Tony Guglielmo of Alta Loma and his dad Gary took best in show with their 1938 Buick Special Convertible during San Antonio Regional Hospital’s Health & Hot Rods recent car show and men’s health event.
The classic car was originally purchased in 1939 by Gary’s uncle, Vito Guglielmo. Shortly after the purchase, Vito was drafted into World War II and left for Europe. He died in combat at the age of 23, earning a Gold Star and Purple Heart.
Vito’s mother Petrinella was devastated by the loss and housed the car in her Los Angeles garage for more than 30 years. Her grandson Gary would come to the house and sit inside the car and play, so upon her death, she made sure Gary would receive Vito’s beloved car.
According to Tony, it has won Best of Show at several other car shows as well since the restoration was completed in 2008.
The hospital holds it Health & Hot Rods event each June in honor of Men’s Health month.
“Our goal is to help men learn more about their own health while having fun at the same time,” states James Scheu, Community Health Specialist. “Men typically don’t like to see a doctor until a real health problem occurs. We hope to convince them that preventive care and routine testing is even more important. Health & Hot Rods is a perfect way to do this.”
Despite soaring temperatures, this year’s event was a success, drawing close to 150 participants and 70 cars. More than 85 screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index were administered.
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