Erie Coast Customs 

& Collision Center

33660 E. Royalton Rd
 (St Rt 82)
Columbia Station, OH  44028
 Hours: Mon- Fri 9-6,
Saturday by 
appointment only.
Cleveland AutoRama
The AutoRama was definitely one to remember.  Erie Coast Customs gathered quite a few awards!  Here is a list of the some of the awards that Erie Coast helped to win in previous years:

1961 Impalla Bubbletop- 1st Place Conservative Hardtop

1966 Chevelle- Award of Excellence Mild Hardtop & ISCA Overall Street Achievement

1984 BMW- 1st Place Conservative Hardtop  80- 89 & ISCA Street Achievement Engine

1999 Blazer- 1st Place Mini 4x4 Utility Wagon Mild & ICSA Street Achievement Truck

1941 BSA M20 Motorcycle- 2nd Place Antique

2002 Cadillac-  4th Place Conservative Hardtop 00-07

1971 Mustang- 2nd Place in Altered Restored

To see all of the pictures from the 2010 Cleveland AutoRama- click here: Erie Coast Customs & Collision AutoRama Pics

Patty Rolko Erie Coast Customs and Collision Columbia Station Ohio

Auto-Rama veteran is back this year with her Chevy Blazer

Patty Rolko of Columbia Station has a dog named Chevy that she adopted a number of years ago. Rolko also thinks that nothing would be finer than “a perfume that smells like race gas.” And she owns a 1999 Chevy ZR2 Blazer that is lifted 12 inches and that has 18 interior speakers.  Only three can be seen. Those things alone would probably qualify her as an official gearhead.
But Rolko has been riding dirt bikes, talking carburetors, and getting car wax underneath her fingernails ever since she was a teenager. Today she and her partner, Mike Apelons, own Erie Coast Customs and Collision Center in Columbia Station.
“Mike and I like cars that are different,” said Rolko, which partly explains why the couple has enjoyed showing off their custom cars at the Cleveland Auto-Rama for many years.
Her pewter-colored Blazer, with its shaved door handles and taillights, made its first appearance at the show in 2004. The vehicle, along with about 10 other custom vehicles that the couple have worked on, will be at the 46th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Cleveland Auto-Rama 2012, which runs March 16 to 18 at the I-X Center.
“Auto-Rama vehicles are judged by the International Show Car Association, so an award really means that your work is being recognized,” said Rolko. “We’ve got a lot of first place awards for our cars and our customers’ cars.”
And it’s not just the couple’s cars that get noticed. They own an off-road Polaris Razor that has been completely custom painted and air-brushed.
“It’s kind of ridiculous to think that we take the Razor through mud and stuff when it’s all tricked out with chrome,” confessed Rolko. “But it’s fun.”
There is also a serious side to Rolko’s deep devotion to all things with wheels, which gives her a chance to give back to her community and to her profession. Her company is the sponsor of the Littlest Heroes Benefit Car Show to support children with cancer and their families in northeast Ohio. The show is June 2 at Columbia Park in Columbia Station. She and Apelons also sponsor internships at their body shop and contribute to scholarships for students who are interested in their specific automotive specialty.
What’s Rolko’s advice to a woman who is interested in having a vehicle customized? 
“Stay involved and stop in the shop while the work is going on. Do your own research. I do research on every part that is supposed to be on one of my cars.”