Way to Go, Joe!

Muscle Car Review - - News & Stuff -

Joe Salvo, who is the cochair­man for the Car Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee at the San Marino Mo­tor Clas­sic (see page 32) and whose cars have ap­peared on a cou­ple of our covers over the years, was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the An­tique Au­to­mo­bile Club of Amer­ica’s (AACA) Zenith Award com­pe­ti­tion. Just 16 cars from the more than 3,500 that were judged at AACA shows around the coun­try were nom­i­nated for the Best Restora­tion award, which rec­og­nizes the best restora­tion of the pre­vi­ous year and was handed out at the AACA Grand Na­tional meet at Greens­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, in June.

Cars par­tic­i­pat­ing for the award ran the ga­mut from Salvo’s 1970 Chev­elle SS396 to a Model T pickup. While Salvo and re­storer Chris White worked hard for years to make the Chev­elle as ac­cu­rate (and beau­ti­ful) as pos­si­ble, the Zenith Award went to a stately 1935 Packard with some 11,000 hours in­vested in its restora­tion. For his ef­forts, Salvo re­ceived the crys­tal tro­phy he is hold­ing at the show, where it was so hu­mid, “you could see steam com­ing off the tree­tops,” he said.

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