Road Trippin’ for a Reason – The Sweet Patina Road Trip Challenge
Road trips give us the chance to break from our normal routine of life and see the great USA and the beautiful sights and sounds that make up this stunning, breathtaking country. Road trips are even better if you’re with family and/or friends during the epic adventure. What we absolutely know is that cars bring people together.
For one young man and his family, the term road trip has taken on a new meaning – a meaning to help raise funds and build awareness in the fight against ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Blake Evans, a licensed physical therapist from McKinney, Texas, along with his wife and young family are on a mission. Their goal is to take their 1957 Chevy Wagon, named Sweet Patina, to all 48 lower states with the mission of raising over $100,000 for ALS.
Blake founded the Sweet Patina Road Trip Challenge in August of 2018, and with the help of some of some amazing companies in the automotive industry this road trip challenge is on!
Blake and his dad found the well-worn 210 wagon on a Facebook page three years ago. They purchased the car and the patina project began. Many of the parts on Sweet Patina have been replaced such as the dated suspension, EFI replacing the carb on the small-block engine, a new larger fuel cell was added, and a redone interior that Blake and his wife updated together – the new interior offers a great contrast to the weathered exterior of the car.
Blake and his Sweet Patina ’57 Chevy have already been to 13 states and have raised over $8,000 for the Texas ALS Chapter alone. We caught up with Blake at the Goodguys 9th Spring Lone Star Nationals event last weekend and talked shop, checked out Sweet Patina, discussed his route and wished him safe travels on his journey across America.
To follow Blake and his family on the journey search for Sweet Patina on all popular social media platforms. You can also find information on how to donate, buy a cool Sweet Patina t-shirt or hat (proceeds go to the cause), or learn more about ALS as well as the Sweet Patina Road Trip Challenge by visiting www.sweetpatina.com.