When you drive past Louisa resident K Beverly’s house, a quick glance at her simplistic white garage across the road gives you no clues as to reveal the stunning piece of machinery that sits within.
Inside rests a classic that would make car enthusiasts everywhere swoon: a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale convertible, complete with a jet-black paint job and polished chrome.
Recently, the labor of love has brought more than just great joy to Beverly. Her car was the highest rated vehicle in the original class division of the annual Oldsmobile Nationals competition, which was held in Springfield, Ill., from July 23-27. Out of a possible score of 1,000, Beverly’s car was given a total of 942 points by the judges.
“I expected to be in first place,” Beverly said confidently.
Cars are judged in multiple facets of quality, such as the condition of the body and engine compartments, exterior bright-work and interior class. Authenticity is stressed, not encouraged.
“Through trial and error I fixed things, but it would be the wrong part,” Beverly said. “The national Oldsmobile judges, they don’t play that! The better your car is, the harder they judge you. They’re not trying to hurt you. They want you to get your car prepared as best as you possibly can.”
Originally from Washington D.C., Beverly developed an interest in cars from her father, who tried to buy a new car whenever he could afford one. Though she never desired to learn the specifics of building automobiles, she loved the intrinsic value that classic cars had to offer.
“I just like driving the cars and looking at them,” Beverly said. I never really got into fixing them. Maybe I would have if I had started earlier.”
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 15 edition of The Central Virginian.