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57 ’57 Chevys for 57th Birthdays

LAPORTE TOWNSHIP -- The 1957 Chevrolet is a well-known car, to say the least. They came in everything from sedans to coupes, station wagons to convertibles.

"The '57 Chevy is an icon in American muscle cars. It's been in a lot of movies. It's just the epitome of the 50s car," Dave Bower said.

Seeing just one of these cars might make you stop and stare. But what if you saw 57 of them all in one place?

"They have 57 '57 Chevys and it can't be. It's just hard to imagine," Frank Arone said.

Yes, there are 57 '57 Chevys at Merritt Field, a private airport next to the Eagles Mere Auto Museum. They are here for a reason. The couple who owns these carsĀ and the museum both turned 57 this year.

Skycam 16 video shows how volunteers lined up the cars in the shape of the number 57. That's right. 57, '57 Chevys, lined up to form the number 57, for the owners' 57th birthdays.

57 '57 Chevys making 57

The owner of these cars is a longtime collector of 1957 Chevys. He got his first one in 1984 and hasn't stopped since.

Each car is arranged in a specific spot by color, and highlighting the owner's favorite cars. It took about ten hours, two days and 30 drivers.

Nick Diehl of Muncy got to drive a 57 Chevy for the first time.

"It was just neat turning on that engine and just hearing that thing roar underneath us," Diehl said.

Skycam 16 captured the group's hard work. There's not one car out of place.

"I know what they like. I know what fits the bill for them, per say," Kenny Pascoe said.

Kenny Pascoe of Poughkeepsie, New York buys and sells classic cars.

"I was told I'm going to be here because I am a big part of it, which I really appreciate. But I would have come anyway," Pascoe said.

The owners of all the 57 Chevys did not want to go on camera, and did not want Newswatch 16 to use their names, but did tell us they were overwhelmed by this unique celebration for their 57th birthdays.

9 comments

  • ANYONE WANT TO RACE MY 4 CYL RICE GRINDER

    WOW,,, thats a lot of cancer causing rust buckets! CAN YOU SAY BONDO BUGGIES?

  • Joseph

    The auto museum at Merritt Field near Laporte / Eagles Mere is a sight to see if you’re a fan of older cars. You just would not believe all there is to see at this museum deep in beautiful Sullivan County. Its a “must see” for any car buff…

  • Sam I Am Green Eggs And Ham

    Guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I don’t see anything special about a 57 Chevy….Now a 69 Mustang mach 1 or Boss 302 yes…

    • Chris Wagner

      oh yeah man….I really love the Mach 1 and the Boss 302…..But there is something about an original The 1966 Shelby GT350H everybody I know says oh the 67 Shelby Gt 500…but I think that car was oversold in movies and reproductions, but the Hertz “rent a racer” is by far one of the coolest cars…

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