The showfield at the Dayton Concours d’Elegance last month at Carillon Park. Contributed photo by Haylie Schlater

Car lovers ranked by city: Dayton near the top

A new ranking by confirms what the residents of Dayton have long known: This city loves cars.

“Automobiles are in Dayton’s blood,” a release from the web site said Monday. “The first battery-operated car ignition was developed here 106 years ago, by Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co. Heck, even the country’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton in 1904 — but it did nothing to slow Daytonians from falling head over heels in love with cars, and everything about ‘em.”

Dayton is No. 5 on the web site’s list of the “best” cities for car lovers. Dayton falls just after Richmond Va. (ranked at No. 4) and before Denver (6).

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“There are more car expos in Dayton than in just about any other city of comparable size,” the site says. “Among them is the Dayton Concours d’Elegance, a show that spotlights everything from early 1900s models to classics from the 1960s. Swing by the British Transportation Museum, where you can see more than 40 historical British vehicles, including a 1936 Austin Twenty Mayfair limousine, or America’s Packard Museum, named after the now-defunct luxury car maker.”

Topping the list of the worst cities for auto enthusiasts? New York City, maintains.

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See the whole ranking here.

“For over 100 years, the automotive industry has played a large part in the city of Dayton, and in turn, we’ve made our mark on the history of the automobile,” quotes Kenny Brightman III — founder of Dayton Cars and Coffee, a local outpost of a network of car enthusiasts — as saying.

Dayton-centric auto statistics, according to

Average number of vehicles per household: 1.8

Average gas price per gallon: $2.24

Households with three to five vehicles: 19.7 percent.

Median home price: $139,900

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