Car show in Youngstown kicks off ‘Wheels of Steel’ exhibit

The exhibit at the Tyler History Center takes a look at car culture in the Mahoning Valley

The "Wheels of Steel" exhibit at the Tyler History Center in downtown Youngstown looks at car culture in the Mahoning Valley.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A car exhibit that will run through Labor Day is opening in downtown Youngstown on Saturday.

The exhibit, called “Wheels of Steel: The Mahoning Valley’s Car Culture,” will be on display at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center on W. Federal Street.

Bill Lawson, Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, said the idea came from a father-son dragster team.

“It came about mainly through conversations with Ryan Martino. Ryan and his father, Tom, have Martino Motor Sports. They run a top dragster every year and NHRA sanctions. He was giving us a lot of information about what him and his father have done racing and at some point, we could do an exhibit on this and provide lots of material…from there the whole thing just mushroomed into an overall look at car culture.”

Lawson says the Mahoning Valley’s car culture is prominent because there are car cruises every day in the summer.

A car show will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. to kick off the new exhibit. It will be in the parking lot on the east side of the Tyler History Center. First News Anchor Stan Boney will act as one of the judges.

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