The greatest rewards in hot rodding are driving across America, spending time with friends and helping others. Horsepower, lap times and trophies are nice, but at the end of the day, cars bring people together. This 1957 Chevy 210 wagon does just that. Blake Evans, who owns Rehab Works, LLC, a physical therapy firm in Texas, has a plan to drive across America in an effort to raise awareness for ALS and raise money for the ALS Association. Blake and his family will attend car shows along the way and speak with fellow enthusiasts about ALS and his fundraising project.
Blake recently founded the Sweet Patina ALS Road Trip Challenge with the goal of touring all 48 contiguous states in an effort to raise money and raise awareness for ALS — a degenerative nerve disease that affect nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. People with ALS may lose the ability to speak, eat, move or breathe. The ALS Association has done an amazing job of fundraising in the name of treatment and hope for a cure. As part of that effort, the ALS Association helps individuals to set up fundraising pages on the ALSA.org page so that donors know they are contributing to a legitimate cause.
To help the Sweet Patina ALS Road Trip Challenge, you can visit the SweetPatina.com website and either donate directly to ALS or buy a T-Shirt or sticker. All proceeds go directly the ALS Association. The effort has raised more than $5000 since its launch 7 weeks ago.
From there, you can help spread the word, by posting a car show or road trip picture of your car on Facebook and/or Instagram and include the following three lines of text:
I accept the Sweet Patina ALS Road Trip Challenge. Click to donate and help raise awareness for ALS: https://sweetpatina.com/ #sweetpatinachallenge and #donate.
RideTech and a bunch of other companies have contributed parts to help the 1957 Chevy 210 wagon complete its 48 state goal. The list of sponsors include Holley, Vintage Flatz, VP Racing Fuels, Betts Performance and Hotrods, Vintage Air, Painless Performance, Digi- Tails, Ciadella Interiors, Micah Doodles and others. So far, Blake and his wagon have covered 13 states from Florida to Texas.
The Cross-Country Cruiser
Blake and his dad found the well-worn 210 wagon 3 years ago on an amazing Facebook Group page called the “Street Machinery Sales and Service Sunday Swap-A-Rama“. Yes, this is the full name for the page. That’s our friend Boris Maryanovsky’s big idea. It always has interesting cars and trucks for sale. They bought the 210 wagon and immediately took off on the the 2016 Hot Rod Power Tour where they broke down six times. an iconic event, Power Tour can be a great way to sort out your car. The original 283 has since been replaced with a crate 350, a Holley carburetor, Champion aluminum radiator, a C5 brake kit from Street Machinery, Auto Meter gauges and Vintage Air AC. You may be able to spot a trend. Blake has replaced every part that has failed him on the road and is about to update the suspension with one of our performance-tuned StreetGRIP systems. The car still has its original wiper motor, original rear axle and original paint — what’s left of it.
Blake’s three-year-old named the car Sweet Patina. With three young children, Blake and his wife updated the car with upholstery from Ciadella Interiors and red carpeting. The fresh interior contrasts the weathered exterior nicely.
Blake will continue to post pictures from the road as he and his family visit more states and car shows. We’re also looking forward to seeing pictures of product installations and upgrades. If you see the Sweet Patina 57 at an event, be sure to say hi, buy a T-Shirt, donate and help raise awareness for ALS.
Facebook Page: Sweet Patina Road Trip
Learn More about ALS: ALS.org
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