OHIO VALLEY — This past Saturday brought a street full of Chevys, Fords, and Mopars to Point Pleasant’s Market Days event. Enthusiasts from both Mason and Gallia counties gathered along Main Street, making a display of horsepower and chrome.
On display were several classics, including on 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible, an original, matching numbers car owned by Glenn Arms of Gallia County. Matching numbers refers to the identification numbers of the parts of the car, and they all match to what the car was first built with from the factory.
Arms had recently purchased the Chevelle, which had not been started in 16 years. This is also not the first time it has been featured in a publication. It was also featured in Super Chevy Magazine. Mechanically, the engine is a 327 cubic inch small block v8 with upgraded heads and an Offenheiser triple duece – a high performance intake with three carburetors to feed the engine.
The Arms family activity is hot rods and muscle cars, having brought three rides to this show, including a completely original 1983 El Comino and a 1953 Buick. They plan to have their whole fleet at the Gallipolis Car Show scheduled for Aug. 12.
Glenn Spencer was also present with his original, one owner 1981 Chevy Camaro Z28. Spencer purchased the car when he was 18 from Joe Holland Chevrolet in Charleston, W.Va. and has maintained it every since. It is a factory 4-speed manual car, with a 305 cubic inch V8, upgraded camshaft, and Edelbrock induction system.
Spencer, from Mason County, and current resident of Gallia County, is a gearhead (a car enthusiast) through and through.
“I told my daughter than when I die, she gets the car. If she doesn’t want it, she should give it to my nephew,” said Spencer. “I want it to stay in the family, it’s a part of me.”
Brian Sayre, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., brought his 67 Chevelle SS, although this is a SS clone, and has some upgrades from a factory set up. The engine features a 454 cubic inch Chevy big block V8, that has been stroked to 496 cubic inches making about 600 horsepower. Joe Jeffers worked extensively on the car, making it what it is according to Sayre.
The New Haven Road Angels helped host the show, judged it and gave out awards. The car show was intended to help draw more crowds to Market Days, where vendors set up shop on Main Street to sell and promote their business. Donations made through the car show were collected for the Market Days Committee.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.