Corvettes will take over Austintown this weekend as the Mahoning Valley Corvette Club hosts its 18th annual car show from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at the Greenwood Chevrolet dealership. This year's event will feature the car of a deceased member and will raise funds to help someone in need.
The show is open to all Corvettes as well as antique cars, classics and customs and hot rods. Each category will have plaques awarded as well as a people's choice award.
The event will include raffles and a 50-50 with proceeds going to a Greenwood employee in need.
Photo special to the Town Crier
The family of the late Dave “Papa C” Campolito gathers around his 1956 Corvette that he owned for almost 40 years. In front are Mahoning Valley Corvette Club Vice President Dave Farcas presenting a trophy for best of show to Dave’s wife, Charlotte and grandson, Cade Campolito. In back are family members Jana Joseph; Debbie, Dino, Donnie and Donald Allison; Dino and Danny Campolito; Marco Joseph; and Dave, Debbie and Eric Campolito. Family members not pictured include Mark and Maria Joseph and Dina and Laura Campolito. The entire family have T-shirts that say “Papa C’s Lil Black Vette” that they wear in honor of the father and grandfather who restored the car to its present glory. The car will be featured during the MVCC show on July 22 as the club celebrates 50 years.
Among the classic Corvettes that will be on display will be a mint black 1956 that belonged to MVCC member Dave "Papa C" Campolito of Canfield. He passed away on Nov. 30, 2011 and his family plans on keeping his memory alive by making sure his Corvette is at the club's car show that represents 50 years since the club was formed.
Campolito bought the '58 Vette used in 1962 and turned it into a race car when he was younger. On the side, it said Papa C's Lil Black Vette. He raced the car for a short time, then it sat until he decided to return it to its showroom floor appearance. He completed the restoration work and ended up with a ride that has won its share of trophies.
Everyone in the Campolito family knew how much Papa C loved his pride and joy. He could often be seen polishing the fine gloss black body and chrome.
The entire family of 17 children, grandchildren and Campolito's wife Charlotte plan to keep his spirit alive by bringing the car to the MVCC show and will appear dressed in special shirts.
"My mother bought everyone T-shirts that say "Papa C's Lil Black Vette" as a Christmas present after my father passed away," said daughter Debbie Allison. "We are all planning to wear them to the show. We'll be honoring him on July 22 by keeping his legacy alive."
Allison said the family plans to keep the Lil Black Corvette as a treasured heirloom for years to come.
For more information on the MVCC show contact Dave Milich at 330-207-5218 or Dan Lyden at 330-726-7791.