The Mahoning Valley Corvette Club is ready roll out the carpet for their annual Corvette car show at Greenwood Chevrolet, 4665 Mahoning Ave., on July 20. The show will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Club member Jack Sovik said, ''Corvettes, other automobiles and motorcycles from all over northern Ohio and Pennsylvania will merge in Austintown [for the event].''
The show is the club's 20th annual event that serves as a fundraiser for various charities. This year's proceeds will go towards Yellow Brick Place and Burnside's Club.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Mahoning Valley Corvette Club members Rich Antonucci and Jim Johnson, both of Austintown, brought their 'Vettes' out to the Fourth of July Car Show at Trax Lounge on New Road last week. They will have their vehicles out again on July 20 at their club's annual car show at Greenwood Chevrolet, 4665 Mahoning Ave.
Club member Jim Johnson of Austintown said both non-profits are good causes and worth raising funds for. He said Burnside's Club in Struthers works with kids to keep them off the streets and out of trouble by providing a positive environment.
The Yellow Brick Place is an organization that was founded to provide individual and group services to cancer patients at no cost. The organization's goal is to nourish and comfort the mind, body and spirit.
For the club members, it is a worthy endeavor to raise funds for the organization, while at the same time, bringing those passionate about the Corvette together to celebrate the vehicle.
Johnson is one member that has been a Corvette fan for a very long time. He graduated from Fitch High School in 1963 and immediately began his hobby of owning, collecting and driving Corvettes.
''At age 19, I bought my first Corvette, a 1958,'' Johnson said. ''Over my lifetime, I have owned 15 Corvettes. I just love the fiberglass bodies and the fact they are a true American sports car.''
He said over the years he has purchased some rough ones that required a lot of work, but for the most part, the Corvette is a vehicle that is well-cared for. Many that he purchased were ready to show.
This year, he owns four Corvettes -- a 2004, 2001, 1992, and his oldest one, a 1964 that he purchased from a guy in Canfield.
Johnson is a retired Austintown Police lieutenant. He said owning and driving Corvettes has kept him alive. He recently attended the first Fourth of July car show at Trax Lounge on New Road, where he was joined by another Austintown Corvette owner and club member, Rich Antonucci, a 1967 Chaney High graduate.
''Jimmie [Johnson] always says I am a foreigner because of my Chaney ties,'' Antonucci said.
Both men will be showing off their rides along with other club members on July 20. The show is open to Corvettes, as well as all other car makes and motorcycles. Entry fee is $10 for cars or motorcycles. For those showing for national Corvette club points, the fee will be $20.
Trophies and prizes will be awarded for all classes, including a Peoples Choice Award. Music will be provided by Big Rick, and food and beverages will be available.
For more information on the event, contact Dan Lyden 330-726-7791.