Classic Restoration Enterprises Begins a Dream Restoration for a True Hero

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Classic Restoration Enterprises volunteers to restore A 1955 Ford Thunderbird for former New York Port Authority Sergeant John McLoughlin.

Classic Restoration Enterprises with help from the automotive industry, has begun restoring a '55 T-Bird for New York Port Authority Police Sergeant John McLoughlin. McLoughlin was one of the first rescue officers on scene of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

McLoughlin barely survived being buried under 30 ft of rubble of Tower Two for 22 hours. Once rescued, he was put in a medically-induced coma for six weeks and underwent 27 surgeries. To date, he has also endured 25 additional surgeries. Rather than allow doctors to amputate his legs, McLoughlin fought to walk.

"When McLoughlin came in and I heard his stories, it truly touched my heart, says Melvin Benzaquen," Owner of Classic Restoration Enterprises. "Then I took one look at the car of his dreams and the condition it was in and realized not only had he been swindled but it was a driving time bomb. I knew right then and there that we should get involved free of charge and make his dream come true, and that's just what we intend to do, especially with help from the industry!"

The T-Bird, the car of McLoughlin's dreams, will be presented to him at the 2007 SEMA Show. For more on McLoughlin's story, watch "World Trade Center," the Oliver Stone film which uses McLoughlin (played by Nicolas Cage) as a central character.

About Classic Restoration Enterprises, Inc.

Located just 60 minutes outside of New York City, in Pine Island, NY, Classic Restoration Enterprises Inc., have the experience and expertise to restore and/or modify your vehicle. After all, their company philosophy is "Do it the right way" and that's how they approach every project, offering lifetime guarantees on their work. Classic Restorations specializes in total restorations, modifications and suspension or drivetrain upgrades for wide range of vehicles. Free nationwide pick up and delivery, as well as ballpark quotes are available on most jobs. No job is too small or too large. For more information or to get your next project started, log on to or contact Melvin Benzaquen at (845) 258-2050


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