Over the course of his life, Doug Seybold of Westlake, Ohio, approximates that he has restored nearly 500 cars. One of those, a 1940 Buick Super Woody Wagon, earned him the prestigious Food Lion AutoFair Best of Show Award Sunday as the four-day automotive extravaganza concluded at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Seybold's 1940 Super Woody Wagon is one of only 500 built and just one of five remaining in the United States. Bought in California, Seybold took the car back to his shop in Ohio where he restores mostly 1940 and 1941 Buicks.

"The 1940 and ‘41 Buicks are works of art," Seybold said.

Restoring the Woody Wagon took Seybold, a Buick Club of America member, more than 5,000 hours over two years.  

"I had never done a '40 Buick wagon," he said. "I love wood and I love cars so I put the two together and thought I'd make a nice marriage out of it."

"We reassembled it at least four times before we got it right," he said. "We made all the seats from scratch, all the metal bars by hand and the dashboard is all engine-turned and wood-grained by hand. Everything was taken down to the last nut and bolt, refined to perfection and fitted over and over again until it's right on the money."

Seybold has restored Buicks from just about everywhere in the country and travels all over the United States participating in car shows.

"We build each car a step at a time and build everything all-new, all the way up," he said.

Seybold is a repeat visitor to the Food Lion AutoFair, and even won the Mecklenburg Strelitz Award (Ladies' Choice) in the Spring 2009 AutoFair with his 1940 Buick Roadmaster convertible coupe.

Now that the 1940 Woody Wagon has won the Food Lion AutoFair Best of Show Award, Seybold has one simple plan for it.

"I'm just going to drive it and enjoy it," he said. "I'm building another one just like it - maybe you'll see that one next year."

For winning Best in Show, Seybold was given a silver cup trophy, a complimentary one-year membership to The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a $100 gift certificate to Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord, N.C., a gift certificate to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C., and two commemorative event t-shirts.

The trophies for the award ceremony were provided by CarShowTrophies.com, the preferred award supplier of the Food Lion AutoFair. The specialty award winners were: Darrell Hinson of Concord, N.C., who took home the Bob Laidlein Award (Most Original) with his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle; Dicky Engleman of Clifton Forge, Va., winner of the Cabarrus Cup Award (Most Creative) for his 1957 210 Custom Chevrolet Truck-turned El Camino; Gastonia, N.C. resident Arnold Walker, winner of the Lion Cup Award (Best Paint) for his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air; Richard Jenkins of Rock Hill, S.C., winner of Best Restoration by Owner for his 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Sports Sedan; and Sylvia Troutman of Statesville, N.C., who captured the Mecklenburg Strelitz Award (Ladies' Choice) for her 1955 Ford F-100 Pickup.

In addition, each of the 56 car clubs participating in the Food Lion AutoFair was judged individually, with a Best of Show picked for each club.The fall installment of Food Lion AutoFair takes place Aug. 26-29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Daily ticket prices are $10 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For details, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or go online.