BAZETTA - The annual Glenn Christian Church car show often harkens back to an era when cars were cars.
They had big, massive engines.
Speedometers that went up to at least 120 miles per hour.
Gear shifts, and radios that were tuned with the push of a button.
Leather seats, small gas tanks and low gas mileage.
One popular car that exemplified those traits was the Ford Mustang, and plenty are on display at the 7th annual Ox Roast, Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show this weekend at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.
Don Peace of Newton Falls, right, looks over the engine of a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible owned by Jerry Benyo of McDonald, center, and restored by Benyo and his neighbor Joe Ferenczy, left. Peace was showing his 1963 Lincoln Continental at the 17th annual Glenn Christian Church Ox Roast, Car-Truck and Motorcycle Show Saturday afternoon at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Photo by R. Michael Semple
Today, the show concludes with free roast beef sandwiches, an open air worship service at 10 a.m., a demolition derby at 7 p.m. and fireworks.
Bob Seidle of Burghill was on hand with his 1971 Mach 1 Mustang. He said he got the car four years ago, and he and his son spent about 2,100 hours restoring it.
He said he likes the long body styles of the Mach 1s.
''They're called the Clydesdales of the Mustangs,'' Seidle said.
He said the car is not economical when it comes to gas mileage. He estimated it gets about 16 miles to the gallon, and when he filled the gas tank three fourths of the way with premium gas, it cost $44.
''The cars weren't designed for traveling on the highways,'' Seidle said.
Joe Ferenczy of McDonald was a couple of cars away with his ''1964-and-a-half'' Mustang, which he said was the first year the car was built.
He said he got the car from someone in Arizona and worked on it with a neighbor, Jerry Benyo, who was also restoring a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible. Ferenczy said it took him three years to restore the car.
''The parts were all easy to get,'' he said. ''It was all body work.''
Benyo had more trouble with his Impala. He said he needed new doors, among other things. The car was in very bad shape when he got it from someone in Cincinnati, he said.
''That was a treat, bringing it back here,'' Benyo said of the drive from Cincinnati to McDonald when he got the car.
Ferenczy said he likes the show because of the people.
''It's one of the better shows,'' Ferenczy said. ''You get to meet a lot of people and there's a lot of nice cars.''
Ron Horning of Boardman was watching over his 1970 Mustang, which he got on New Year's Even 2004. The car was in good shape when he had with its original engine, but he replaced that and put in a five-speed standard transmission. He said he likes the show because of the variety of vehicles on display.
''You see a lot of vehicles here you don't see anywhere else,'' Horning said. ''You meet a lot of nice people.''
Gary Schuster of Braceville was polishing his 1965 Mustang that he got as a gift from his father. His family has several Mustangs and he said he likes the 1965 model because it was the first car he brought.
He said taking care of the vintage Mustangs is not difficult because parts are easy to get.
''There's a large availability of reproductive parts for Mustangs,'' Schuster said.