DELPHOS — A camping trip turned into a new way for Dennis Wieging to meet new friends.
Wieging, 67, of Delphos, retired in January last year and was enjoying a stay at Woodbridge Campground in Paulding. When he at first noticed the 1970 Mini Mark sitting at a residence near the campground, buying it was not on his mind.
“I never even gave it a second thought,” Wieging said. “I noticed it sitting there, but that was about it.”
However, after arriving at the campgrounds and setting up his campsite, he returned several times to the home to inquire about the car. Finally, he made contact with the owner. He purchased the car on July 4, 2015.
“He was having some health issues, and he wanted to sell it,” Wieging said.
Wieging said the fact that he worked hard his whole life helped change his mind and check the car out.
“My life was work, work, work,” Wieging said. “I thought it was about time that I had a toy.”
Wieging said his opinion of vintage car collectors has changed abruptly after becoming an owner himself.
“I used to picture those guys as people who went to shows and sat there and shined them all day,” Wieging said. “I have found out it is a fun time. I have made a lot of new friends.”
He said he now goes to shows and cruise-ins whenever he gets the chance.
“My wife knows on Wednesday night, I am going to Happy Daz,” Wieging said. “The car gets a lot of second looks.”
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