Chevs all revved up for show

The Riverine Herald - - ECHUCA MOAMA AUTO - By David Chap­man

PREPA­RA­TIONS for a Chevro­let con­ven­tion in Echuca-Moama next month are ramp­ing up with more than 150 clas­sic car lovers set to con­verge on the twin towns.

Or­gan­is­ers were in Echuca-Moama on the week­end to talk to Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives and tie up some loose ends re­gard­ing the three-day event.

The 567 (55-56-57) Chev Club of Vic­to­ria is host­ing the 12th an­nual Chevro­let Con­ven­tion be­tween Oc­to­ber 13 and 15.

Or­gan­iser Tony Anas­ta­sio drove his 1955 Chevro­let Bel Air Con­vert­ible to Echuca on the week­end to show res­i­dents along the Mur­ray River what they could ex­pect next month.

Mr Anas­ta­sio has owned the car for 18 years which he says is in ‘‘to­tally orig­i­nal’’ con­di­tion.

‘‘It’s a beau­ti­ful Anas­ta­sio said.

‘‘It orig­i­nally came from Amer­ica. A guy from Bal­larat brought it in and he later sold it to a friend of mine near where I lived in Li­ly­dale.

‘‘I’ve al­ways loved 55 Chevs. My ul­ti­mate car was a 1955 chev con­vert­ible.

‘‘I saw the car when it was in Bal­larat and I said to the guy if you ever de­cide to sell it let me know.’’

Un­for­tu­nately when it came up for sale, Mr Anas­ta­sio had just bought a hot rod so couldn’t af­ford it.

‘‘But my friend it was sold to only had it two or three years and then said to me ‘do you want it?’,’’ Mr Anas­ta­sio said.

‘‘I had sold my hot rod by then so I said yes.’’

Mr Anas­ta­sio has done lit­tle to the car, say­ing ‘‘as much as you see it in the photo’’ is how he bought it.

‘‘I’ve just up­dated the brakes which makes it a bit more user friendly when driv­ing,’’ he said.

It has one of Chevro­let’s first V8 en­gines — ‘‘what they call a baby 265’’ — and an orig­i­nal two-speed Pow­er­glide trans­mis­sion.

‘‘She’s a nice old Anas­ta­sio said.

‘‘I don’t drive it that of­ten. It doesn’t come out as nearly as of­ten as it should.

‘‘It runs along.’’

Mr Anas­ta­sio said few Chevy con­vert­ibles were im­ported into Aus­tralia and those that were were con­verted for use as con­sulate cars.

Also on show at Aquatic Re­serve with Mr Anas­ta­sio’s Bel Air was a mod­i­fied pur­ple 1957 Chevy pick-up com­plete with a 350 Chev Turbo 400 en­gine.

Mr Anas­ta­sio ad­mits he has a pas­sion for old cars. cruiser,’’ Mr girl,’’ Mr beau­ti­fully and purrs

‘‘As a kid I had an FC Holden as a pad­dock bomb,’’ he said.

‘‘I al­ways loved the FC Holden shape and I guess the Chevro­let was the next step up.

‘‘I had a four-door 55 Chev and I built it up from scratch and it went on from there.

‘‘It’s what I do now. I re­store and re­build and mod­ify old clas­sic cars and hot rods.’’

The 12th an­nual Chevro­let Con­ven­tion is held every two years and is back in Echuca-Moama af­ter vis­it­ing the twin towns in 2015.

‘‘We gen­er­ally choose dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions,’’ Mr Anas­ta­sio said.

‘‘We’ve been to Bal­larat, Wan­garatta and Bendigo but the last time we were in Echuca we were re­ceived so well and had such a great time we planned on com­ing back.’’

The event will kick off on the Fri­day with reg­is­tra­tions and a sausage siz­zle at Vic­to­ria Park.

The Satur­day will fea­ture a poker run around Echuca, be­fore a cruise along the Mur­ray River to Mor­ri­son’s Win­ery, and then a din­ner dance at Moama RSL.

The main event is the Show ‘n’ Shine on Sun­day, be­tween 9am and 2pm, at Aquatic Re­serve.

That day will fea­ture bands, awards and a ma­jor raf­fle.

Mr Anas­ta­sio said or­gan­is­ers had re­ceived a good re­sponse and as well as the 150 car en­trants, Sun­day’s Show ‘n’ Shine was ex­pected to bring in ex­cess of 250 cars.

The con­ven­tion comes at the end of the Buick Car Club of Vic­to­ria’s 50th an­niver­sary event in Echuca with ve­hi­cles from that event ex­pected to stay on for the Chevro­let show.

Steve Hunt­ley.

Clas­sic dis­play: The 1957 Chevy pick-up and 1955 Chevro­let Bel Air Con­vert­ible (in­te­rior in de­tail, bot­tom in­set) are just two of the models which will be on dis­play at the Chevro­let con­ven­tion in Echuca-Moama next month. Photo:

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