LIMA - For John Waller, of Lima, buying his 1963 Chevy Nova was a no-brainer. He purchased it in 2006.
“It was different. You didn’t see many of them with that body style, so that is why I chose it,” Waller said.
Lucky for Waller, he’s a car guy. He owns American Mall Car Care on Elm Street in Lima. He took the car apart and put it back together.
“It was a six-cylinder, three-speed. I changed it to a V-8, four-speed. Everything has been modernized and upgraded,” Waller said.
When asked why he went with the bigger engine, that question, too, was a no-brainer.
“To go fast, duh,” Waller said. “You don’t drive a hot-rod with a straight six. Fast and loud. All of us hot-rod guys like that.”
Waller enjoys tinkering with his Nova.
“That’s part of the whole hobby,” he said.
Being a “car guy” is what motivated Waller’s desire to start The Westgate Charity Car Show. His daughter was involved in band at Lima Senior, and there was a need for a fundraiser. Waller immediately thought of having a car show.
“We decided to do it, and it went over well. We probably had 120 cars or so that first year,” Waller said.
The car show has grown by leaps and bounds since. The 11th annual Westgate Charity Car Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Apollo Career Center, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima.
”I think this year is going to be our best year. We have more space, and it’s so nice out there,” he said. “One advantage is having concrete over asphalt. Asphalt gets so hot when standing on it.”
In addition to the wide array of beautiful vehicles, there will be food vendors and raffle sales. All proceeds are kept local.