LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The All-American Auto Show at the General Motors Lordstown complex brought in hundreds of cars to celebrate the plant’s 50th anniversary.
The UAW Local 1112 hosted the show, with proceeds going to local veteran’s charities.
All 21 models built in the plant since 1966, when the first car rolled off the assembly line, were on display Saturday.
“Everything from the 1920s all the way up to 2016, and also I have about 60 of the vehicles that were built here at Lordstown over the last 50 years. Everything to a ’66 Impala to the next generation Chevy Cruze,” said Tim O’Hara, Vice President of Local 1112.
Tim Seman, of Ravenna, brought his 1975 limited edition Cosworth Vega. He says it’s the most unique car that’s been built in Lordstown because of its motor.
“When that came off the end of the assembly line, it wouldn’t run because they have a special motor in them. They had to roll them off into a special assembly area so they could put the fuel injection units on it, and tune them and test them and burn them in there.”
Seman says bringing his car back home was an unbelievable feeling.
“I think it’s very cool, and that’s one of the reasons that I’m here because I wanted to bring it home at least one more time.”
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown made an appearance at the grand ceremony. Brown fought for the auto rescue bailout in 2008, helping the plant stay open.
Tom Mock, a GM representative, says the car show was a huge success.
“Despite the weather, we want to thank everyone that turned out for that. Our 50th anniversary celebration weekend was special. We’re proud of what we were able to accomplish here and we hope we have 50 more years ahead of us.”