includes trophies for the best General Motors, Ford, truck, pro street, street rod, street machine and other variations on all things automotive, begins at 2 p.m., with the awards handed out after that. Other prizes include best veteran-owned vehicle, best interior and "most radical," according to a flier detailing the event.

Live music and a disc jockey will be part of the entertainment, along with clowns and balloons. Food and beverages will be sold during the show.

A portion of the proceeds from the Columbus Square Classic Car Show will be donated to Families for Cure, a nonprofit foundation started in 2006 that raises money for the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and American Cancer Society.

The show is open to all years, makes and models of cars. Motorcycles are also welcome.

"I've always been into cars," Campbell said.

He began racing go-karts while attending Northland High School, and used to spend Saturday nights at a track in Harrisburg, a village that straddles the Franklin-Pickaway county line.

"My dad showed me a lot of things about cars," Campbell said. "I learned a lot of things from him. It's just sort of in my blood."

Campbell had one classic car that he sold after seeing a picture of the 1935 Chevy with the removable top in a street rod magazine. He said he went to the Goodguys PPG Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center to obtain the items he needed to construct his own Cabriolet model.

"It just stuck with me and I wanted to build one like it," he said.

The only help he received in the project was with welding the chassis.

"I pretty much handled everything else, and I'm going to paint it myself," Campbell said.