?Pekin’s Jeff Martin resurrects historic family car for return to Pekin Parade PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 00:00

"Leapin' Lena is back!!

   “Leapin Lena”, a phrase not heard in a while.
    For those who remember the 60's and 70's and were fortunate enough to be in attendance at a few of the Pekin Fourth of July parades or even the Washington County Fair Parades, one vehicle from those events sticks out in their minds. “Leapin’ Lena”, an old Model T Ford that did wheelies and spun.
    “Leapin’ Lena” as the car was generally called, was a staple at most every parade throughout the area in the late 50's, the 60's and 70's and early 80's.
    Her owner, Jr. Martin of Pekin, took the fabled rod to parades from Indianapolis to Louisville, to showcase the vehicle’s unusual abilities.
    This year, the car will make its glorious return to the Pekin Fourth of July parade, as Martin’s son, Jeff, recently repurchased and resurrected the vehicle after year’s in a Mitchell junk yard.
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