Don Herron, a Cardington native and 1970 Cardington-Lincoln High School graduate, now residing with his wife, Kaye, in Port Charlotte, Florida, was featured in an automobile related article published recently in The Sun, an area newspaper. Don Royston is president and co-founder of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America SW and penned the story on Herron.
The focus was on the black 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider owned by Don who purchased it new because “of Alphas being the epitome of affordable Italian Sports cars.” He later purchased a similar version of the same car in red for Kaye. Both cars were featured in the Open Cruise In held at the Home Depot in Punta Gorda last spring .
The story covers Herron’s life in Marion and Morrow Counties. During high school he played basketball and baseball, excelling in both. He won a baseball scholarship to The Ohio State University where he was a pitcher from 1971 to 1974. He also pitched for the Worthington Steel “Redbirds” baseball team, a Columbus based team where his skills were a factor in their annual wins. He was recruited by a Scout to pitch for the farm team of the Montreal Expos in Alberta.
Don’s first auto in high school was a 1962 Corvair Monza, and later he acquired a 1967 Mustang and a 1968 Firebird with a 400 engine. His first new car was a 1984 Buick and later a Mercury Marquee sedan.
Car enthusiasts will be interested to know that the 1991 Spider is a 2.0 liter, four cylinder, dual overhead cam, 121 H transmission- manual 5-speed weight 2657 pounds; 0 to 60 mph, 9.8 seconds, top speed, 119 mph.
Herron, who also owns a 1970 Cadillac and two Jaguars, said he spends his days swimming about a mile in his pool each day and “I enjoy having no responsibility.”
The full length version of this story can be found on our website at www.morrowcountysentinel.com.
Evelyn Long is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at [email protected]