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'Classics' in bloom

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, February 14, 2014    

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THE Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) was out in full bloom with the Ocho Rios Orchid Society at Sans Souci Hotel, White River, St Ann, last Sunday, for a day of visual entertainment.

Patrons were not only able to fill their eyes with some of the most beautiful plants, but check out classic machines on display.

"We had 25 cars," Shane Angus, JCCC president, told Auto.

As this was the first time the club had officially participated, Angus said the response from everyone was positive.

"The members enjoyed the drive and the event. The people loved seeing the cars," explained Angus.

And what a picture-perfect scene it was with the cars arranged in front of the spectacular lake on the property. Young and old wandered back and forth from the flower tents to the

line-up of cars in the bright north coast sunshine.

The vehicles were skewed towards the older machines, with just a few modern cars on their way to becoming classics themselves, but there were a couple of standouts starting with Paul Chung's 1931 Model A Ford. The near-pristine machine seemed to blend in with the overall style of the flower show.

"I picked it up around 22 years ago," said Chung, recounting the story of its ownership.

According to him, he had gone to purchase another vehicle, but the owner changed their mind when he noticed it sitting in the bushes riddled with rust. Its restoration took a while as he pulled it down to nothing.

"I went through it from head to toe," he said.

Thankfully, the Model A is a mechanically simple vehicle and had lots of parts support from its country of origin, the United States.

Chung is proud of the fact that the car is fully functional, licensed and drivable. His impressive restoration work has made the Ford very desirable.

"A lot of people have made offers for it, but a car like this needs a certain type of owner. There are those that have the money, but not the expertise to maintain a classic at this level," he added.

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