A passion for vintage cars is something Poland native Ed Virostek has enjoyed for over 40 years. He brought out his vintage 1964 Thunderbird on June 25 for a cruise at Greenbriar on South Avenue in Boardman.
''I have been collecting cars for 40 years,'' he said. ''It all started when I bought a Model A Ford.''
Today, Virostek has a nice stable of cruising machines that include a 1927 Peerless that was made in Cleveland, a 1959 Dodge, a 1968 Chrysler Newport convertible, a 1948 Chrysler Coupe, and a 1977 Volkswagen convertible.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Ed Virostek shows off his 1964 Ford Thunderbird on June 25 during the Greenbriar car show and concert. The car is original and is a smooth runner for the car collector.
''I have a number of other vintage vehicles that are works in progress,'' he said.
The 1964 Thunderbird was a vehicle he acquired in 2008. He said he was operating a gas station in Poland Village when a person came in and told him about a 1957 Thunderbird for sale in New Middletown. He went to look at it and ran across the 1964, which he ended up buying.
''The car is still original, the way I bought it,'' he said. ''I haven't done a thing to it yet.''
He said he would like to get it detailed and bring back the high gloss of the original paint job. In the meantime, he enjoys taking it to cruises.
Virostek is a longtime member of the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club. He became a member in 1983 and has served as president and chaired several car shows the club puts on, such as the former Chick-fil-A of Boardman cruise that has now moved to the Austintown Senior Center and the Cars in the Park show held in August at Boardman Park.
While he still attends the shows, he has slowed down a bit.
''Last year I was diagnosed with cancer, so I had to slow down a lot,'' Virostek said. ''Right now it is in remission.''
The cancer made it hard for him to do the work on his collection, which is something he loves doing. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic for 20 years, and said he got his passion for working on his vehicle collection from that.