10/08/11 7:00am
10/08/2011 7:00 AM

Sal Marzano, 71, of Manorville owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for October 6. Scroll down to see what he had to say about his 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS.

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1) When did you get the car?
I got the car in 2001. I bought it in Atlantic City at the Atlantic City auction in February. They have a car corral where they sell the cars off the floor before they went to auction.

2) What shape was it in?
It wasn’t bad, but it needed work. It had rust spots. It was what you call a 20 foot car. From 20 feet away it looked good. The reason I got it was that it was just like the car I owned in 1965, but that one had a hard top. I kept looking for a ’65 because that was the first year they came out with this color Tahitian turquoise. I fell in love.

3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?
I guess getting the body straight. The body was solid. They had to cut out the rust and replace it with metal. JFA auto body in Bohemia did the body work and Unique Performance in Medford did the engine work. I restored the trunk and the back interior.

4) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?
I love the fact that it is a convertible. My wife Sharon and I go cruising in the summer. It makes you feel young again, like you are a kid.

5) What was the first car you owned, make and model?
My very first was a 1954 Ford. It was the Crestline. I bought it in 1959. At that time I only had a certain amount of money to spend. All I had was $500 and it only had 32,000 miles on it.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Sal Marzano, 71 of Manorville owns the News-Review car of the week.

09/10/11 12:01am
09/10/2011 12:01 AM

Steve Shauger, 54 of Baiting Hollow owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for September 8. Scroll down to see what he had to say about his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

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Q: When did you get the car?
A: I bought this car in 1999. I paid $25,000. It was $4,119.45 when it was brand new. The original owner was Gerry Nelson — he purchased it via satellite communication (Tech Controller) while he was stationed in Vietnam.  He bought it at Park Chevrolet in Asbury Park, N.J. When he got back home from Vietnam in October 1968  it was sitting in the dealership showroom.

Q: What shape was it in?
A: It is all original — paint, carpeting, wiring and even the tires. It only has 24,900 miles on it. It has an original eight track player. I have 7 cars, all Camaros, so I only drive it a couple times a month. I just bought back the car I owned in 1976, also a ’69 Camaro. I just bought back my first muscle car that I owned in 1976, also a ’69 Camaro RS/Z28.

Q: What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?
A: I’m just a caretaker. I have four survivor cars, all original Camaros — yellow, white, blue and green. I do all the mechanical caretaking myself. I haven’t restored a car in five years and that last one took me five years.

Q: What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?
A: They are just something that attracted me — it was the styling. They are really refined. 1969 was an iconic year for Camaros. They won the Trans Am racing series in 1968 and 1969. In fact I’m from Pennsylvania and the Penske race team which won was located in my hometown.

Q: What was the first car you owned, make and model?
A: It was a 1966 Ford Galaxy 500. It was a hand-me-down from my sister Carol and brother Dean in 1974.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Steve Shauger, 54 of Baiting Hollow's 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

09/03/11 3:02am
09/03/2011 3:02 AM

Billy Knoernschild, 68, of Cutchogue owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for September 1. Scroll down to see what he had to say about his 1946 Chevy Cabover.

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1) When did you get the car?
I bought it two years ago. Believe it or not I was driving on Indian Neck Lane in Peconic looking for another truck when I saw it in Bob Simon’s driveway. He lives across the street from my son. We went and took a look at it and decided to get it.

2) What shape was it in?
It was in terrible shape. The only thing original is the cab. It was rusted away from age. It came from New Hampshire. They call it a rust bucket.

3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?
Probably the body work. I couldn’t do the body work. I didn’t have the experience.
It is basically three trucks put together. It is part of an ’86, ’97 and a ’05 GMC. I did all the mechanical, all the fittings, drive shafts, shock absorbers and steering. Me and my friend Dave Orth of Wading River did all the fabrications and welding. We’ve been friends since sixth grade in Port Jefferson.

4) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?
The way it came out! It’s an eye catcher. It’s old and it is still eye candy. Realistically I have about $60,000 in it without labor. It is worth in the $100,000 range.

5) What was the first car you owned, make and model?
A 1931 Chevy four door sedan I got in 1959 when I got my license at age 16. I purchased it from a lady who worked for McNamara Pontiac in Port Jefferson. I paid $100. It was rusted when I got it and then I painted it candy apple red.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Billy Knoernschild, 68 of Cutchogue and his 1946 Chevy Cabover.

08/13/11 5:39am
08/13/2011 5:39 AM

Mike Pitts, 52, of Shoreham owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for August 11. Scroll down to see what he had to say about his 1967 Corvette Sting Ray.

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1) When did you get the car?
I purchased it seven years ago in 2004. It was advertised in Chevy Corvette Trader magazine. It was located in Georgetown, South Carolina.

2) What shape was it in?
It was just like this except I redid the interior. I bought it from the second owner. The guy told me it had the original 27,000 miles.

3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?.
I really didn’t have to do much. I detailed the engine compartment, putting the correct hoses and clamps and painted the engine Chevy orange. I did the seats and carpet and put new suspension and new brakes on it, the usual maintenance. If you don’t use these cars things break.

4) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?
I guess that it is a convertible. I mostly drive it to car shows three or four times a summer.

