Schomberg resident Al Mason’s love for cars goes back to the days when he would ride in his father’s delivery truck as a child. The gears and noise started early for Al and still does to this day, years later. He worked at a few small auto repair shops and a Chevrolet dealer in his early career as an automotive technician. During his apprenticeship in those glorious days of the ’50s, Chevrolet was making a big impact in the world of NASCAR and Al loved those race prepared NASCAR Chevys. After a long career of owning successful service stations, and an automotive recycling business, Al has not retired, but is spending his time with classic cars and the 1957 Chevrolet being his main focus. He owns a nice collection of these desirable American-built classics, but one stands
out a bit more for him than the rest, a 1957 NASCAR replica know as the “Black Widow”.
This car, a ‘57 Chevrolet 150 was purchased from a gentleman in western Ontario and Al could see the potential in it’s condition. He knew this was the one for his project. He wanted to capture the “essence” and “feel” of the original race car, but wanted to add a bit of modern technology and a touch of his styling to it. The car was stripped bare and the body sent to PFAFF Autoworks in Newmarket where manager Jeff Pabst and his crew gave the car a second to none massaging and the classic “Black Widow” black and white finish.
Al restored the chassis of this car with modern front disc brakes, special rate springs and shock absorbers to handle the 400 horsepower small block V8 and 4-speed manual transmission which he built. The wheels consist of modern radial tires to replace the original bias ply and are mounted on a set of Halibrand rims with knock off spinners, one of Al’s favorite wheel designs. The interior of this beauty was completely restored with old stock and new aftermarket components. The silver and black trim is a very standard interior finish but complements the car very well.
To no one’s surprise, Al brought home a trophy at the first car meet he attended with it and added it to his collection. If you’re ever traveling the rural routes around Schomberg and see Al, ask him about his Chevys, he’s got some great stories!
Written by Perry M. Mason