Clas­sic Chevy su­per­show en­ters 35th year

Austin American-Statesman - - CARS - By David Wil­fong

One of the old­est and most ex­clu­sive car clubs in the Austin area is the Cen­tral Texas Clas­sic Chevy Club (CTCCC). Not only does this club fo­cus on one make of car, it fo­cuses on three par­tic­u­lar years: 1955, 1956 and 1957 (also known as the Tri-Fives).

In co­or­di­na­tion with other state clubs, the Lone Star Clas­sic Chevy Con­ven­tion is held ev­ery year, with the CTCCC host­ing the event ev­ery five years. This year it’s time for the Austin club to host the con­ven­tion again, and they will do so for the 35th time on May 19-20 at the Em­bassy Suites Ho­tel, Spa & Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 1001 E. McCarty Lane in San Mar­cos.

The events be­gin on Fri­day for Tri-Five driv­ers, but of special in­ter­est to the pub­lic is the car show held on Satur­day, when a large gather­ing of ve­hi­cles from the “Golden Years” will be on dis­play.

“We usu­ally have from 100 to 125 cars,” said or­ga­nizer Jim Rankin. “That’s kind of av­er­age. When it’s in Dal­las they usu­ally have a few more cars, but usu­ally around 125 cars, and that’s 1955, 56 and 57. That was when Chevy de­sign re­ally came to the fore­front. That was when Chevy, in 1955, came out with their first V8.”

Other show cars are wel­come to come and dis­play, but only cars that fit the pa­ram­e­ters of the club will be in­cluded in the of­fi­cial show. Ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion for the judged show is $75, but the pub­lic is wel­come free of charge — and can even vote in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Cars can reg­is­ter and dis­play from 8-11 a.m. be­fore the cars go on an af­ter­noon driv­ing cruise through the Hill Coun­try. Awards will be pre­sented at a special ban­quet that evening.

There will be ven­dors on-site through­out the show, and there will be a cus­tom-built bench, fab­ri­cated from old Chevy pickup parts, which will be raf­fled off for a chil­dren’s char­ity.

SV1AMBO ⁄ FLICKR With the ar­rival of the 1955 Chevy, a new era in de­sign be­gan, and is cel­e­brated ev­ery year at the Lone Star Clas­sic Chevy Con­ven­tion.

DON O’BRIEN ⁄ FLICKR The Lone Star Clas­sic Chevy Con­ven­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to get an up close and per­sonal look at a leg­endary se­ries of cars.

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