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June 26, 2014

Chevelles to highlight June Cruise

Somerset —

Nifty, nifty. Look who’s 50.
The Chevelle is celebrating its 50th anniversary as part of the American car consciousness this year, and Somernites Cruise is helping the iconic vehicle celebrate in style.
That’s right — the Chevrolet Chevelle is getting its own showcase area at this weekend’s downtown classic car show for the first time ever, and organizers are optimistic about positive response.
“It’s kind of unknown territory for us,” said Cruise team member Mark Hansford. “We feel like there’s a desire there (for something like this). We hope there’s a great turnout. ... We’re taking a chance but felt the trade-off was worth it because it gives variety to the show and gives car owners who don’t usually get recognized a chance to get recognized on the 50th anniversary.”
Hansford noted that when the Chevelle was first introduced in 1964, it had a smaller engine than people today might realize. The car grew in stature— and in power — over the years, including the introduction of the El Camino and its unique truck-like appearance.
“Chevy still makes the Malibu, the modern-day incarnation of the Chevelle,” said Hansford. “It’s a pretty popular mid-size family vehicle. That’s what (Chevelles) were from the beginning: a mid-size ‘everyman’ car. They weren’t hot rods, not ultra-fast. The most popular (time for them) was around 1965 to 1972, at the height of the muscle car era.”
Since the Chevelle is a first-time Somernites specialty, one of the regular showcase events had to be bumped from the 2014 schedule to make room for it on Saturday. That happened to be the Camaros and Firebirds show. But fans of those cars shouldn’t fret — they’ll be back next year.
“We didn’t forget about them. They’re not off the schedule permanently,” said Hansford. “We just had to move something around.”

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