LIMA — Life has changed quite a bit for Susie Smith, 57, of Bluffton, since she purchased her 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30.
However, she is still enjoying life with her ride.
Smith bought the vehicle in 2003 to compete at car shows against her late husband, who sadly passed away in 2011. He also owned a 1970 Oldsmobile 444 W30.
“We had a fun rivalry,” Smith said. “It made it fun. I won a little bit more, he said it was because my car was fresher with a new paint job.”
Since her first husband’s death, Smith has sold his car and has now remarried. However, the fun of showing the car at shows did not stop. Smith said the car is still in the area.
“I am still competing against it in area shows,” Smith said.
Smith recalled several years ago when her daughter had asked to use the car in her approaching marriage. The plans were made, but the Rebel Run Car Show was also in Lima the same weekend.
“We had the windows down and all of that smoke and rubber were coming back in the car,” Smith said. “We were worried about her wedding dress.”
The wedding went on without a problem, but Smith’s love for this particular make and model has continued.
“My former husband got me started on them and now they are not made any more,” Smith said. “I just like the look, the body style. They look like they are fast standing still.”
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