5) What was the first car you owned, make and model?
A 1967 Corvette, it was white. I bought it in 1978 for $2,900. I sold it in 1982 for $10,000. I should have seen the value in it and just parked it in the garage. I own two others, a 1960 turquoise Corvette and a 1967 Corvette coupe. It is an addiction. This one I have for sale for $66,000.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Mike Pitts, 52, of Shoreham owns the News-Review car of the week.

08/06/11 9:44am
08/06/2011 9:44 AM

Randi Hoehl, 45, of Mount Sinai owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for August 4. Scroll down to see what she had to say about her 1968 Chevrolet Camaro.

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1) When did you get the car?

I got this car in 1980. I started saving for this car when I was 11. I saved all my baby sitting money. It was $1100. At $1 an hour that’s a lot of hours.

2) What shape was it in?

Well it needed an engine, the motor was blown. The paint wasn’t good so it needed a paint job. I got it fixed up by 1982. By the time it was done I got my driver’s license. The original color was red but I wanted a brighter red so I helped mix the paint color to get this custom color.

3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?

I think the biggest challenge was upgrading the suspension because I wanted it to handle better. It is like giving birth, even though you have experts in the room you still gave birth to the baby. I researched what needed to be done for two years and decided exactly what I wanted to do to the car. Then my mechanic, I needed his hands to do the work. I chose all the experts to do the work on the car.

4) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?

Oooooh. I love the power it has. That’s my favorite thing.

5) What was the first car you owned, make and model?

This is it, my baby. I have a mom-mobile which is a Toyota Sequoia.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Randi Hoehl in her 1968 Chevy Camaro.

07/30/11 11:42am
07/30/2011 11:42 AM

Alex Horton Jr., 75, of Manorville owns the Times/Review Cruise Night car of the week for July 14. Scroll down to see what his daughter Patti and her boyfriend Tom Pilz had to say about the 1921 Model T Ford.

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1) When did you get the car?

“We are not really sure when my grandfather got it but we remember he drove it in Riverhead’s Bicentennial Parade in 1976. It was originally black out of factory, but when my grandfather owned it it was dark blue,” said Mr. Horton’s daughter Patti.

2) What shape was it in?

“It had been sitting for 30 plus years not running at all. It was rough. It had surface rust all over and some major rust on the body. All the wood frame had to be rebuilt,” said Mr. Pilz, who restored the car.

3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?

“The thing that took me the longest was to find out how the badly rusted steel on the top of the body should look like and get it done. It took me a month of research talking to people and on the internet. I did everything except recore the radiator and rebuild the transmission. Otherwise everything on the car that could be taken off was taken off, rebuilt, sandblasted and painted,” Mr. Pilz said.

4) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?

“Geez, that’s a tough one. There are so many things that amaze me. The ingenious individual coil and the internal magnito ignition system on the car,” he said.

5) What was the first car you owned, make and model?

“I had a 1976 Ford F250 chocolate brown metallic decked out pickup before I was old enough to drive. I think I was 15. I bought it in 1980 and sold it in 1991. The next car I will be restoring is a 1925 Ford Roadster,” he said.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Alex Horton's 1921 Model T Ford.

07/23/11 6:17am
07/23/2011 6:17 AM

Bob Borrusso, 51, of Manorville owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for July 21. Scroll down to see what he had to say about his 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible with continental kit and 312 cubic inch engine. Paint color is gun metal gray.

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1) When did you get the car?
I got the car around four months ago. A friend of mine, Marty Weinmiller, had it for 11 years and I’ve been helping him work on it. One day he asked me if I knew anyone who would want to buy it. I said I did.

2) What shape was it in?
When he got it it needed paint, tires, engine work and suspension — the usual car stuff. It was basically in this condition when I bought it. I did a couple more things to the engine.

3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it, and did you do the work yourself?
The motor work. We did it in his garage without any fancy equipment, just backyard mechanic stuff.

4) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?
That’s hard to pick out. I just like the way the whole car looks. When he got it painted we found the color code and had the paint matched.

5) What was the first car you owned, make and model?
The first car I ever owned was a 1956 GMC pickup, stepside with factory four-wheel drive. It was forest green. I bought it in 1979 for $500 and sold it in 1988 to my brother Joe.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

07/16/11 5:38am
07/16/2011 5:38 AM

Bill Armstrong of Hampton Bays owns the News-Review Cruise Night car of the week for July 14. Scroll down to see what he had to say about his 1930 Model A Ford.

Mr. Armstrong was selected as the car of the week owner by previous car of the week owner, Greg Schlachter of Southold.

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1) When did you get the car?
A long, long time ago.

2) What shape was it in?
It was very rough. Basically I had to construct the whole car. Everything you see here.

3) What was the biggest challenge in restoring it?
Just about everything — seriously. It took years. Hot rods are always evolving. They are never done. I couldn’t say what it would look like two years from now. Things change.

4) Did you do the work yourself?
Oh yes. I have a very large shop at my house. I have a man cave. I can do anything automotive there.

5) What’s your favorite thing/feature on the car?
Everything, literally everything on it. You find parts everywhere: junk yards, farm fields and the internet.

6) What was the first car you owned, make and model?
A 1957 gold Chevrolet Bel Air which I got in 1963 and it was the first car I worked on. My parents bought it new and I owned it for about 10 years.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Bill Armstong of Hampton Bays posed with his 1930 Model A Ford hot rod which has a Chevrolet 383 cubic inch engine,