Classic Cars and Community Connections

2nd Annual Aspen Lake Car Show a great success in Windsor

By Kristian Partington

Dan Kinney’s proud smile shone as bright as the chrome on the classic cars and trucks lining the parking lot at the Village of Aspen Lake June 25 during the village’s 2nd Annual Car Show.   

Aspen Lake resident Dan Kinney standing in front of his red '56 Chevy Bel Air in a parking lot

His son, Tim, brought Dan’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door hardtop to be part of the show, while some of Dan’s friends and other car enthusiasts with connections to the village helped round the collection out.

It was a true community event, says recreation director Jenny Brown, adding that the annual show is a wonderful way to attract people from outside the village and deepen community connections. It stems from one of their defined goals to enhance these connections by hosting events for the community. During the car show, held under perfectly clear, hot summer skies, people driving by saw the cars, smelled the barbecue smoke and quickly changed direction to wander among the classic cars and chat with those standing near them. In doing so they gained a little more understanding of the village and those who work and live there.

Dan was one of them, comfortable in his new home and modest in his appreciation for the beauty of craftsmanship that defined the car-builders of earlier times. He’s been a collector all his life, owning more than 20 different classics over the years.

“I was in the auto-wrecking business and as I picked them up I kept them, at least the nicer ones,” Dan says. “I was a big fan of the Chevrolets.”

To have his car on display with other rare and beautiful classics was a great point of pride, and Jenny says she could see it upon his face as he stood with his son and friends, chatting with the passersby and the other car enthusiasts.

“It certainly was an opportunity for him to connect with friends and family in a way that’s very familiar to him,” Jenny says, “which is pretty cool.”

“We had so much positive feedback; it was a really great day.”