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Eye Candy: 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air

Published August 31, 2013

The car: 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air

The owners: John and Betty-Jean Lawrence of Toronto

The story: You could forgive the Lawrences if they almost never took their baby out of the garage. It’s a mint-condition beauty that took John and his sons years to restore.

But this vintage Chevy logs more clicks than some “everyday” cars.

The fun, and the road trips, started when the Lawrences entered it in the Performanceworld car show in 2009 and won Best in Class.

Exhilarated, they immediately took off for Route 66 — and haven’t looked back since.

“We drove to Chicago, taking Route 66 all the way to Santa Monica, Calif., and up the coast through the Big Sur,” Betty-Jean says. “Our route home took us though Lake Tahoe, Reno, Cheyene and Madison County. We also went on a few smaller trips to Vermont, Tobermorey, Old Quebec City and Kamouraska.”

Whew. Their next big road trip was through the Maritime provinces, and this month the Lawrences are taking a six-week trip across Canada to Vancouver, down the coast to Santa Monica, back across Route 66 to Graceland and  then up to Cleveland to visit the “Christmas Story” house.

“Cars are meant to be driven!” the Lawrences say.

Show us your candy: Do you have a beautifully restored or modified car? Send us your good-quality pics along with a few sentences about why it’s special to you. Please include your name, city of residence, make and year of the car, how long you’ve had it and if we choose it, we’ll run it in Toronto Star Wheels and online at Wheels.ca. Send your email to wheels@thestar.ca and be sure to use “Eye Candy” in the subject line.

Enjoy more candy: Click the links below to sample the full collection of past Eye Candy cars sent in by readers.

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