Super Cruise comes to an end

SALEM – Former drag racer and retired construction worker Ron Dycman of Canfield said he always wanted to build a car from scratch.

Nearly a dozen years later, his labor of love earned a Best of Show trophy.

“The work put into the car was worth it – this makes it all worthwhile,” he said.

Dycman and his wife Bonnie hoisted the hardware Sunday in the Show n’Shine lot sponsored by Bricker Automotive at the Salem Super Cruise after Gene Johnson of the Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew announced their 1939 Lincoln Zephyr as the winner.

Mayor John Berlin made the presentation of their trophy and all the trophies awarded in the various categories for the selected show vehicles in the Pershing Street lot.

Dycman said he used to race at Quaker City, so he’s worked on cars before, but he had never built a car by hand, piece-by-piece. His wife saw a Lincoln Zephyr in a magazine and they were sold on the two-seater coupe.

“It looked hot. We didn’t want the same old run-of-the-mill. We wanted something different,” Bonnie said.

The parts came from all over – body from Arkansas, frame from North Carolina, interior by Portage Trim and paint job by Mike Garnica of Lisbon. Dycman worked on building the car for nine years and finished in 2011.

The car features suicide doors which open the opposite way of a conventional door, air bags, air conditioning, racing suspension, stereo and a 502 Chevrolet engine with a turbo 400 transmission.

This was the car’s first trip to the Super Cruise show lot. Dycman said they don’t normally drive it to shows they haul it – but since they live in the area and the weather was perfect, they decided to take a chance on the final day.

“This is great. Can’t beat it,” he said.

The Super Cruise wrapped up with some music, food and games on Broadway and pristine show cars in the Pershing Street lot. Autocross was held at the high school parking lot.

Johnson, whose Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew and an army of volunteers oversaw the show lots throughout the four-day event, offered thanks all around as the festivities wound down. He gave some gratitude to his Arby’s crew, the Salem food pantry volunteers, Salem-Perry Township Area Crime Watch members and the Kool Time Cruisers, estimating the 90 volunteers logged about 500 man hours into the cruise.

“We had some great volunteers,” he said.

He extended a thank you to Tom and Patty Hall of Lisbon for securing everything for the Show n’ Shine event.

He also thanked Berlin for giving the Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew the opportunity to be involved in the Super Cruise and raise money for the Salem community food pantry. A Lisbon resident won $1,360 in the 50/50 drawing. The other half of the $2,720 will go to the food pantry.

Johnson estimated the pantry will receive about $5,400 from the cruise, including the money from the 50/50, a tool box raffle and money from the city from T-shirt sales. He estimated the crowds at 3,000 to 4,000 at the Arby’s lot and 7,000 to 8,000 at the Pershing Street lot on Saturday with small numbers in the Second Street lot.

“Saturday night was absolutely fantastic,” he said.

More than 100 vehicles came for the Show n’ Shine on the final day. The Sponsor’s Choice winner was Frank Lang of Ellsworth for a 1948 Lincoln and the Mayor’s Choice winner was Mary Long of Lisbon for her 1966 Chevy Impala SS.

Trophies were awarded to the owners of 20 vehicles chosen by their fellow participants for the Show n’ Shine. The winners list included: George David, 1969 Chevelle; Richard Madjarac, 1958 Dodge Truck; Laura Wilson, 1968 Camaro; Bob Hoover, 1970 Dodge Super Bee; Bill Hoover, 1964 Dodge; Brian Roberts, 1958 GMC Truck; Rory Reiter, 1957 Chevy; Bill Greenamyer, 1964 Chevy Bel Air; Mike Doak, 1964 Chevy Bel Air; Randy House, 1937 Chevy Truck; Bryan Sevenich, 1958 Ford Skyliner; Jim Miller, 1962 Olds Starfire; Jerry Beck, 1940 Buick Special; Dan Bartels, 1965 Chevy Impala SS; Steve Bailey, 1969 Chevy Nova; Wally Hartman, 1954 Ford F-100; Dan Crider, 1969 Camaro RS; Mel Harris, 1964 Corvette; Don Keyser, 1966 Mustang; and Roger McDaniel, 1946 Chevy.