Car Talk Aug. 20 at Tyler Center Open House

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will host its monthly 140th anniversary open house at the Tyler History Center here on Aug. 20. Visitors will receive buy-one, get-one-free admission sponsored by the Home Savings Charitable Foundation.

Guests at the open house can hear a gallery talk in Wheels of Steel: The Mahoning Valley’s Car Culture exhibit. Enthusiasts and collectors Dave Adams, Norm Anderson, Dave Bayowsk and Tony Nicholas will be in the gallery at 1 p.m. to talk about their collections and the car culture in the local area.

Wheels of Steel will be open through Sept. 11.

Adams has been interested in cars since childhood, when his dad got him hooked on racing at Canfield Speedway. He began customizing cars as a teenager, first for friends and then professionally when he opened A&M Automotive with engine builder Ernie Malamisura. Their custom designs consistently took top prizes. Adams also worked with the Alexander Brothers, customizers from Detroit.

Anderson came to Youngstown from Staten Island, N.Y., in the 1960s. A hot rodder, drag racer and motorcycle enthusiast, he enjoys collecting automotive memorabilia and sharing the stories of those who have contributed to car culture.

Bayowski has made his living working with cars, but his passion for collecting and customizing cars began when he was growing up. His father and uncle started collecting high-powered antique and classic automobiles in the 1940s, and he continues that tradition today. Bayowski owns and operates Mahoning Auto and is a founding member of the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club.

Nicholas has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Photography from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He serves as director of Artists of the Rustbelt where he organizes regional artist markets. He has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and is known for his automotive and live performance photography and for his photo collages.

The Aug. 20 open house will take place from Noon to 4 p.m. For more information call the Historical Society at 330 743 2589 or visit this website.

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