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Car enthusiast’s vehicle honors fallen veteran

July 10, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The 32nd Hot Rod Super Nationals is now in the record book. It was well attended in spite of the weather and was full of local vehicles that each has its own story and history. One of those unique stories comes from Pat Armstrong of Boardman.

Armstrong had two vintage vehicles entered in the Super Nationals. One was his 1965 Pontiac Catalina that was fairly new to Armstrong's stable.

"I have only owned the car for a month," he said. "It has 37,000 original miles on it."

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Pat Armstrong of Boardman poses with his '52 Chevy and his '65 Pontiac Catalina, which were both on display during this year’s Hot Rod Super Nationals.

His second entry was his 1952 Chevrolet that he has owned for the past 20 years. The car has some special memories that dates back to when Armstrong was a young man.

He said the car belonged to a good friend, Bill Gorvette. His friend was called into the service and shipped off to Viet Nam where he lost his life in battle.

"Thirty years later I ended up with the car," Armstrong said. "I got it in pieces."

He said the car was completed gutted and redone to its present beauty. It is a special vehicle for Armstrong as it honors his friend's memory. Armstrong said he is proud to share the story and enjoyed showing it off at this year's big event.



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