Bruce Silence had a Chevrolet Nova when he was in high school, and his next car of choice was a Chevrolet Chevelle.
Seventeen years ago, he found one, a 1970 SS model, and bought it.
Later, the previous owner died, and any time he entered the car show after that, he made it in his memory.
On December 14, 2021, Maun died of cancer. He was 58.
Since then, the sunburst orange Chevelle with black stripes painted on the hood and trunk has been owned by his wife, Michelle Silence.
Bruce Seymour was a long-time active member of the Area Cruisers Car Club, serving as a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Donald M. for the past six years. Helped with Win Lodge 108’s annual Pre-Scoop Cruise-In and Car Show. That popular Seymour tradition is held the night before Scoop the Loop.
Michelle was recently asked if she was okay with Bruce’s Chevelle as the featured vehicle in this year’s Scoop the Loop shorts. Of course, she said yes.
“I screamed,” she said. “I cried like a baby and called all these boys (family members). It meant a lot to us. still does.”
The Chevelle was on display at Friday’s car show, and Michelle and one of her daughters and three grandchildren all wore Scoop the Loop shirts featuring the car.
“We’re very, very, very proud,” Michelle said with a smile.
The car was among more than 250 on display at this year’s show, which was the seventh annual. It was hard for Michelle to learn that Bruce was no longer part of the show.
“He helped with it and loved this car show, loved being a part of it, definitely a car guy,” she said.
For years, Bruce was the sole driver of the car because he was trying to find a specific type of tire, Michel said.
“For years and years and years, he wanted to put new tires on it. I bet we looked at a million tires, and he never found the one he wanted,” she said. “He was sick for about a year and a half to two years, and finally he chose a set. I don’t know if that set was what he wanted, but I think he was preparing that car for me.
Bruce had done a lot of work on the car over the years. Michel said that when Bruce got the car it was a “funny blue” color because it was used for racing, so it wasn’t in shape as a show car.
“He and my uncle did everything for it,” she said. “They painted it, and then here she is today.”
Since Bruce also loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles, he chose their signature colors, orange and black, for the Chevelle.
“He did everything on it, just everything,” Michel said. “He put a new engine in it, a 454, because he didn’t have a 454 when he got it.”
Bruce had driven the car regularly, but now for Michelle, she said it was a show car.
“I got to work on it a little bit after he put the big motor in,” she said. “There are some things we need to do.”
Bruce earned many trophies showing cars and was proud to include his children and grandchildren in shows and parades.
He once said he wanted to stay in the Carr family, and Michelle is making her wish.
“It’s meant to stay in the family because he’s always talked about having grandchildren after him, so he didn’t want it to go anywhere, that’s for sure,” she said. “It was staying with us.”
Across from Chevelle in the Robertson Feed Mill parking lot Friday night, Mark and Diana King Seymour and their son, Mike King, were with three vehicles.
Mark and Diana brought a red 1955 Chevrolet car and a black 1932 Ford, while Mike brought his father-in-law’s white 1991 Avanti convertible.
Mark and Mike formed a father-son project after purchasing Chevrolet in 2003. They worked on it for about a year.
“My first car when I was 16, we started when I was 14, we built my first car together. That’s what got me into cars, so we’ve been working on cars together ever since,” Mike said. “My high school car, we built it together. Mom took care of it, too. We were all into it back then, so we always worked on cars.
Mike said the Chevrolet was a “barn find kind of car” when they got it.
“We had a guy in Franklin paint it,” he said. “I did all the rest, the engine and the suspension.”
The Ford is unique because it is made of Henry Ford steel and has a Chevrolet engine. Mark said they had it for 10 years. When they got it, it looked very different from the Chevrolet.
“It was in really good shape,” Mark said.
With the Avanti, Mike said his father-in-law, Gary Bateman, bought the car in 1993, and it only has about 16,000 miles on it.
“A guy told me it was one of 26 built in ’91,” Mike said. “They’re very rare. They’re all hand built … (and) owned by Studebaker years ago and made in Indiana.
All the three vehicles are mainly taken to car shows only. Chevrolet has been driven to various shows across the country.
The family, though, likes to attend the pre-scoop show because proceeds benefit the FOP’s Cops and Kids program, which pairs local kids and law enforcement officers for a shopping trip to the Walmart Supercenter in Seymour in early December.
“It’s a really good show. We really enjoy it. It’s a good show,” Mike said.
“It’s a great cause,” Diana said. “We try to support that.”
On Saturday night, Scoop the Loop filled the city streets. Some people chose to drive the loop, while others decided to be spectators.
Raymond and Charlene McKinney of Seymour followed suit, sitting on chairs in the bed of their navy blue Dodge Ram 1500.
They reminisced about loop scooping from years ago.
“It was here every Friday and Saturday night,” Raymond said.
“It reminds me of the day,” Charlene said. “You meet your friends, shout at them and we’ll all stop in the middle of the road.”
Both are delighted that Scoop the Loop was revived in 2011.
“I like it. I wish they had it twice a year,” Raymond said.
“I told her I wish it was every weekend,” Charlene said.
They love checking out both old and new vehicles and seeing familiar faces.
“There’s a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time, and then just all the cars, new and old, and of course, I love the music (coming from the cars),” Charlene said. “I’m 64, but it makes me feel like I’m 18 again.”
The couple planned to stay the full four hours of Scoop the Loop.
“Always do,” Raymond said.