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Cruise nights bring interest in cars to community


Published: Fri, June 16, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.One of the founders of the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club, Bud Gane, stood next to one of the cars on show at the Austintown Senior Center Tuesday Cruise Nite on May 31.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Car owners brought their cars out to the Tuesday Nite Car Cruise event at the Austintown Senior Center hosted by the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests looked at the cars on displayed on May 30 at the Austintown Senior Center for the Tuesday Nite Car Cruise hosted by the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Cars were set up at Austintown Senior Center on May 30 hosted by the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Cars lined up in the parking lot of the Austintown Senior Center on May 31 for the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club car cruise.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Cars line up every Tuesday during May 9 through Sept. 13 at the Austintown Senior Center for an annual car cruise.

The Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club has hosted cruise nights for about 20 years and the Tuesday Cruise Nites bring in about 70 cars every Tuesday. Several people come to look at all of the different types of cars.

“It’s amazing the people you get to meet,” said Rich Posivak, member of the MVOCC. “We get a good turn out here.”

On every Tuesday, door prizes are given away and a 50/50 raffle takes place. Members bring in items for the raffles and the door prizes. This summer the MVOCC is raffling off a television that Greenwood Chevrolet donated to them. Tickets can be purchased every Tuesday and the winner will be announced at the end of the summer.

“Where we really got to talking about it is out at Idora Park, we had a show out there. That’s where it really started at,” said Elmer Lydic, president of the MVOCC.

The MCOCC is grateful for their members and the supporters in the community because without them, there would be no club. The club started at Southern Park Mall in 1978.

Bud Gane, founding member, reserved a room at the Southern Park Mall and hosted a meeting for those who would be interested in joining the MVOCC. At first the room was empty, but right as time was winding down dozens of people came in to show their interest in joining.

“The room was packed, right around the 100 mark,” said Gane.

The cost for those who wish to register their car in the car cruise is $3 and that fee benefits the Hospice of the Valley and area children’s charities. The Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club currently helps out three children a year and is hoping after this year they can sponsor one more child.

The Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club is looking to complete their $50,000 donation the Hospice of the Valley this year. Once they reach their goal, they will receive a plaque for their accomplishment.

The annual “Car in Park” event will be hosted at Boardman Park on Aug. 6. This year they are having a Kids Korner area which they hope will help children get involved in the antique car hobby.

More information about registering for the Car Cruise can be found by attending a cruise or by emailing dandtbay@zoominternet.net.


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