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48th annual car show in Huntington set for August

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS sport coupe owned by Steve Hladki
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
The Chevelle SS ("Super Sport") 396 was - and still is - one of America's most popular muscle cars. Hladki says that it's very unusual to find a '67 coupe like his, with its metallic turquoise color and no vinyl top. "Most," he says, "were black, blue or red when ordered with the SS package."

HOW LONG HE'S OWNED IT
Hladki has owned the coupe since 1972, a year after he graduated from high school.

WHERE HE FOUND IT
He bought it from a friend who lived around the corner from his house.

CONDITION
"This car was an all-stock, original SS 396 325-horsepower model with whitewalls and wheel covers," Hladki says. "Like most kids in the '70s, I promptly changed the wheels to Cragar SS rims with redwall tires. Originality was unimportant back then. Over the years, it has had numerous engine upgrades, but still has its original interior, which is in great shape. It has many options that are unusual for the '60s, including power windows, tilt steering, AM/FM/8-track (radio) in the dash, power disc brakes and 'speed-minder' speedometer. The current engine is about 462 cubic inches and has over 500 horsepower."

VALUE
Hladki has insured his Chevelle for $35,000.

PERSONAL COMMENTS
"I saw a lot of my friends selling their hot rods when they had kids or wanted to buy a house and, for some reason, I said I can't let that happen to me," Hladki says. "So here we are, 40 years later, and I still have it. This car has been with me through many life events. I drove this car to my senior prom and have way too many memories in it -- and with it -- to ever sell it."

The nonprofit Northport Centerport Lions Club will host its 48th annual Robert J. Bohaty Classic Car Show on Aug. 28 at Heckscher Ball Field in Huntington.

The show, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will showcase over 100 cars dating from the 1930s to several modern vehicles, said Clinton Strait, president of the Lions Club.

The Northport Centerport Lions Club sponsors several community events each year to donate to Long Island charities and global relief efforts.

“Everyone in the club is a volunteer, so people are doing this for all the right reasons,” Strait said.

Trophies will be given to car owners based on the originality, cleanliness and overall appearance of their vehicles. The award ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will be judged by the Fabulous 50's & 60's Nostalgia Car Club.

The car show will also feature vendors who will be selling classic car paraphernalia. Each vendor must pay a fee to get a spot at the event; that money will be donated.

All the money raised during the car show will be donated to groups like Meals on Wheels, the Guide Dog Foundation and local food banks, said Bill Turley, vice president of the Lions Club.

“The Lions Club is managed by the people who live in the area, so we know where the needs are,” Strait said.

For information about the event, visit the Northport Centerport Lions Club website.

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