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Published: Thursday, 9/26/2013

Penta Cruise-in Car Show revs up participants

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Nick Kazmaier, of Rossford, left, and Allen Jones, of Walbridge, two of the judges for the car show, discuss a 1987 Chevy El Camino. Kazmaier is an instructor, and Jones is a senior in the auto tech program.
Nick Kazmaier, of Rossford, left, and Allen Jones, of Walbridge, two of the judges for the car show, discuss a 1987 Chevy El Camino. Kazmaier is an instructor, and Jones is a senior in the auto tech program.
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Allen Jones walked around, jotting notes on his clipboard, judging hot rods, Mustangs, Jeeps, and all types of classic cars in the Penta Career Center parking lot on Wednesday.

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The high school senior from Walbridge studying automotive courses was helping to decide several awards -- People’s Choice, Best Muscle Car, Best Street Rod, Best Truck, and Best Custom awards -- at Penta's Cruise-in Car Show. 

"I'm checking paint, body, wheels and tires, if it is chrome, if it has the original emblem," the young Jones said. "We've spent the past two weeks working on [the car show in class]. It is good experience."

He had fleet of cars from his family and friends. He even brought his own 1967 Chevy c10. 

It was free for cars to register as long as the owner or drive donated a non-perishable food item to Operation Bread Basket. Operation Bread Basket assists local families in need with food and supplies.

Bowling Green State University student Derek Daniel was wiping down the tires on his car to get them in tip-top shape. 

"Car shows are just classic, I feel like they bring in the nicest people in the world," he said. "You don't see people take care of things like this anymore. You see a lot of passion in these cars."

Bob Anderson, automotive instructor at Penta in Perrysburg Township, said the event is in its third year and is to show off Penta to the community. Last year, he said, the show had 108 cars, even with the rain. More showed up this year.

"It is awesome for the students to learn how to operate a car show," he said. "The registration is being run totally by students; the raffle, it is being set up and torn down by students."

While the automotive technology programs drove the show, other Penta programs helped. Welding made signs and the culinary arts had baked goods for the event. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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