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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Can’t keep a good Pirate down

His first car was a 1949 Ford

1949 Ford in magazine ad.

The 1949 Ford was selected by the Fashion Academy of New York as the Car of the Year for excellence in design and style appeal. The first car owned by Larry Ross of Leamington, Ontario, was a light blue 1949 Ford 2-door sedan purchased second-hand from Eaton Motors, the local Ford-Monarch dealership. It had independent front suspension and parallel leaf springs for the first time, giving it excellent handling and comfort. It was a good car that gave good service, but Larry wanted it to blend in with other cars driven back then by teenagers. He took it to Lloyd Thomas’s body shop on Oak Street East where the hood ornament and trunk handle were shaved off. Hollywood mufflers and dual exhausts boosted the horsepower and Larry briefly became a member of the Leamington Road Runners Rod and Custom Club formed in the early ‘50s. Meetings were held in the basement of Johnny Freund’s house, whose father operated an auto repair business. Larry’s ’49 Ford was soon replaced with a metallic green 1950 Ford 2-door, the first year for push-button door handles. His next car was a ’52 Ford from the Ford dealer in nearby Kingsville, with the gas filler cap behind the rear license plate for the first time. Later still, Larry owned a 1954 Ford hardtop with a cream top and brown body, reflecting the popularity of 2-tone cars back then, followed by a ’55 Merc, a ’57 Merc, then another ’54 Ford when he and Madeline were married. Larry also owned a ’33 Ford coupe with his brother, Jim. They replaced the original flathead V8 with a ’55 Meteor V8 from the Ford dealer in nearby Essex. A newer transmission brought the gear shift up to the steering column (“three on the tree” we used to say) and an electric motor for the trunk lid moved it up and down. Motorcycles were also part of Larry’s early life. He acquired a 1940 Indian motorcycle at age 14 and later switched to Harleys when he belonged to the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club. The cars and bikes are now gone, but the memories live on. I’m always looking for stories. Email billtsherk@sympatico.ca.

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submitted to EFP Regardless of touchdown saving tackles by Keirin Wright and Joey Desmarais, and hard nosed blocking by Cooper Britenbaugh and Tobey Trepanier on Sunday, October 6, the CIBC Mortgages Bulldogs remain undefeated and the Canadian Tire Essex Pirates football team experienced its second loss of the season. Jimmy Hayes took the first handoff for Essex, eight yards up the middle, and Braylon Travis took the next snap fifty plus yards for a touch down. The skies looked clear for the Pirates. The Bulldogs answered back with their own TD, then behind Ben Taylor, Nate Nehmetallah, Blaise Krause, and Dax Rounding, Essex powered down the field to the red zone. The Bulldogs stopped the threat, then broke for another long TD run. Although the Pirates scored one more TD off a Jasper Mills surge, the skies

turned on the Pirates, and their treasure would elude them for the week. Carson Mergl, and JR Kotyk played tough on both sides of the ball, and coaches selected David Coates to lead the game end battle cry. Come see Brendan Ledoux, Pryce Webb, BJ Balaara, and the rest of the Pirates lift themselves up, and turn their sails towards next Sunday’s contest against the U of W Lancers at Mic Mac Park, 2:00 pm. For schedules, game results, and information, visit the Windsor Minor Football website at wmfa86.com.

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