One look at this 1995 Chevrolet Silverado half-ton pickup truck that was tastefully modified by the original selling dealer and you’ll agree it is unique. Matter of fact, in all my writing about light-duty trucks, I’ve never seen one that was as attractive. Starting with the spoiler under the regular front bumper, the metal sun shield over the tinted glass windshield, elaborate running board that becomes part of the neatly flared rear fenders all add up to contributing to a classy machine. Its large, 17-inch, five-spoke American racing wheels using oversize wide tires also silently say “look at me.” The bed is covered with a heavy-duty fiberglass lift-up cover, a fully carpeted floor, side panels and pull-down deck door. The whole truck is painted Penn State blue and silver.

The interior door panels, dash and front seat are original, showing very little wear despite the odometer registering 176,000 miles. Plus, the radio and sound system come through like new.

The 5 liter V-8 GM engine has never been rebuilt and runs smooth and powerful, probably by having the oil changed often along with other maintenance. The same with the automatic transmission and GM heavy-duty rear plus suspension parts. Of course, being garaged I’m sure added to its longevity prior to the Silverado being owned by Englewood residents Robert and Nancy Welshans during 2006.

Seems Bob had watched a friend (the original owner) driving it for a long time, always telling him if it were for sale he wanted the opportunity to buy it. Finally the man called and announced he was ready to sell and they made a quick deal. After bringing it home, the Welshans created the nickname “Penn State Chariot” and began a thorough clean-up inside and out, plus added the fancy wheels along with new tires.

Personally, this couple were high-school sweethearts and went on to be married, now 57 years. They have four children, five grandchildren plus four great-grandchildren. Bob’s former occupation for 42 years was in sales and service of industrial tools until retiring. He also was co-owner with Nancy of a 100-acre farm growing field crops, mainly potatoes and Christmas trees, which she managed until retiring also. They owned a “getaway” house here since 2010 and finally moved to Florida full time July 2017. Look for them out and about at auto-related events.

Winning Vettes

The following Vettes were winners at the Englewood Pioneer Days Annual All Corvette Show held Sept. 3. Information is reported by Diana Woodruff, coordinator of the car shows for Sunday and Monday.

A total of 37 Corvettes were there. The oldest was a 1956 owned by Eric DeVaughn. The newest was a 2018.

The winners: C-1 1961 Red and White owned by Cade Gervais of the Harbor Corvette Club; C-2 1963 Gold owned by Bruce Seeley of the Venice Corvette Club; C-3 1969 Red Stingray owned by John Wyville with no club affiliation; C-4 1990 Red and White owned by Alan Bohling of the Peace River Corvette Club; C-5 1998 Indy Pace Car owned by Peter Gollmer of the Venice Corvette Club; C-6 2010 Blue owned by Joe Hayden with no club affiliation; C-6 2010 Red owned by Jim Hines of the Venice Corvette Club; C-7 2016 White owned by William Wannall of the Peace River Corvette Club; C-7 2018 owned by Ben DuBois of the Venice Corvette Club and Best Convertible 2017 Black and Blue owned by Robert Holzbeierlein of the Venice Corvette Club. Note the low registration was due to the threat of inclement weather.

Should a bad storm or hurricane come here, wrap up your dream car(s) in old comforters available at the Punta Gorda Salvation Army Thrift Store or other places that have similar products at low prices. I did this plus three baby crib mattresses resulting in only some damage from drywall falling on one of my convertibles stored in the home garage. There was damage but compared to other friends who took no action mine were much less. Remember the old adage “better safe than sorry” or “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Have any unwanted trophies?

Please call 941-626-4452 to arrange for pick up or delivery. They will be rebuilt and used in the future.

Don Royston is president of the Vintage (formerly Veteran) Motor Car Club of America, SW Florida Region and may be reached at 941-626-4452 or


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