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Classic, custom cars gather at Edwardsville High School for 30th Annual D.A.R.E. Car Show – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

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This 1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Pickup attracted a fair amount of attention from passers-by, in part due to its unique exhaust stacks behind the cab. This was one of many vehicles on display at the 30th Annual Edwardsville D.A.R.E. Car Show at EHS Sunday.
The engine bay of the Terraplane, which in 1937, was in its next-to-last model year. 
This 1937 Hudson Terraplane Deluxe was one of the more unique entrants since Hudsons haven’t been made in more than 65 years. 
The Lil’ Red Express borrowed steering wheel and other interior switchgear from the passenger car line. Sarah Yates of Glen Carbon owns the truck.
A row of Chevrolet Corvettes at the 30th Annual Edwardsville D.A.R.E. Car Show at Edwardsville High School Sunday. 
A couple of onlookers sauntered up tot he car to check it out Sunday during the show. Dwight Sutterfield of Troy owns the car.
This 1960 Ford Starliner was part of the show, displaying its Jet Age Styling. Darren Ott of Staunton owns the car.
“Gunny,” a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, was in fantastic condition and drew a lot of attention. Joe and Pam Newman of Edwardsville own the car; the couple just purchased it a couple of months ago.
The crowning touch on Gunny was an A&W food tray that carhops used during the 1950s and 1960s to bring food and drinks to customers. 
The interior of the Ford Starliner showing off more of its Jet Age styling.
Tractors, classic bicycles, motorcycles, Jeeps, muscle and sports cars were just some of the metal on display at the 30th Annual D.A.R.E. Car Show at Edwardsville High School on Sunday.
The weather was ideal with the temperature around 80 degrees, a healthy breeze and the sun playing peek-a-boo with a lot of oversized cumulus clouds. After 12 p.m., a sound system set up on-site began playing period hits from Motown and various decades. Kettle corn, cotton candy and other items were available for purchase with the proceeds going to the local D.A.R.E. program. Activities included a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and kids activities.  
“This is it, the biggest way we fund the program,” Edwardsville Police Officer Jarrod Sprinkle said. “We are able to teach up to 2,000 of our fifth- and seventh-graders in the D.A.R.E. program.”
He said over the years, the program’s focus shifted from ‘Just Say No to Drugs’ to making overall better life choices.
This year’s car show was larger and better attended, both in terms of visitors and those who registered their vehicles, than in 2021.
One of the vehicles near the main entrance was not a car but a 1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Pickup Truck. Owned by Sarah Yates of Glen Carbon, the truck attracted a fair bit of attention from early arrivals. 
The Lil’ Red Express was a stepside pickup with twin exhaust stacks similar to an 18-wheeler. The Li’l Red Express was based on the Dodge D150 and came finished in Canyon Red with gold pinstriping and graphics as well as a wood-trimmed step-side bed and vertical exhaust stacks behind the cab. 

Stepsides had places ahead of and behind the rear arches and wheels for someone to step on to for access to the bed. Pickups started life in the ’30s as stepside models before shifting to fleetside versions, beginning in the mid-1950s. Fleet sides have smooth exterior bedsides and have been dominant bodystyle since. 
A couple of rows over was a 1957 Ford Thunderbird. Joe and Pam Newman of Edwardsville sat in chairs near the rear of “Gunny,” as they call their car. 
“We just bought it a couple of months ago from a friend in California,” Joe said. The friend was dying and wanted the Newmans to buy the car. The friend had owned Gunny for more than 30 years. They purchased Gunny and a ’66 Ford Mustang Convertible, he said.
Finished in Gunmetal Gray, Gunny is just one of 600 examples made in that color in 1957. The car underwent a body-off restoration around 2002 and has a gray-and-black vinyl interior. The crowning touch was the A&W food tray clamped to the driver’s side window; a touch that harks back to the carhops employed by A&W and Steak ‘n Shake back then.
A couple of rows over from the Newmans, Dwight Sutterfield of Troy sat near his 1937 Hudson Terraplane Deluxe. 
“It’s an all-original with no modifications,” Sutterfield said. He said he’s owned the car for two years and he stumbled over it; he wasn’t looking specifically for a Hudson. A friend clued him in that the car was in a barn on a property that was soon going to be liquidated. He bought the car before it was liquidated with the other assets.
He said it needed to be cleaned, some minor engine repair and a few additions like extra lights and reflectors plus a lot of coats of wax. Hudson merged with Nash in 1954 to create the American Motors Company. The Hudson name was discontinued in 1957.
Darren Ott of Staunton brought his 1960 Ford Starliner Coupe to the show. The car was done in white with a red interior, and had a 352 CID V-8 engine, factory A/C, power steering and power brakes. Characterized by its thin roof pillars, fastback styling and slippery aerodynamics, the Starliner symbolized 1960s Jet Age design. 
There were more than 40 vehicle classes and eight motorcycle classes, with awards presented for each class listing. The first 350 vehicles that entered received a commemorative 2022 Dash Plaque.   
Any clubs registering vehicles had a chance to win the $100 Club Award. As in the past, trophy plaques, dash plaques, T-shirts and souvenir booklets include the 30th year commemorative design.    
Charles Bolinger covers Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Edwardsville Township and the Collinsville School District for The Edwardsville Intelligencer. A graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, he has been writing for the paper since 2018. 


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