2012 GIVEAWAY VEHICLE
The winner of the give-away car at the 2012 Syracuse Nationals is David Archambault, of Menands, N.Y.
Archambault, a member of the Right Coast Association for many years, won a custom built 1957 Chevrolet Nomad.
The Nomad, a classic among hot rods and cruisers in the United States, will be finished in a shade of Chevrolet’s Sierra Gold.
For Archambault there is an ironic twist; he is building a 1951 Plymouth two-door station wagon and to give the car a singular look he has chopped the top and tipped the side posts and lift gate forward to mimic the look of the Nomad for 1955, 1956 and 1957.
Archambault is no stranger to customized cars. He has built 42 hot rods of one type or another over the years, many for himself and some for friends.
“I started building cars when I graduated from high school in 1954, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” he said.
In addition to the Plymouth, another project he’s working on is a 1933 Hudson Terraplane, a car he’s owned since 1970 and has been working on for years. He also owns a 1975 Chevrolet Caprice convertible with 20,000 original miles.
He also operates a small business called Dave’s Body Shop and as you might guess he builds hot rods for customers.
Archambault, and his wife, Pattie, are the 11th winners of a hot rod given away by the Right Coast Association over the years at the Syracuse Nationals. One year a car trailer was given away and another year the top prize was a new Chevrolet S-10 pickup.
The Nomad is a collaboration between Dave Tucci, of Tucci’s Hot Rods, in Marcy, N.Y., and Lenny Schaeffer, owner of Chop Shop Customs, in Woburn, Mass. Schaeffer did the body work and Tucci built the platform. The Nomad has a V-8 engine and an automatic transmission.