CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Friday’s weather did not cooperate with the Hot Rod Super Nationals in Canfield. Saturday was a much different story, though, as the sun was shining — bringing a lot of people out to the car show.
Thousands of classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, street rods and motorcycles were on display at the Canfield Fair, and will be all weekend long.
Larry Shackleton of Barrie, Ontario, Canada made the six hour trip south to show off his purple Monarch — a car you can only get in Canada.
“I heard this was a resurrected show and it sounded really good,” Shackleton said. “I’ve never been to Canfield before and I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve seen so far.”
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Gary Sheldon and his wife drove their Dodges three hours north from Bridgeport, West Virginia.
Like most car owners, Sheldon let his 2017 Charger sit in the hotel parking lot Friday due to the bad weather.
“Just couldn’t see driving it and getting it dirty for nothing,” he said.
Lee Hartman, the new owner of the Hot Rod Super Nationals, couldn’t estimate how much money the event could raise by the end of the weekend, but he’s optimistic.
“We have thousands of cars here today,” Hartman said. “Full in the restaurants, the hotels, the community gas stations. We’re very excited about the event.”
Checking out one-of-a-kind cars at the Bob and Chuck Eddy tent
The show runs Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by an after party and cruise from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at the Southern Park Mall.
Tickets are $8 for adults and free for kids 10 and under.
Because so many cars will be part of the show, parking and traffic could be difficult to navigate.
The classic car show changed its name as the Steel Valley Super Nationals after new ownership took over. The new owners plan to keep the show at the Canfield Fairgrounds permanently.
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