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Wadsworth resident Bob Park has had his 1949 Chevy pickup since 2008. He began repairs on it in 2014 and is now taking it to car shows like the one at Wadsworth Old Fashioned Day. ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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WADSWORTH — The Soprema Senior Center parking lot was filled with classic car fans who parked their automobiles and popped their hoods.

The air smelled like a familiar and comfortable summer barbecue, as volunteers cooked up jumbo hot dogs on a charcoal grill and served other picnic favorites at Wadsworth Old Fashioned Day. In all, there were 32 classic cars on display.

John Kelley and his wife, Pam, of Wadsworth, sat back in their lawn chairs next to their baby blue 1948 Chevrolet. They spoke with passersby who were viewing all the classic cars.

“I’ve always been interested in the old cars,” John Kelley said. “I sold a ’48 Dodge and was looking for something else when that came available,” he said, nodding to the Chevy that he’s owned for the past seven years.

John Kelley said the car’s body was in perfect shape when he purchased it.

“It needed an interior,” he said. “It needed some paint work. It needed some motor work.”

It took a year to get the car ready to display in a show. John Kelley said he’s been taking cars to shows for several years now.

The Kelleys wore matching T-shirts that had a picture of their Chevy on it.

Wadsworth resident Bob Park talked to some curious car enthusiasts about his Chevy pickup that was painted a shade of gray almost as dark as the storm clouds that moved over the Senior Center. The clouds threatened, but the enthusiasts and cars dodged the rain.

“It’s a 1949 Chevy truck, but I put it on a 2006 Chevy pickup chassis and engine and drive train, so it’s got automatic transmission, air conditioning,” Park said. “It’s got all the goodies.”

He said he’s been doing car shows for the last 30 years.

Park bought this truck at an auction in Fremont in 2008 and drove it home.

“It was pretty rough,” he said.

“I mean, it was an old farm truck. They never took care of (it). It was pretty rusty, but it ran.”

Park said that he had a close friend help with the body work for the truck, and he took care of the mechanical side of things.

While community members viewed the cars, listened to the music of Jim Gill, and enjoyed their lunches, several judges came around to judge the cars and then the cupcakes that were donated by residents for the event.

A 1974 Pontiac GTO won a ribbon in the category of Best in Show, a 1935 Ford Roadster won People’s Choice and a 1969 Chevy Camaro won the “Gotta See” ribbon.

In terms of cupcakes, they were judged for best design, most creative and the tastiest.

Diane and Isaac Lucas won the best design with cupcakes decorated with caterpillars. Caleb Langos won the most creative, thanks to his cupcakes topped with frosting hamburgers, and Karen Carbaugh won the ribbon for tastiest cupcakes.

Nancy Likens, Soprema Senior Center director, said about 400 people attended the event.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfanco@medina-gazette.com.

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