Sun shines on classic cars at Plain City cruise-in

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(Posted Aug. 27, 2019)

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer/Photographer

The weather was perfect for the 17th Annual Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In held Aug. 24 on Main and Chillicothe streets in Plain City. The event attracted collector cars, trucks and motorcycles. Car aficionados gathered around their favorites, and the owners were thrilled to talk about the time, money and love they’ve poured into their vehicles.

Dave Reiselt of Plain City wanted a cool car that didn’t require a lot of shining up. The 1941 Chevy rat rod he proudly exhibits is reminiscent of the Ed Roth “ratfink” look of the 1960s. “Ed Roth is a famous custom-car designer and graphic artist, and I wanted to mimic the cartoon effect of that era,” Reiselt said.
The front view of Dave Reiselt’s 1941 Chevy rat rod
Susan and Gary Bertsch of Anna, Ohio, enjoy displaying their 1922 Model T Touring car at car shows. A woman who stopped to admire it at the Plain City cruise-in smiled when she saw the original purchase price of $348. She said to her daughter, “Look, honey, you could afford this one!” The cost to purchase the car today would be approximately $21,000. It features a crank start and wood-spoke wheels.
Sam and Barbara Parks of Marysville exhibit their 1935 Ford three-window coupe prostreet. Sam bought the hot rod as a wedding gift for his wife. “I used to drag race, and I like this body style,” he said. “The ’35 has a different style than the ‘32s and ‘34s.” The gear shift was custom made out of California, and the interior is made of all-Italian leather. Barbara picked the paint colors for the car. “I liked the Candy Lime Gold and Ivory Pearl colors made by A House of Colors, a top-end line of paint,” she said. The car runs on E85, an eco-friendly ethanol fuel blend.
Sam Parks, owner of this 1935 Ford coupe, always places a bouquet of roses on the car’s front seat. He said, “Every lady needs a rose.”

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