OK, so you're probably asking why Ohio.com needs a blog on cars. Since I'm not an employee of the Beacon Journal or any affiliated company, I really can't give you the business reasons for this decision. But as a lifelong gearhead and native of this area, I've got some ideas.
First and foremost, Northeast Ohio (Akron, Canton, Cleveland) is, as Barry Meguiar is prone to say, certifiably car crazy. We all know the prominent role that Akron played in the development and as the center of the world's tire industry, but let's look at some other lesser-known facts:
-- In the early days of the auto industry, Cleveland was universally regarded as the "motor city".
-- Up through the 1970 census, the combined Akron/Canton/Cleveland region had more cars per capita than any other place in the world.
-- The first organized drag races east of the Mississippi River were held in the shadow of Derby Downs.
-- Speaking of Derby Downs, the All American Soap Box Derby has been based in Akron for over seventy years.
-- Countless major automotive suppliers such as Timken, Eaton and TRW were founded in Northeast Ohio and are still headquartered here.
-- Summit Racing, based in Tallmadge, is the world's largest seller of automotive speed equipment and accessories.
-- Automotive racing legends like Art Arfons and Arlen Vanke and numerous national road and drag racing national class champions have come out of our area.
-- The traditional Father's Day car show at Stan Hywet is one of the longest running events of its type in the country and the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles is one of the most highly regarded automotive concours in the United States.
I could go on, but you get the drift. We love our cars here in Northeast Ohio and, through this blog, my fellow contributors and I hope to share that passion with like-minded people. Our focus will not be limited to old cars or new cars; street cars or race cars, or any other single aspect of the automotive world. Nor will we be a source for late-breaking news. Instead, we'll focus on what we think is neat; cool cars, cool car people and cool car happenings. We will also occasionally express our opinion on some things that we feel are not totally right in the automotive world. In both instances, we welcome and encourage your comments.
PS: Attached below is a gratuitous picture of one of the greatest custom cars of all time, the legendary Polynesian, which has always called Northeast Ohio home. Watch this blog for a full write up in the near future.
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