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Canfield car enthusiast loves those Fords

June 12, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield car enthusiast Russell Cena has gone from horses in the stable to horses under the hood. He loves cruising and collecting vintage Fords.

On June 3, Cena was among the over 50 cars that showed up early for the Austintown Senior Center car cruise, hosted by the center and the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club. Cena said he is retired and for the past four years has been enjoying the local cruise scene.

Cena used to operate a car hauler while also handling a riding stable in Columbiana for about 40 years. When he retired and stepped back, he went after his passion of attending car cruises with his own vintage vehicle. He has a 1956 Ford Sunliner, which was painted in two-tone ''fiesta red'' and ''colonial white.'' That vehicle took seven trophies to date.

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Russell Cena of Canfield poses next to his 1955 Crown Victoria that is showroom perfect. He was among the over 50 vehicles that came out to the Austintown Senior Center car cruise on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, he found another Ford for sale while searching online that sparked his interest. It was a two-tone blue 1955 Crown Victoria and was located in New York. He immediately made the call to find out about the car.

''It was owned by an older fellow, 81, who was the second owner of the car,'' Cena said. ''It only had 51,000 original miles on it. Apparently the man's wife had been enjoying the cruises for 14 years, but she wanted to trade it for a camper.''

Cena made the deal and had the car shipped to Ohio. He got the car four months ago, and other than basic maintenance, said it was ready for show and for cruising in style.



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