July 30, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
70°F

Vintage car show at Medina County Fairgrounds

Vincent D. Scebbi
The Gazette

MEDINA — The roaring of car engines easily could have been mistaken for thunder on a rainy Friday afternoon at the Ohio Vintage Street Rodders of America’s Show at the Medina County Fairgrounds.

Jim Bledsoe, president of Vintage Street Rodders, said there were more than 150 vehicles registered Friday, and he is expecting up to 250 cars and trucks to attend the show, which runs today 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., as long as the weather cooperates.

A 1933 Willys Cape belonging to John Ennis of Gainesville, Va., will be on display today at the Vintage Street Rodders of America’s Ohio National Show 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Medina County Fairgrounds in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY VINCENT D. SCEBBI)

A 1933 Willys Cape belonging to John Ennis of Gainesville, Va., will be on display today at the Vintage Street Rodders of America’s Ohio National Show 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Medina County Fairgrounds in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY VINCENT D. SCEBBI)

For a car to be considered “vintage,” Bledsoe said it had to be pre-1949.

He said all the vehicles at the event have to have at least 1,000 miles on them and must be driven to the show.

He added cars and trucks are usually built and personalized by the owners.

Bledsoe said Vintage Street Rodders, formed 1½ years ago, has approximately 30 members in the Cleveland-area chapter and more than 500 members throughout 31 states, Canada and Germany.

The organization is for those who “are true street rodders or those who drive and maintain their street rod,” he said.

Vintage Street Rodders puts on car shows around the country. Bledsoe said this is the first time the group’s been in the Cleveland area and he hopes to come back for an event next year.

Aurora, Ind., resident Lynn Gigerich, an employee of General Motors Corp. for more than 30 years and self-proclaimed “car freak,” said cars have been his life. He added he enjoys seeing all the vintage cars and meeting other car owners at shows across the country.

John Ennis and Dallas Dudding, of Gainsville, Va., drove more than 400 miles to the Medina show.

“We go for the love of the cars,” Ennis said.

General admission to today’s event is $5 for adults; children younger than age 12 are free.

For more information on future events or how to join Vintage Street Rodders of America, visit www.vsra-usa.com/VSRA_Home_ RQ4A.php.

Contact Vincent D. Scebbi at (330) 721-4050 or vincents@medina-gazette.com.