It was another winning year for the Summit County Historical Society’s 10th annual Rubber City Road Rally, held Saturday afternoon in Akron.
Cars participating in the rally course met at Perkins Stone Mansion, then ended the journey at the Akron Woman’s City Club. Honorary chairs for the gala were Lynn and Ed Metzger.
“We have 28 cars participating this year and that’s more than we’ve had in previous years, and we have new people, so that’s always exciting,” said SCHS Education Coordinator Alison First.
Lorraine and Don Fair and Jim and Sonya Parry were in the first car to arrive at the city club.
Navigator Parry said, “We are both natives so we know the area well.”
Fair added, “We learned a little more about Akron.”
Kenn Gilchrist said he locked his keys in the car so he didn’t even start the road rally. His wife, Veronica Gilchrist, agreed that maybe next year would be a better year.
Tracey Wathen and her friends, Mary and Neal Thomas, awaited the arrival of Tracey’s husband, Tom Wathen, who was navigating for Chip Booth.
It was a family affair for Terence Hillery, whose navigator was Julie Golinski.
“We did well finding three out of six landmarks,” Golinski said.
Ernie Puskas and Dan Breit squeezed into their 1960 Porsche. Brother and sister team Tim and Lisa Roth took the road challenge.
Brad and Amy Bowers used to design the route.
“You figure out your route then you decide the questions to ask along the way,” Brad Bowers said.
The Bowers’ family had four cars participating.
“This is my first time coming to this event and I am so glad to be part of this organization,” Dr. Theresa Beyerle said.
“This is our 10th year [for the event] and we’ve included a display board of previous years,” said volunteer Janis Worley.