Can’t Beat a Buick: 1968 Buick Rivera wins Best in Show in First Annual LBCC Industrial Technical Car Show
On Saturday, May 20, the LBCC Industrial Technical Society hosted a car show in the Industrial Building courtyard. The show lasted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and drew 65 entries. Admission was free but the cars payed a small entrance fee.
The proceeds raised from the entrance fees and concessions all went to the LBCC welding department.
Hand-made awards were handed out for various categories including classics, moderns, rat rods, and motorcycles. LBCC welders were tasked with building the trophies out of engine pistons. A best in show was also awarded to Richard Treewin and his 1968 Buick Riviera.
Treewin’s Riviera had a 430 cubic inch motor and a four-speed transmission built and painted by a local custom shop. Treewin has owned the car for over two years.
“I feel good, I can’t even believe it,” said Treewin.
Terry Thompson’s 1951 Chevrolet pick-up, a conversation piece covered in licence plates, won the rat rod class. The body of the 1951 pickup was placed on the chassis of a Chevrolet van.
“The real story is that I collect license plates, my wife saw it on ebay and said ‘I think it’s calling your name.’ She went to DC for a conference and I bought it.”
When asked how he felt about winning the rat rod division Thompson was overjoyed.
“It’s a kick in the pants,” said Thompson.
Story by K. Rambo
Photos by Elliot Pond