Huh? Car show to mix professional wrestling, vintage vehicles

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Amber Nova, an independent wrestler and organizer of a classic car show that combines professional wrestling and vintage vehicles, poses next to her restored 1973 Chevrolet Nova. | Facebook photo
Amber Nova, an independent wrestler and organizer of a classic car show that combines professional wrestling and vintage vehicles, poses next to her restored 1973 Chevrolet Nova. | Facebook photo

I never thought I’d write this, but if you’ve always wanted to go to a classic car show that’s also a professional wrestling competition, your event has arrived.

The upcoming Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ event in Orlando, Florida, is the brainchild of Amber Nova, an independent wrestler who also restores classic cars and has been doing so since she was a teenager.

“All the cars will be in the lot, hopefully surrounding the ring, and it should look really cool,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s called a classic car show, but all cars are welcome.”

Nova — who trains at Team Vision Dojo, the gym supporting the event — said she plans to bring her neon orange 1973 Chevrolet Nova. It’s the second Nova she’s restored. She built the first one with her father and drove it for eight years before selling it.

“My dad is a mechanic, so it runs in the family,” she said.

Nova also will compete in the ring during the show, along with other independent wrestlers.

“It’s been incredible,” Nova said. “My mom and dad are driving down from South Carolina. People are starting to get excited. I believe it will be a great event.”

The show will be held at Ace Café in downtown Orlando on November 3. It begins at 2 p.m. and tickets range between $8 and $15, though children 6 and under will be admitted for free.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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