Dennis Mowrey is a Retired Director of Tax; working 20 years in Private Industry and 25 years in Public Accounting for Big 4 Accounting Firms and Top 50 Regional Accounting Firms.
During this time, Dennis served on the local Arthritis Foundation Board; the National Arthritis Foundation Board and has provided and provides financial management help at the Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and the Performance Charity Car Show.
Originally a Corvair convertible guy, Dennis now has a beautiful 1941 Chevy pickup.
Jeffrey and Angie Brashares have been involved in the Classic/Collector Car space since 1985, when Jeff bought his first Buick, a 1953 Buick Roadmaster Sedan with Factory Air, Golden Anniversary Model, at the Buick Club of America National Meet held at the Marriott on Doubletree (now a Crown Plaza).
45 Collector cars later, we now live in Marysville, Ohio, on a former Airport property; with cars housed in two hangars.
Angie and Jeff are involved in the Buick Club of America, where Jeff was President for two Terms and a Board member for five.
Jeff is one of the Founders of the Buick Heritage Alliance, a 501 C3 involved in the preservation of all things Buick with a focus on Buick Literature collection and sales. Angie is the Office Manager and Jeff is the current President.
Angie and Jeff worked and Chaired all the Columbus Chapter Arthritis Foundation fundraisers; and Jeff Chaired the Classic Auto Show for 34 hours; retiring in 2016.
Our 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible was awarded The Most Outstanding Post War American Car earlier this year, in March at the Amelia Island Concours.
Kevin Russo is the Director of Logistics for the Performance Charity Car Show; planning the show field prior to the show and managing the show field the day of the show. Kevin took on this position when the show transitioned from Blast from the Past to the Performance Team.
Kevin has been in the car hobby since 1998 when he acquired a 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible.
Since then Kevin has been lucky enough to find and acquire the car that has been his dream car since he was 14 years old; a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T. Kevin also owns a 1968 GTO Hardtop and is on the Board of Directors and the Newsletter Editor for the GTO Association of Central Ohio.
Kevin is also a committee member of the Arthritis Foundation’s Classic Auto Show since 2007.
Our feature this month, is Dave Kessler, who with wife Jeanne, own Sandusky Street Antiques, and sponsor the Best Of Show Pontiac award at the PCCS.
Their business was born in 2007, when Pilsner’s five and dime closed, Dave and Jeanne bought the building and opened Sandusky Street Antiques.
In addition to Classic Cars, Dave is an avid clock collector.
1954 PONTIAC STARCHIEF CATALINA
(A 23 year love affair)
It all started in 1996 when I decided to get a classic car. I have always loved cars and particularly GM cars. My clear favorites were Pontiacs. By the time I was 21 I had owned 13 cars. I searched for months in 96 and 97 and finally found a classic Pontiac for sale that hit all the important buttons. It was a coral and white Starchief Catalina 2 door hardtop with only 58,000 miles and I would be the fourth owner. The good news was it was in Kalamazoo Michigan only 3 hours away. So in August of 1997 I drove up to see and drive it. It was awesome! It originally sold in Iowa and obviously had 3 careful owners over the years. The paint was a little weak but no rust. In the trunk was a spare tire that had never been used.
So it was on….First new radial wide whites to make it safe to drive, curb feelers to protect the WW and of course fuzzy dice. In 1999 it was a continental kit. Now it was longer than any parking place in town. Next, in 2006 it was an engine rebuild with new rings and bearings and other necessities like a 6 blade fan and fan shroud to cool the big straight 8. Now the real fun started when a friend of mine who is a professional car painter said he would do a frame on restoration with the modern paints and clear coat. So in October of 2011 it went to his shop for 6 months. In the mean time while he was sanding all the old paint off and painting I was getting chrome re-plated, buying NOS bumper guards, having the stainless polished and purchasing other NOS accessories. Lastly, in 2017 I broke down and had the front seat coral and white leather replaced and added new coral carpet. The final touch was having the spacious trunk upholstered in coral and white touched off with a small stainless framed sign with chrome “Starchief” lettering and a Pontiac emblem all mounted on a black background that sets off the upper level of the trunk.