Spotlight: 2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show
2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show at Lake Wheeler Park.

As an automotive writer, most of my focus is on what’s new and upcoming, thus the “auto trends” moniker. But I also know that the industry has a rich history spanning nearly 150 years. Keeping an eye on the past while looking toward the future supplies the right perspective about the motorized conveyances we love.

When an opportunity to take in a local show comes up, I like to seize it. And not just any show, but one featuring the classic cars that define America. The 2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show is one such event, held on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day.

This year’s event was the 29th running of the show and it was a good one. Indeed, Hemmings listed it amongst its featured shows for the weekend. With Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh, NC, serving as the venue, I knew it was one event I had to attend.

I’m glad that I did, because this car show was better than I had expected. One special note: our war dead were remembered — Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). What a pleasant surprise to hear a young lady sing the Star-Spangled Banner.

1955 Chevrolet Handyman.
1955 Chevrolet Handyman.

1968 Chevrolet: 50 Years Later

This year’s show celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Chevy. That year featured such model names as Bel Air and Biscayne; Camaro and Corvette; Corvair Chevelle, and Caprice; Impala and Nova. Not to mention various “C” and “K” trucks and the Suburban.

Most of those models were present and the ones on display were entered for judging. The club welcomed owners of other US brands, including AMC, Buick, Cadillac, Dodge, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac and Studebaker. As long as the vehicle was made in the US and was from 1992 or earlier, they qualified.

I did not stay around long enough to learn who won an award. Contestants plunked down $20 to enter, otherwise, admission to the general public was free. Proceeds from the show benefited the private, nonprofit Raleigh’s Hilltop Home. The home serves children with severe developmental and medical disabilities.

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

As for the models on hand, the following represent the photos taken. The first group includes stories gleaned first hand from the respective owner.

If I got something wrong, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll make the necessary correction.


1967 Cadillac de Ville Convertible

Several vehicles on hand also prominently displayed “for sale” signs, including a 1967 Cadillac de Ville Convertible. This beautiful specimen of Cadillac hugeness looks factory new with its white body, white sidewall tires and a red interior.

This model is powered by a 429 cubic inch (7.0 liters) V8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor and has a three-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes 340 horsepower.

The owner was present and said he was asking $38,500 for it.

1967 Cadillac d'Ville Convertible

1967 Cadillac d'Ville Convertible

1967 Cadillac d'Ville Convertible

1967 Cadillac d'Ville Convertible


1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

Not displayed on the green, but sitting in the lot directly across from the field was a 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline. This model was also for sale, with a listed price of $8,500. Some wheel well rust was evident and the interior has seated many passengers for nearly seven decades.

The Fleetline was a subset of the Fleetmaster. All models have a 215 cubic inch (3.5-liter) inline six-cylinder engine making 90 horsepower.

1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

1950 Chevrolet Fleetline


Chevrolet Pickup Truck
A lowrider Chevrolet pickup truck with an “aftermarket” umbrella.

1968 Plymouth GTX

The owner of this 1968 Plymouth GTX told me he purchased this model from the previous owner for just $5,000. He replaced the original engine ($7,000) with one displacing 480 cubic inches, otherwise it is true to the original and showroom clean.

With an estimated value of approximately $21,000, the owner stands to enjoy a handsome profit should he decide to sell it. He plans to keep it and keep driving it about three days per week.

1968 Plymouth GTX

1968 Plymouth GTX

1968 Plymouth GTX

1968 Plymouth GTX


1932 Ford coupe. 1931 Chevrolet coupe.
1932 Ford coupe. Followed by a 1931 Chevrolet coupe.
Plymouth Valiant Scamp
The “Scamp” name has been used twice by Plymouth. The first was from 1971-1976 as a special trim level on the this Valiant. The name was resurrected in the early 1980s
for a pickup truck based on the Plymouth Horizon compact car.
Mercury Comet
The Mercury Comet was a twin to the Ford Maverick.
The model pictured here is from the fifth and final generaation, built from 1971 to 1977.
1949 Kurtis
If there was a rare car at the show, it was this 1949 Kurtis, one of only 17 built. The vehicle is named for American racing car designer Frank Kurtis.

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

Chevrolet Camaro

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show

1955 Chevrolet

2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show


1946 GMC (General Motors Truck)

1946 GMC Truck

1946 GMC Truck

1946 GMC Truck

1946 GMC Truck


1956 Ford F100

1956 Ford F100

1956 Ford F100

1956 Ford F100


1992 Ford Mustang 5.0

1992 Ford Mustang 5.0

1992 Ford Mustang 5.0

1992 Ford Mustang 5.0


Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala


And the best of the rest. Simply click on any photo and it will enlarge.

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Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.