A secret labour of love
This season’s final meeting of the Eazy Cruisers Street Club was a particularly memorable one for Steven Szabad.
When the 84-year-old Glen Robertson resident joined his friends in the Chartrand’s Your Independent Grocer parking lot, he thought it would be typical club meeting – standing around and talking about and looking at classic cars.
Little did he know that his friends had a big surprise for him. When he wasn’t looking, they unveiled a 1930 Model A five-window coupe, a car Mr. Szabad had purchased in Montreal in 1960.
It had since fallen into a state of disrepair and Mr. Szabad was anxious to see it restored. Little did he know that his friend, Ian Preston, had been secretly doing that very thing on his property for the past six months.
The way Mr. Preston tells it, the car was pretty much a “frame and a body” when he began rejuvenating the vintage vehicle. “I pretty much worked on it from the ground up,” says Mr. Preston, who says that restoring cars is a “hobby” for him.
An elated Mr. Szabad downplayed the hobby aspect, saying that Mr. Preston is one of the best.
The restoration work was a labour of love from the Eazy Cruisers to Mr. Szabad, who has long been a member of the local car community. Mr. Preston notes that Mr. Szabad was involved in a lot of car shows in Montreal and is well known among classic car enthusiasts.