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Sat 7:58pm: Falls car show includes tribute to deceased residents

June 22, 2013
By CHRISTOPHER BOBBY - Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |

NEWTON FALLS -- Coming Sunday, reporter Christoper Bobby covers the 27th annual Newton Falls Car Show held today.

Among the entries was a three-wheeled, 1955 Messerschmitt KR200. The car is owned by the Stoner brothers, who entered the vehicle in the name of their parents, Falls residents Ken and Dolores Stoner, killed earlier this month in a car crash.

"Dad would have wanted to be here. He touched base with these folks and was planning to see them," said Ron Stoner.

Ken Stoner won the then-new car in a drawing almost 60 years ago at the Century Food Store on Main Street in Warren. The car was designed by the former German fighter pilot engineers who started a car plant after World War II.

The whole top hatch opens like a cockpit and an electric fan is mounted on the spare tire to cool the motor.

"It's a 200 cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine that gets between 80 to 100 miles per gallon and gets up to 55 mph. Of course, gas mileage wasn't important back in 1956," said Stoner. "We used to play in it as kids."



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