Nova Takes First

Food Lion AutoFair Best of Show

Larry Jewett - April 08, 2013 09:10 AM

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Charlotte, North Carolina resident Henry Brock drove home with the prestigious Food Lion AutoFair Best of Show Award for his fusion orange 1967 Chevy Nova SS, concluding the four-day automotive spectacular on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Nova topped cars from 50 clubs that attended this year’s AutoFair and competed for the top prize of Best of Show.
“I don’t have any words,” said Brock in Victory Circle. “It’s great. I’m glad to have done it for the club. It tickles me to death. I’ve won several other awards but this is the one I was shooting for.”
The Carolinas Nova Car Club member was originally helping a friend restore the car in 2005, but he fell in love with the body type and decided to make it his, spending the next five years restoring it.
“I built two other ones for a friend of mine and he happened to pick up another one that he wanted to build,” said the 58-year-old. “He brought it by my house and that’s as far as it got. I made it mine instead of his. So I started it in 2005 and finished it in 2010.”
During restoration, Brock had the Nova painted a shade of gold, but he didn’t like it. Instead, he turned to his wife, Mary, for assistance and she chose the fusion orange.
“We saw the color on a 2007 Hummer and so we looked at it and decided that’s what we were going to go with,” said Brock. “I give her credit for the paint.”
For winning Best in Show, Brock was given a silver cup trophy, and he will be invited to display the car at a future AutoFair in the Showcase Pavilion.
The First Runner-Up Award at the Food Lion AutoFair was a 1955 Buick Century convertible driven by Bob Coker, of Winston Salem, North Carolina, and the Second Runner-Up Award was given to James and Sarah J. Thomas Jr., of Harlem, Georgia, and their 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL.
Specialty award winners included Robert Dever, of Charlotte, North Carolina, who took home the Bob Laidlein Award (Most Original) with his unrestored 1964 Buick Skylark convertible; Jimmy and Liz Hoyle, of Bassett, Virginia, winners of the Cabarrus Cup Award (Most Creative) for their 1948 Chevy Hot Rod School Bus; Concord, North Carolina native, Ronnie Hinson, winner of the Lion Cup Award (Best Paint) for his 1969 Chevy Cheyenne Super; and Tommy Loftin, of Troutman, North Carolina, who captured the Mecklenburg Strelitz Award (Ladies’ Choice) for his 1954 Corvette.
The fall 2013 AutoFair takes place September 19-22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For details, visit