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Car show revs up downtown


Car show revs up downtown

The new exhibit “Electric Avenue” cruised into the Classics on Main Car Show Saturday.

The exhibit featured electric and hybrid cars for visitors of the event to look at and learn about from experts.

More than 200 cars lined Main Street during the show, from the newest of today to classsic cars from the past.

For Ken Snead, the show was an opportunity to show off a gift he bought two years ago.

When Ken saw a 1963 Volkswagon Beetle at a used car lot, he knew he had to have it — for his wife.

Ken bought the car on the spot, put it in his gargage and waited for his wife to come home.

“At first I was shocked when he said to me ‘I bought it for you,’” Amy Snead said. “It took me awhile to absorb it all.”

Now Amy drives her gift to places such as the grocery store and car shows, like the Classics on Main Car Show.

Another exhibitor, Rod Wenig, has owned his 1934 truck cab since he was 12 and said he enjoyed coming to the car show to show off his truck and see all the old cars.

“My favorite part is that I built it and I drive it,” he said. “It’s the pride of building your own vehicle.”

Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards presented 51 trophies to various car owners including People’s Choice and Best of Show.

Games such as “Name That Song” and classic car trivia were played over the public announcement system throughout the afternoon.

For sophomore Cece Chery and recent graduate Liza Rose Mugnolo, the car show was an opportunity to showcase their new band The Dark Gypsies.

The women played in front of Answer Factory and had one of the guitar cases open to receive donations from visitors.

“I love just playing music for the people,” Chery said. “It’s my favorite thing to do.”

Mugnolo said she and Chery are two wandering souls who enjoy coming out and sharing their talents with Bowling Green.

“It’s life, music is life,” Mugnolo said. “It’s about sharing and doing what you want to do. It’s a way to express the universal love we have between each other.”

Although the performers were receiving donations, they said money doesn’t matter as much as the music does.

“It’s not for the money,” Mugnolo said. “If it’s for the money, then it’s for all the wrong reasons.”

Money, however, was an item some visitors didn’t mind spending at the event. Visitors purchased fair-like food from vendors and people selling water bottles to keep cool on the 90-degree day.

Aside from the display of new and old cars and the ability to meet fellow classic car owners, Snead said he enjoyed watching his wife show off his gift to her.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime gift,” he said. “She ought to have a fun car to drive.”

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