Northeast Ohio has many outstanding figures in the collector car hobby. By that, I mean not only car collectors but those special individuals who assist with the restoration of the cars. The list includes body men, mechanics and trimmers (or upholsterers), as they're also known). One of those trimmers, as he preferred to be known. was Jim Roll, who operated Tailored Trim Service in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He died February 6 at the age of 72. Jim was nationally known for the quality of his work. Automobiles for which he produced beautiful interiors received numerous awards at automobile concours events throughout the United States, including Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and the Glenmoor Gathering. One of the awards presented at the annual Gathering is named for himthe James E. Roll Award for Best Interior. The award was established in 2007 by several of Jim's friends and was first presented that year. Jim made the selection each year and personally presented the award to the happy car owner. Jim's passing is a sad reminder that we are slowly losing the craftsmen who we have depended on to maintain and restore our collector vehicles.
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