1937 Chevrolet

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Vehicle: 1937 Chevrolet

Engine: 350 Chev

Transmission: Four-bolt main block, mild cam

Colour: Primer red; hand pin work by Robbie Millar, of Insignia Signs. Headlight flames, original from when it was bought in Dunedin

Name: Derek and Gail Orr

From: Invercargill

When and why did you buy it? Twenty-one years ago. I was looking for something a bit different, cooler. These were a well-known car in its day

What is the vehicle’s history? Originally in Dunedin

Have you altered it in any way? It’s a work in progress. It was dismantled for 10 years, but I did manage to put it back together in two and a half weeks for my daughter’s wedding. Some of the work so far includes body modified quite a bit, including a 3-inch roof chop, butted windows, one-piece bonnet hood, 2 front guards all lengthen, modified running boards… and why? Just to change the look

Thanks for work done: Doug Arthur, Ophy’s Custom Engineering, Autofab, Auto Body Shop, Jason Clarke

Top speed? 100kmh

Best driving experience? Driving to Cromwell car show

Worst driving experience? Crashing my roadster

What other vehicles of note have you owned? XW Falcon, WR FAlcon, Zephyr V8, ’62 Fairlane, ’39 Ford Deluxe Coup, ’57 Ford Sedan, ’57 Fairlane two-door, ’27 Ford Roadster, ’28 Model A Pick-up, ’61 Tank Fairlane, ’56 Ford Customline, ’65 Chev Sedan, ’59 Galaxie two-door, ’85 Chev Pick-up, ’37 Chev Coup, 2004 Commodore Clubsport

Best music to drive to? Rock ‘n’ roll

Describe your driving style: Cruisy

If you could go for a drive in any vehicle, what would be your dream ride? CadZZilla, a 1948 Cadillac Sedanette, which is owned Billy Gibbons, of ZZ Top

What was the first vehicle you ever bought? 1957 Ford Prefect

Do you belong to any clubs? I have been a member of Street Machines for 35 years

Event: Street Machines Southland holds summer night cruises on the second Friday of each month, meeting at 6.30pm at Choppa’s Tyres, 144 Spey St, cruise leaves at 7.30pm. All drivers of American and Australian muscle cars welcome.

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