Re­stored Chevy Nova wins in Ocean City show

Record Observer - - News - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Steve Rober­son was grin­ning from ear to ear as he stood next to the six-foot-tall tro­phy that he re­cently brought home from the an­nual Cruisin’ Ocean City auto show.

Next to the tro­phy was the ve­hi­cle that earned it — a metic­u­lously re­stored 1971 Chevro­let Nova that won a best in show award dur­ing the four-day event in May. Ac­cord­ing to the Cruisin’ Ocean City web site, over 500 win­ners were se­lected by “var­i­ous busi­nesses, town rep­re­sen­ta­tives, com­mu­nity lead­ers, event spon­sors” and oth­ers.

Nearly two dozen ven­dors go through the park­ing lots look­ing at the var­i­ous ve­hi­cles and choose win­ners, ac­cord­ing to Rober­son. In his case, Op­tima Bat­tery picked his car as one of the win­ners in the mus­cle car cat­e­gory.

“It’s quite an honor to be picked,” he said. Rober­son de­scribed mus­cle cars as the “cars we grew up with,” and said they have been a hobby of his for many years.

There were close to 3,500 ve­hi­cles tak­ing part in the 26th an­nual Cruisin’ Ocean City event, be­long­ing to folks from 20 states and Canada, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web site. A high point of the show is a pa­rade fea­tur­ing the ve­hi­cles along the Ocean City board­walk.

When Rober­son ac­quired his Nova “six or seven years ago,” it was in pretty good shape, but it needed a new roof, he said. So the en­tire roof was re­moved and re­placed and it’s im­pos­si­ble to see where the new joins with the old. He and his wife Linda have taken it to a num­ber of shows and pa­rades in the re­gion, in­clud­ing ones in Ridgely and Eas­ton as well as Ocean City. They also par­tic­i­pated with it in a show in Cruisin’ the Coast in Biloxi, Mis­sis­sippi. It has won a num­ber of tro­phies in pre­vi­ous shows, he said, dis­play­ing the var­i­ous tro­phies.

There isn’t a blem­ish to be seen any­where on the body, which is sil­ver with a dark gray rac­ing stripe. The mo­tor is so spot­less — clean enough to eat off of. He says he uses spe­cial prod­ucts in main­tain­ing it and of­ten wipes it down.

“I drive it around a lot. I like to drive it around,” he said, adding that he is care­ful where he parks so it doesn’t get any dings in the body.

Rober­son, who is a Queen­stown-based plumber, said he is cur­rently work­ing on an­other mus­cle car — a 1967 Chevro­let Chev­elle. He is plan­ning a to­tal restora­tion of the ve­hi­cle. “I al­ways wanted a 67 Chev­elle,” he said.

PHOTO BY JACK SHAUM

Steve Rober­son proudly dis­plays the best in show tro­phy he re­cently won in Ocean City for his metic­u­lously re­stored 1971 Chevro­let Nova, right. With him are his wife Linda and daugh­ter Rachel.

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