Amanda Berry

Amanda Berry’s ’86 Monte Carlo SS

This year, we have the privilege of debuting Amanda Berry’s restored 1986 Monte Carlo SS at this year’s show.  The feature car, restored by the students at Max S. Hayes High School under the direction of Greg Boykin, will proudly be displayed on John Shapiro Cruisin’ Time All-Stars on Thunder Row all weekend for an estimated 55,000 attendees to see.

It may just be an ‘86 Monte Carlo SS to most, but this car is more than that to Berry, kidnapping survivor, activist and best-selling author. Berry’s love for cars started as a young girl through a bond she shared with her grandfather and when she was to turn 16, the car would be hers. Unfortunately, this gift sat idle because Berry was kidnapped on April 21, 2003, one day before her birthday.

Seventeen year’s later, Berry no longer has to wait for her dream car because of the dedication and generosity Boykin and his team at Max S. Hayes High School have shown. From the floorboards to the exterior, the students will have spent more than 500 hours refurbishing the ’86 Monte Carlo SS.

Papaw with Monte Carlo SS
Amanda Berry and Papaw
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Max S. Hayes Students – Restoration 6
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Max S. Hayes Students – Restoration 1

This project goes beyond restoring a classic car. By reviving the life of the Monte Carlo SS, it highlights the goodness of humanity and the memories Berry shared with her late grandfather.

CLICK HERE for the full press release.

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