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CRUISIN': Lakefest antique car show
In July 19 issue, Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

As most locals know Lakefest has one of the nicest Antique Car shows around. This year was no exception.  I didn't make it this year because I was under the weather, but I got a call from Doc Monin who filled me in on a lot of the details.

The show itself started out a little slow. Doc assumed this was because of the weather and rain that came in the morning of the show. By 9:30 AM turnout was down from last year. As time went on it started looking a little better and the cars started rolling in.

About 11:00 am about 125 cars showed up for the annual event.

The turn out on the older cars was a little less this year. There were only 4 Model A's.

There were none from the 20's and that was unusual. About six cars from the 30 and four from the 40's we there. There was a nice showing of cars from 50's, 60's and 70's. Once again the weather was a big factor in that.

One of the nicest cars appearing in the show was a 1953 Citron. This car had belonged to the same family for over 50 years and was just recently shipped here from France. That in it self was worth going to the show to see.

Another fine car that was in attendance was a 1933 Dodge 4 door Sedan. This is a car with wooden spoke wheels. Also on display was a cherry 1936 Ford Roadster.

The Top prize winner in the show went to Carol Rowsey out of Danville Ky. for his 1954 Ford. According to Mr. Rowsey he has over $60,000.00 in the car. It is better shape now than when it was new and fresh off the assembly line.

The Top Ford went to a 1970 Boss Ford Mustang owned by Mr. Richie out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Top GM went to a 1962 Chevy Convertible owned by Wayne Likens. And the best Mopar went to a Dodge Charger RT 440. Sorry but Doc could not remember the name of the owner and the car was not from this area. The best Orphan Car went to a 1951 Kaiser Manhattan belonging to HF Houston out of Tennessee.

There was a good turn out in trucks also according to Doc. There were several from the 50's to the 70's in attendance. All in all it show turned out very well.

Doc wanted to thank all who helped and gave their time to assist and help put on another really good show this year. I personally think a BIG  Thank you should go out to Doc Monin also who has worked hard every year to try to put in a fantastic show for Lakefest.

THE GTO

One of the first cars regarded as a true Muscle Car was the Pontiac GTO. The GTO is considered the most famous muscle car in high performance history. Before 1964 performance cars were full sized hardtops and sedans with the largest displacement engines available.

This type of car was very slow off the line but would really move on once you got it moving. Car buffs just knew you could go a lot faster if you put those big engines in a smaller, lighter car. The Pontiac GTO was an attempt by General Motors to build a factory Hot Rod.

When they first produced the GTO it was all kept pretty quiet. In fact the 1964 GTO was not even mentioned in the line up of new cars in their full line up catalog. A brochure about the GTO didn't appear until the car had already been out for a year. By then the car had already been a big success due to very favorable media coverage and word of mouth advertising. This caused the sale of the GTO to go through the roof.

In 1964 GM introduced an all new body platform. This included the Tempest, Lemans, Olds F85 and Cutlass. The option of the RPO 382 was on the list of options for 64 at a cast of $295.95. The heart of this GTO option package was it's 325 horsepower, 389 cubic inchV8 with a 421 style cylinder head, duel exhaust. It also included a Carter AFB 4 barrel carburetor, special hydraulic lifters, Hurst shifter, a heavy duty clutch and suspension, hood scoops, bucket seats and more. The GTO option in 64 was available on Lemans bodies, 2 door coupe, hardtop and convertible.

Myself being a music man I found that part of the success of the GTO was the free advertisement the car got when John Wilkin wrote the song Little GTO.  The song was recorded in Nashville by a group of studio musicians. After the song became a big hit they named the group Ronnie & the Daytona's. There were over 500,000 copies sold of the song that had the line, "three duces, four speed and 389. This was played over and over again over the radio and on record players to the GTO's key customer group.

Originally GM sales production of the GTO was to be 5,000 but after the sale and orders for the GTO took off GM produced 32,450 models of the 1964 machine.

Through out the years other changes had been made as far as engines and body styles but it never hurt the popularity of the car or it's sales.

If your Car Club is having an event you would like us to tell everyone about drop me a line with all the information at djron47@yahoo.com. All information on events needs to be turned in at least two weeks before the event.

Also with summer here you may want to have one of the Clubs in the County bring their cars for display at your club or church or function.  Once again drop me a line and I will get you in touch with the Clubs in the area. The clubs of Russell County are more than happy to show off their cars.

Till next time Keep Cruisin.
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