LIMA — What do car enthusiasts do on a nice day during a stay-at-home order?
Gregory and Nicolle Merkel, of Shawnee Township, held their own car show recently. They pulled their five cars onto their lawn for the public to enjoy. You can watch the “Car Show COVID-19 Style” online at j.mp/3aCzncS.
“We had a lot of cars honk as they went by, while others slowed down to get a good look,” Gregory Merkel said.
The gold 1967 Plymouth Belvedere II was purchased in 2015. Merkel found the car on Craigslist and planned on taking it on an old car trip. He had one month to get the car road-worthy for this trip. He succeeded in his goal. The car is affectionately called “Goldie” and has become like a member of the family. Goldie has been on several old car trips, and in 2018 it went on a 4,500-mile tour to California and back.
The green car is a 1965 Plymouth Satellite, which is the first year Plymouth came out with a Satellite. The car was received last summer. Nicolle hated the car at first. She has since come around some but keeps urging Merkel to paint it the pretty green color. Merkel likes the patina color the car has developed over the years.
The red 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible belongs to Nicolle. The car was bought as a basket case in February 2017. Nicolle wanted it restored by summer and helped to get it up and running. By July 1, 2017, the Merkels took it on a 500-mile old car cruise.
The black 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II started off as a father-son project eight years ago. The duo picked up the shell in Georgia. Within six months, the project became a father project. The car has been modified from original and turned into a lowered GTX clone. It currently has a 440 under the hood and creates those wonderful noises and smells that only old muscle cars can create.
The grey 2006 Ford Mustang belongs to Nicolle. She always wanted a Mustang with a manual transmission, even though she had never driven a stick. She talked her husband into going for a drive on Black Friday 2018, and they ended up driving the car home. Nicolle learned how to drive a manual transmission from her husband and now prefers a manual transmission.