"A GOOD YEAR FOR BUD"
Chevy jargon, it's what they call "Real Cherry". Loosely
translated, that means , "It's a beauty".
Belle", as it is more formally known, is a totally original 1955 model
210 Chevrolet that forms part of the "Bud World" collection.
original, you say? Yes, just that. The entire interior from
upholstery down to the floor mats has been there since day one and is still in
showroom condition. The car was freshly painted in 1980 but Bud searched
until he found the same paint formula used in the 1950's: a classy combination
of "Autumn Bronze" and "Shoreline Beige". Even the tires, which are new,
were made from a 1955 mold.
originally belonged to Anna McLellan who used to work with Bud in
Vancouver. She drove the car daily for 20 years until Bud purchased it from
her in 1975 to use as a second car. But so many people commented excitedly
about the car that he began to realize he had something very special on his
special he found out when he attended his first car show in Mount
Vernon, Washington. Bud and his wife drove "Anna" to the show, intending
to be spectators only. But when the club president saw them parking the car
he invited Bud to enter it in the show. He did and walked away with what
proved to be his first of many first place trophies. That was May, 1977 and
they were hooked.
next three years, they removed the accumulated grease and dust and
topped off their handiwork with the new paint job. Bud also joined the
Classic Chevy Club, an international group comprised of over 30,000
members, all of whom own or have an interest in 1955, 1956 and 1957
Chevys - all considered to be classic cars.
of this year, Bud was ready to enter his car in the Draggins Rod and
Custom Club Car Show in Saskatoon where he was then living. "Anna" took
first prize in two categories: "Antique Special Interest Post '48" and the "Best
Paint ' award.
the car won first prize as "Best Street Driven" (1955-57) at
Winnipeg's Rod-a-rama car show. That's four "Firsts" out of three shows
entered, and naturally, Bud is looking forward to the next car show in
Winnipeg - Auto-Rama, scheduled for Easter of 1982.
lots of offers for "Anna" but he won't sell. "Frankly, I haven't
one other car that can compare with it," he says.
the full extent of "Anna's" charms, Bud has purchased
another totally original Classic Chevy - a remarkably rust-free 1956 Sports
sedan that he found in an orchard in Washington State. He estimates it will
take three years to spruce it up and repaint it to show condition. "My dream,"
he adds, "is to have a 1957 convertible," thus completing the set.
presently resides in a spotlessly clean garage, surrounded by license
plate-covered walls - a collection inspired by "Anna's purchase. But lest you
think the car spends all it's time in the dark between shows, guess again. Bud
takes his family out for Sunday drives in "Anna" and drives his '55 to car
shows as well. "It's so much fun to drive," he says. "All I've done since I
bought it is change the oil and add gas. It drives like a million dollars.
Everything on it is perfect. It sure feels nice to call it mine."
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