- Published on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 21:08
More kudos on Championship Sunday!
NORWALK, Ohio – Matt Buehrle found a groove at the J.E. Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals August 23-25, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
On Saturday Matt Buehrle received a Young Star award with his 2005 Chrysler 300 C during the car show at the Muscle Car Nationals.
The National Muscle Car Association created the Young Star award to encourage youth age 25 and younger to pop the hood and shine!
“Everything you see on the car, except for the custom paint job, he did himself,” said Matt's father, Jeff Buehrle, North Kingsville, Ohio.
On a Saturday scheduled for dorm room move-ins at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., the business of Buehrle men topped the agenda: Matt's 2005 Chrysler 300 C.
The start of Matt Buehrle's junior year – on the way to a Registered Nursing degree and career goal of suiting up as a hospital room nurse anesthetist – could wait.
After reaping the Young Star award, Championship Sunday rolled up to the show car field with penciled possibilities.
Before he could drive, family laid pavement on Matt's route to showing cars.
A regional chemical manufacturer responsible for 12 companies and 50 plants making chemicals for water treatment and purification, Jeff Buehrle looked for a way to connect with his son.
“Matt has a sister, Jennifer, who is older than him. She was into showing horses. My wife, Christina, came up with the idea: We spent a lot of money on showing horses.
“With Matt, I was on the road a lot. We did Boy Scouts and high school sports,” Jeff Buehrle said. “I was there as much as I could be. We decided to show cars as something for us to do together.
“Matt developed an action plan based on what we were able to do,” Jeff Buehrle said. “He would buy the parts and install them himself, like the dual exhaust, fancy stereo system, the brake rotors. The only thing I wouldn't let him do was the customized paint. We gave him that for a birthday present.”
Leaving the top of the Chrysler 300 the original midnight blue, Matt Buehrle chose Viper graphite metallic for the lower part of the car, with a contrasting pin strip between the two.
“His uncle was into the car showing,” Jeff Buehrle said. “He owned three Vipers at various times. As a high school graduation present, his uncle gave him that car.”
Along with the gift arrived opportunities for Matt and Jeff to get picky together.
“Matt was invited to go to the Central Ohio LX Club show at the Chrysler Headquarters and Museum in Detroit,” Jeff Buehrle said. “I went with him, because I wasn't about to let him go to Detroit by himself with people he didn't know. We had a really good time.
“We didn't win, but we decided to join the club,” Jeff Buehrle said, showing the club T-shirt.
“It's something he enjoys,” Jeff Buehrle said. “He gets encouragement from his uncle Herman, who worked for Inland Steel for 40 years.”
While honoring Herman's Vipers in the color choice, the younger Buehrle influenced his uncle, too.
“(Herman) bought a Chrysler 300 himself and joined the LX Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” said Jeff Buerhle.
Matt's Young Star award jump started the action. On Sunday of the J.E. Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, Matt Buehrle carted home more accolades.
In the Late-Model Hemi Shootout Awards, Matt Buehrle's Chrysler 300 C won Best Paint and Best Detail, then topped off the trip with Best of Show for Late-Model Hemis.