For Angelo and Heather Petrolla of Poland, owning a Corvette took them down paths they never would have expected. From the desire of owning one vintage Corvette, the couple's lives have turned to operating a business around the classic American-made sports cars.
"My wife wanted a Corvette 16 years ago," Angelo said. "We bought her one and today we are running a business called Mid-Year Dream that does Corvette restorations."
Angelo also has several of the sports cars that he and Heather love to show off at local car shows and cruises. At the Boardman High School show on Sunday, the couple brought their 1963 fuel-injected Corvette and their 1967 427 tri-power Corvette. Angelo said the '67 is a Bloomington Gold Car, which is the highest standard for a classic Corvette to achieve.
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Angelo and Heather Petrolla of Poland, brought two Corvettes to the Man Up, Fuel the Fight car show at Boardman High School on Sunday. The couple also brought the story of how they got into classic Corvettes and made a business out of it.
Also in the Petrolla Vette stable is a 1968 convertible with a 427 engine and a 1972 with a small block power plant.
The couple said the BHS show was their first outing of the year. Angelo said they are usually out early attending local shows and cruises, but work in his shop has picked up and Sunday was the first chance he has had to get away for a day. No matter what show they attend, it is a given that one or more of the couple's classic Vettes will be there.
"It's the best American sports car," Heather said.