The Largest West Coast Gathering of Novas!
Like two times before, the unique rumble of 110 Chevy Novas pierced the air in early March of this year, double the number of the past year’s Nova CPP Cruise. The Cruise is the brainchild of Robert K. Smith who earns his living as a scribe for the major VW magazine, but admits, “My true automotive love in life is the Chevy Nova. I got my first one back in 1989 and have been hooked on the Chevy II ever since.” Since Robert personally contributed to the popularity of the VW notchback, it is no big surprise that his vehicle of choice in the Nova lineup is the wagon fit with an original set of five-spoke Americans.
Robert grew up in the Fullerton area and quickly gained an appreciation for hot rods and Nova gasser owners who hung out at cruise nights at a parking lot located at Brookhurst and Orangethorpe. This same parking lot was used to host the first two launches of this Nova Cruise, however, Robert K. knows well that magazine coverage featuring unique images promotes the growth of an event. So, this year, the master plan included having images taken of a tight pack of Novas–driving down the freeway!
Searching endlessly for the right parking lot, he decided to use the huge Claim Jumper’s restaurant parking lot at St. College and Birch in Brea, California. The cruise would be an uninterrupted drive from Brea to Anaheim, beginning on the 57 freeway, transferring to the 91 freeway west, exit at Lemon for a short surface drive to CPP. Using word of mouth, Steve’s Nova site and CPP’s mailing list, literally thousands of potential Nova cruisers were alerted to the March date and the events of the day, including the cruise, shop tours of CPP, thousands of dollars in door prizes and a free In-N-Out burger lunch.
By the 8:30 a.m. cruise launch, Smith had counted 110 Chevy lls lined up four abreast for the freeway drive. Robert K. added, “I knew it would be bigger this year, but I didn’t expect to see over 100 cars in line for the cruise. Man, did you see all the Novas? We’ve got gassers, big-blocks, convertibles, wagons–all Novas are represented here today.”
Right on time, the Nova drivers lined up, meeting up with a CHP officer who directed them onto the 57 freeway and ran interference, allowing the cruise to go four lanes wide for a once-in-a-lifetime shot! Once the Novas arrived at CPP, the parking crew performed flawlessly by directing the first members to loop around the backside of the buildings, allowing them to park without having to back in. By 9:00 a.m., all Novas were parked and the camaraderie between these Chevy II owners became evident. After all, while most attendees were locals, some came from as far away as Northern California and San Diego. CPP owner Jim Ries personally emceed the first of many shop tours, with Nova lovers getting a first-hand look at the manufacturing process, including design, test fit and manufacture of the ever-expanding catalog of products now available to Chevy II owners, with a heavy emphasis on brakes, chassis and suspension replacement products. Many got their first look at big brakes and rack-and-pinion products in the development stages. Hungry show attendees flocked to the In-N-Out Burger truck for a delicious lunch provided by Classic Performance Products and then the long awaited door prize drawing began. Again, each registered guest received one ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by the heavy hitters in the aftermarket Nova product world, totaling some $11,000 in value! Big winner of the day was Larry Chamberlain, who took home Total Cost Involved’s new 1962-67 Chevy Nova rear torque arm, suspension assembly specifically engineered for pro-touring, autocross and road course applications. Besides a bucket of goodies just for registering, practically everyone left with a valuable prize and definitely a lifted spirit after a fun-filled day hanging with fellow Nova enthusiasts.
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TOTAL COST INVOLVED
CHEVY 2 ONLY
SNOKE’S METAL SHED
JOHN FORCE RACE STATION
HYDRATECH BRAKING SYSTEMS
NNN – NOSTALGIC NOVAS
CLASSIC PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
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