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Car club displays hidden treasures of the Valley


Published: Fri, July 14, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The Penn Ohio 'A' Ford Club visited Fellows Riverside Gardens on June 21 while visiting different places in Youngstown.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.There were 28 Model A cars that went on a tour through Youngstown during the Penn Ohio 'A' Ford Club's week-long trip.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Model A cars were parked at Fellows Riverside Gardens for guests to look at on June 21 as they walked through the park.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Model A cars lined up at Fellows Riverside Gardens on June 21 as part of the Penn Ohio 'A' Ford Club's tour through Youngstown.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Members of the Penn Ohio 'A' Ford Club parked their Model A cars at Fellows Riverside Gardens on June 21 while touring Youngstown.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Around 30 Model A cars received plenty of looks as they drove through the Mahoning Valley the week of June 19-23.

The Penn Ohio ‘A’ Ford Club takes a week-long trip every year to explore various cities around the United States and Canada. This year, Marti Altier was the tourmaster and decided to bring the club to her hometown of Youngstown and called it the Youngstown Steel Wheels Tour. There are around 80 people who attended the tour, from the ages of 4-89.

The Penn Ohio ‘A’ Ford Club originated in 1955 and has members from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. The members are enthusiasts of Ford Model A cars who share a love of preserving, restoration and using of the cars.

“They are the best people to travel with. Everyone usually carries something spare, so if there’s a breakdown most problems can be repaired roadside,” said Altier.

The week started out with a trip to the National McKinley Memorial in Niles. The club will be touring several other places throughout Youngstown such as Lanterman’s Mill, the Butler Art Museum, the DeYor Performing Arts Center and more.

“It’s a wonderful tour, it’s been fabulous. Good places to eat,” said member Pat Proch who joined in 2001.

Altier picked out the places in the area that would pique the interest of the members. There are some people who are traveling with several family members and others who came by themselves or just one other person.

The point of the tour is to showcase where the club is visiting and learn about the hidden treasures. Altier wanted to pick out places that would highlight the area. It is the highlight of the club every year and gives the members a time to relax and explore.

“We travel a lot. We take back roads, we enjoy the scenery of America and no matter where we drive people want to hear the ‘ahooga’ horn. It’s like being a goodwill ambassador,” said Altier.

For more information on joining the club and getting involved, visit modelaclub.com.


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