A paradise for classic car lovers

GLEN CARBON — Overcast skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the 2023 Kicks on 66 Car Show on Saturday.

The show’s new venue was Schon Park and the village combined the Glenfest event, usually held in October, with the car show. The park’s main parking lot was designated for elected officials and first responders and served as a gateway for classic car owners to enter their vehicles.

Edwardsville residents Lisa and Jeff Downs brought their white 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle coupe to the show. Jeff Downs said the car retains its original bodywork.

The Chevelle was a Chevrolet A-body or mid-size car of the time. GM completely revamped the A-bodies in 1968, and the 1968 through 1972 models, especially the two-doors, became highly sought after by collectors. They are often referred to as the last true “muscle cars” from General Motors.

In 1972, engine production began to be measured in net terms, rather than gross. Three years later, catalytic converters became standard in the exhaust systems of all cars and light trucks sold in the United States, ushering in what collectors sometimes refer to as the “era of malaise.”

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: