• 64°

Hard work pays off at transportation museum’s car show

There’s nothing quite like restoring an old car, says 17-year-old Eric Boucher.

After countless hours of work, there’s one magical moment — turning the key to see if it starts.

For Boucher, that moment came one month ago, when he wrapped up restoration work on his family’s 1968 Chevrolet truck. For decades it had been in the family. On Saturday, Boucher took it to the N.C. Transportation Museum as part of a car show dedicated to General Motors vehicles.

The transportation museum is known for its rich history in train transportation. Several times each year, however, the facility hosts car shows. Saturday’s show included 74 cars, making it the largest one specifically dedicated to General Motors in the museum’s history. A recent show dedicated to Ford cars drew more than 100 vehicles.

During Saturday’s show, proud car owners showed off decades of different makes and models of General Motors cars.

As attendees browsed through the rows of cars, casting a vote for their favorite, car owners frequently stopped and chatted to describe features of the vehicle.

As Boucher chatted with the attendees, he couldn’t help but grin. He’d spent countless hours with his grandfather restoring the vehicle. After work, Boucher said he’d often spend six or seven hours on restoration work.

The Chevrolet truck wasn’t new when it entered Boucher’s family. Boucher estimates that his grandfather purchased the truck in the late 1970s or early ’80s. It soon became the main family vehicle. Boucher’s grandfather and grandmother frequently used it for daily commutes. It was his grandmother’s truck, Boucher said. It was later passed down to other family members for daily use.

But before restoration began, Boucher’s truck looked like “it had seen some stuff,” he said. The truck bore the bruises of a fender bender and a fire. It still ran, though.

On Saturday the vehicle looked as if it was just a few days out of the factory. Since the restoration, the truck has driven just over 110 miles, he said. Boucher, however, listed a few more items he’d like to add or repair before he was satisfied.

Boucher said he couldn’t be more proud of the final result of the hard work needed to restore the truck. With a smile from ear to ear, he described the magical moment when he turned the key in the ignition and it fired up.

“It’s like having a child for the first time,” he joked. “It’s so rewarding to spend all that time and money and know it’s been worth it.”

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246

Comments

Coronavirus

State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan

Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday

News

Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases

Local

‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack

Business

Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store

Local

Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem

Education

West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant

Cleveland

Town of Cleveland plans celebration May 22

High School

High school girls tennis: Busy Hornets win again easily

High School

High school softball: Nixon, Walton top all-county team

Education

All Hood Alumni and Friends Symposium scheduled June 18

Education

Shoutouts: Southern City Church awards educational gifts

Local

City to pave streets surrounding Bell Tower Green after park is constructed

Nation/World

Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack

Nation/World

Ohio’s million-dollar idea: Lottery prizes for vaccinations

Nation/World

GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post

Nation/World

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures

Coronavirus

Fluctuating COVID-19 death number back to 302 in Rowan County

Crime

Habitual felon sentenced to at least 8 years in prison

Kannapolis

City of Kannapolis to have bike rodeo Saturday

Crime

Two more charged for operating illegal gambling businesses

Education

A.L. Brown celebrates seniors with signing day