From Vauxhall to Fusion: The Story of Tony Vasilakis (Across the Lot)

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In this episode learn:

The past of a local man and his passion for all things automotive, how the first date with his now wife probably should have sent her walking, and what you can expect when driving around in a bright yellow Austin Healey Sprite.

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Show Length: 23:48

Presented by: Lebanon Ford

Lebanon Ford is a new and used car dealership located in Lebanon, Ohio, serving the greater Cincinnati and Dayton area. Lebanon Ford; Connect. Engage. Drive.

Special Guest: Tony Vasilakis

Tony Vasilakis is a long time customer and friend of Lebanon Ford. Tony currently owns a 2010 Ford Fusion Sport, a 1996 Chevy Silverado, and a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite. Tony caught our attention after posting pictures of his Austin Healey on our Facebook page, along with pictures of his first vehicle, a 1959 Vauxhall Victor. After reading his story about his first vehicle, we decided to bring him in to hear more about his extensive and storied automotive past.

Show Notes

01:17 The Austin Healey Sprite and how it all began.

04:33 The Vauxhall Victor.

07:05 Driving lesson from Tony V., bootleg turns.

09:50 The not-so-perfect first date in the Vauxhall Victor.

11:50 Out with the Vauxhall, in with the Austin Healey.

13:30 Cars now vs. cars then. Which had more personality?

15:20 The looks and stares of driving a yellow Austin Healey Sprite.

17:40 Autocross 101.

19:00 Austin Healey Top Gear Episode

20:05 Tony V. in the community. Relay for life and Tony’s new group, Triad

  • If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with the Triad program, contact Tony Vasilakis at 937-478-3955 or by email at

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