Classic Bel Air

July 2003

Like so many guys who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, Andy McCloskey dreamed of owning a classic Chevy. More than 30 years after graduating Bellaire High School, Andy is now driving his dream.

Andy still lives in Bellaire, and now owns a ’57 Chevy Bel Air convertible and a ’57 Bel Air Nomad station wagon. Both cars are complete frame-off restorations that took two years to complete. According to Andy, “parts are readily available, all it takes is money.”

An electrical design supervisor with Bechtel for the past 20 years, Andy is also a founding member and six-time president of the Houston Classic Chevy Club.  With approximately 100 families as members, the Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm at Christie’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant, 6029 Westheimer to socialize. “It’s all about the cars and the good times we had,” says McCloskey. “Since we formed the club in 1989, we’ve never had a discussion about politics, religion or race.”

McCloskey is a Vietnam War veteran who served 4 years in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor and was deployed on a nuclear submarine in the Pacific. Andy is a single parent of three children, Allison, 25; Marilyn, 21; and Andy Jr., 16. Both daughters are Bellaire High School graduates and his son will be a junior there this fall.

The colors of the beautiful cars are red and white, more specifically Matador Red and India Ivory.  Interestingly, red and white are the school colors of both Bellaire High School and the University of Houston, which Andy also attended.  Andy will proudly drive his ’57 Bel Air convertible in this year’s 4th of July parade.  Perhaps this will inspire even more Bel Air classic purchases throughout Bellaire and Houston.

Just last month, twenty six classic Chevys from Houston attended the Lone Star Classic Chevy Convention in Waco.  Houston will host the Convention in July, 2004. For information on the Houston Classic Chevy Club, you can visit their website at