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Poland man enjoys restorations
July 11, 2018

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On Aug. 5, hundreds of car buffs will have an entry in the 2018 Cars in the Park car show at Boardman Park. Among those showing off their machines is Rob Pennell of Poland

Pennell said he got involved with car restoration at age 15. His first car was a Ford Victoria convertible and after that, he grew a passion for classic automobiles.

"At one time I had six 1960s convertibles that I was putting together," Pennell said.

He had 15 vehicles over the years that he restored to near showroom condition. A prime example of his hobby is his 1954 Ford Victoria. The vehicle includes the long drop down bumper that houses the spare tire. The engine is original and runs smooth. It is the only restored Ford Pennell has that is all matching numbers.

He also has a 1956 Victoria convertible like the one he had as a youth.

"It took me twenty years to find the convertible," he said.

His 1956 has been restored and will likely make an appearance at this year's Cars in the Park show. Pennell will be working the show as a judge. For the past 32 years, Pennell has been a member of the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club, who puts on the Cars in the Park event.

What makes this year's event so special is the fact this is the 40th annual Cars in the Park event. Pennell said he enjoys being a part of the club that makes it a point to help children who are suffering with illness and disease.

"Our club has been putting this event on for 40 years," Pennell said. "In that time we have raised $132,439 for children and hospice."

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