June 27, 2016

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Car show gets into gear today

MEDINA — Hundreds of street rods will roll thunderously through Public Square from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Mayor Dennis Hanwell will pick his favorite, kicking off the third annual Ohio Nationals competition and car show.

On Friday, the car show will be in full swing at the Medina County Fairgrounds where a host of activities are planned.

A street rod is displayed at last years Ohio Nationals car show at the Medina County Fairgrounds. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The event is put on by Vintage Street Rodders of America. Founded by Jim and Debbie Bledsoe in 2010, the group is geared around driving these street rods to events, rather than hauling them on trailers.

Bledsoe said that the group chooses to hold its event in Medina because Northeast Ohio has one of the largest concentrations of street rodders in America.

The cars showcased in the event are all pre-1948 models that are fitted with modern parts and accessories such as cruise control, updated engines and even air conditioning.

Bledsoe said that rodders usually spend around $40,000 and two to five years to renovate the cars.

With these upgrades, the cars are able to be driven thousands of miles to each of the group’s shows.

The group has 700 members in 32 states and draws participants from Florida to California.

A main function of the event is a pinstripe auction from 12:30. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, where participants will be able to buy pinstripe art on metal for the Career and Technical School Foundation at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.

There will also be door prizes, entertainment, concessions and a swap meet.

Vintage Street Rodders of America representatives will pick 25 cars as best in show.

On Saturday, the X-Chromatones, a rock ’n’ roll band, will take the stage from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Medina is the second stop for the rodders, which also hold events at Walt Disney World Speedway and in Johnson City, Tenn.

General admission to the event is $5 dollars per adult and will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.