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lfred Perez’s love for Chevro­let started when he first put his hands on the steer­ing wheel of a 1955 Chevro­let Task Force. His fa­ther, a huge Chevro­let fan, bought the truck be­fore Al­fred was born. He gave it to Al­fred when the lad was 13 years old – and still learn­ing how to drive. Al­fred has been driv­ing the 1955 Task Force ever since.

The owner of Perez Mo­tor Works in Que­zon City, Metro Manila, Al­fred has been restor­ing ve­hi­cles for more than two decades. How­ever, he has been a Chevro­let afi­cionado for al­most his en­tire life.

He and his fa­ther used to go out car hunt­ing. Re­call­ing his child­hood, Al­fred says, “My dad would get be­hind the wheel of the truck and we’d drive out­side the city to far-away ru­ral ar­eas look­ing for vin­tage cars. The long drives re­ally served as bond­ing mo­ments for me and my dad.”

It was dur­ing one of the car hunts that he and his fa­ther found a 1918 Chevro­let 490 Light De­liv­ery Truck, which was one of the first trucks pro­duced by Chevro­let. Al­though it is not in driv­ing con­di­tion, it re­mains his fa­vorite. Al­fred set­tles on driv­ing his sec­ond fa­vorite truck of all time, the 1955 Task Force.

Speak­ing of the ve­hi­cle and what makes Chevro­let trucks unique, Al­fred says: “A Chevro­let truck is tough, and for me it’s bul­let­proof. Its re­li­a­bil­ity re­ally makes a Chevro­let truck spe­cial.”

Be­yond car hunt­ing, Al­fred now uses his truck for work, load­ing ma­te­ri­als from his shop – and some­times load­ing his bike when he’s look­ing for a dif­fer­ent kind of ad­ven­ture. Of course, his truck’s space, ver­sa­til­ity and rugged­ness match his lifestyle.

“Chevro­let trucks are re­ally like an ex­ten­sion of my­self,” says Al­fred proudly. “Like the Chevro­let truck, I also con­sider my­self to be tough, and be­lieve I can weather any storm that life throws at me.”

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