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Right:
Neighbor
Tommy
Esposito
(left) assists
Art with car
projects.
" You know, your dad used to race, " Ms.
Maiorca said. " You guys are into old cars, "
Art recollects her saying. " You suppose your
dad would be interested in that old wreck
in the garage? " It was a two-door '29 Ford
Model-A.
For only $125, the car would belong
to Art. It was a great deal for that time,
considering that car was worth at
least
$400. He was determined to buy the car
even if it meant paying for it with his
paper route money. All he had to do was
get permission from his father, the late Art
Fehrman Sr., to buy it.
" I'll tell you what, " Art recalls his father
saying to him, " I'll let you buy it. "
There was one condition though.
" Go back and tell her we'll give her $100
dollars for it, " Art remembers his dad telling
him. It wasn't going to be easy.
Ms. Maiorca was not coming down one
cent on the price. Finding himself between
a rock and a hard place, Art came up with a
brilliant solution.
" Don't tell my dad. I'll give you $25 on
the side, " Art remembers saying. " I really
want this car. "
Art bought his very first car that day
and with it, so many memories to make. He
learned for the first time from his father how
to use a sander on the car. Meanwhile, Art's
father and uncle, John, worked on getting the
car running. It took only half an hour, but it
was a half an hour of priceless bonding.
Through high school, Art's '29 Ford
was the center of attention, showing it off
at the behest of his friends whenever they
had a date. One night, on a double date,
Art's friend gave the perfect reason for
showing the car off. Upon making it to the
Eisenhower Expressway, Art put the pedal to
the metal to see how fast the car would go. It
only reached 56 miles an hour, but oh boy,
was it a thrill.
" It felt like we were going 102 (miles
an hour), " Art remembers. " The thing
was shaking and the wind was blowing up
through the holes in the floorboard. "
As time went on, Art found himself
taking on several responsibilities. Juggling
the demands of his family and professional
life, he was not able to devote as much
attention to the Ford. The car wouldn't be
driven for at least another 20 years.
It wasn't until 2012, when Art was easing
himself into retirement, that he could
make time for updating the Ford. With the
help of several friends over the last few years,
Art's timeless classic now proudly shows off
its updated shiny blue body wherever it goes.
Of all the stories that the car carries, however,
there is one that remains close to Art's
heart to this very day. On the right side of
the dashboard there is a woman's name. It's
Art's mother's name - Liz.
" Every time I would come home from
high school, I'd pull in the driveway, " Art
remembers. " My mom would hear the car,
she'd look out the kitchen window, and then
she'd smile. "
While enjoying retirement, Art still
enjoys keeping active in the racing world.
Not only does he sit on the board for The
Villages Motor Racing Fan Club, but he
and his wife Pat Fehrman also help run the
Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame. They're both
currently looking forward to the birth of
their fifth grandchild.
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