July 2019 saw the inaugural Black Label Invitational indoor car show take place at Melbourne Showgrounds. DBC2’s own Senior Graphic Designer, Anthony Crivelli, was one of the lucky recipients of an invite to display his beloved car at the show, a 1969 Datsun 1600.
In the months leading up to the event, Anthony was hard at work putting finishing touches on the car, and by “finishing touches” we mean a complete interior overhaul. The old and worn plush pile carpet was replaced with a new moulded loop-pile kit, in the same striking deep red colour. New door pinch welds, reconditioned seat brackets and B-pillar trims, fresh vinyl upholstery for the upper b-pillars and rear inner wheel arches and a few light coats of black vinyl dye for the original rear seat.
A few years prior, Anthony sourced a pair of well-worn retro Recaro LX-C seats that his father, being a retired upholster and motor trimmer, expertly brought back to with a combination of solid and perforated black leather. Once bolted firmly into place, the seats transformed the interior, along with a brand new Nardi Classic woodgrain steering wheel as the perfect finishing touch.
Bump-in for the show was at a staggeringly early 7:30am, with the Showground entrance experiencing a traffic jam of low, loud, and highly polished cars. Once in the show, the quality of attendees from all over Australia was apparent. All the current trends were on display; expensive custom 3-piece wheels, slammed airbag suspension, and high end brand name parts galore. The buzz in the lead-up to the show proved worthy, from all accounts the event was a huge success, invigorating and exciting car owners and spectators alike. We can’t wait for Black Label 2020!