LIMA — The same car Randy Heppeard used to make his getaway with his bride three decades ago was used by his son for the same stunt.
That car, a 1969 Z28 Camaro, was on display Saturday at the Real Wheels car show sponsored by The Lima News. The event has been running for more than 10 years and gives the owners of classic cars a chance to show off their projects.
Heppeard, who is from Van Wert, was showing off the dark-green classic car with a 302, 8-cylinder engine he had restored two years ago. He actually had to act quick two years ago because his son wanted to use it in his wedding.
“He wanted to use it to get away from the church,” he said.
With help from a man in Indiana, Heppeard was able to restore it that included a paint job. All together, he has about $30,000 in it since he bought it, he said.
As far as Heppeard knows, he’s the third owner. Two others raced the car until he bought it 31 years ago. It has 25,000 miles on it and Heppeard mainly drives it to shows.
The car is as fast as it looks, he said.
“I’ve had it up to about 90 mph and it was just cruising,” he said. “It will go a lot faster.”
Heppeard’s Z28 was one of 140 cars expected to be at the show Saturday at Clocktower Plaza. Those entering the show compete for prize money awarded in six divisions with 20 total winners, said Bill Clinger, marketing director for The Lima News.
The car show also is a good time for the public, Clinger said.
“We see all ages. We see grandparents coming with their grandkids showing them cars. It’s what makes it fun,” he said.
Tom Reese Sr., of Waynesfield, was showing off a 1929 Ford Model A he bought just more than a year ago. He bought the car kind of on a whim.
“I was talking to my brother-in-law and he was looking at Corvettes. I said why you looking at Corvettes. I would rather have a Model A. It evolved from there,” he said.
Reese bought the Model A, with its original engine, off a man from Beaverdam who had it painted and partially restored. He took it from there.
“I have changed some parts. I updated the radiator, the lights, a new horn. I’ve always liked cars my whole life but never really had a classic car,” he said. “I’ve just always liked Model A’s.”
The car even has air conditioning, Reese said jokingly.
“The front window opens up,” he said.
Reese has been hit by the classic car show bug. He’s hit six to eight shows this year, usually each weekend, he said.
Two weeks ago at a show at the Lima Ford Engine Plant, Reese won Best of Show.