A se­cret labour of love

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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