Corralling the herd

Stegners

Some people collect trinkets, others collect books. George, ME’74, and Joy Stegner collect Mustangs. (Photos by Spencer Chapin)

With their two sons grown and on their own, George, ME’74, and Joy Stegner were determined to find a hobby they could enjoy together as empty nesters. They decided to buy a classic Mustang and join a club.

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Build-a-Vette

Bier

The Bier family corvette makes its way down the assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky. (Photo submitted)

Greg Bier, EMgt’86, MS EMgt’95, PhD EMgt’97, and his family have owned three Corvettes. But the 2012 Z06 is the special one. That’s the one that Bier built with the help of his wife, Karla, ChE’88, MS ChE’94, PhD ChE’98; son Brandon, EMgt’10; daughter Kirstin, a freshman in chemical engineering, and daughter Bridget, who is seriously thinking about enrolling at S&T in the fall of 2013.

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Rally racers

Rally

Ron Erickson, IST’11 (left), and Matt Conte, ME’10, sit on the hood of Conte’s Subaru rally car at the 2012 Rally in the 100-Acre Wood. (Photo by Tim Williams, IST’08)

Reaching speeds upwards of 95 mph, Ron Erickson and Matt Conte raced their Subaru to a third-place finish in the open light class at the Rally in the 100-Acre Wood in February. The national championship performance rally in Salem, Mo., led drivers through the Ozarks wilderness over unpaved county roads.

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Military monster truck

Skaggs

The Dodge “Weapons Carrier” Barbara Skaggs, ME’85, drives can – and does – go anywhere. (Photo by Bryan Ilyankoff)

“We call her Ol’ Smokey — for obvious reasons when you start her up on cold days.”

Barbara Skaggs, ME’85, is referring to her family’s 1942 Dodge WC52, better known as a “weapons carrier” in the military. Years ago the veteran vehicle found a new life with the family.

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Keeping it in the family

Gauss

Montie, CSci’73, MS EMgt’74 (in sunglasses), and Caryn (seated) Gauss pose with their three children and their families. (Photo submitted)

Many cars have a series of owners before they are scrapped or otherwise retired. It’s rare for a vehicle to find a permanent loving home that spans generations. Montie Gauss’s 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster is one of the lucky ones.

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A meant-to-be MG story

Hieken

(Photo by David Bentley)

Love at first sight isn’t something that happens only between people. In 1952, the U.S. Air Force stationed Milton Hiekenin southwest France, where he bought his first car, a 1953 MG-TD Roadster.

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Model citizens

First sold in December 1927, the Ford Model A was the second huge success for Ford Motor Co., replacing the Model T, which had been in production for 18 years. The car came in four standard colors, but not black. By the end of production in 1932, nearly 5 million Model As had been sold.

  • Jack Jones, Phys’62, bought his 1931 Ford Model A 4-door Town Sedan in 1991 as a pile of parts loaded on a trailer. “Bumpy” was finally built, titled and on the road by 1997. “The inventory of parts included an original ’31 Ford body, rebuilt Chevrolet small block V-8, Ford 8-inch rear end and GMC van steering assembly,” Jones says. “My sister-in-law, Catherine, upholstered the Ford Mustang seats and step-son, Doug, applied the paint.”

     

  • Tom Shepard, ME’67, bought a 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan and he does all the mechanical work required to keep an 82-year-old car on the road. His previous car was a 1931 Standard Coupe with a rumble seat.

A glamorous ride

Nelson

Nicola Utterback Nelson, EE’66, MS EE’71, has owned her Dodge Dart convertible since 1968. (Photo submitted)

Since she was a young girl, Nicola Utterback Nelson, EE’66, MS EE’71, has wanted to own a convertible.

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It ran in Iran – for 33 years

Ghassem Ta kemil, Che’77, snapped this photo of his Renault with family members in the Iranian countryside. (Photo submitted)

About five years ago, Ghassem Takmil, ChE’77, reluctantly turned in his 33-year-old French Renault to an Iranian junkyard. The government gave him the equivalent of roughly $1,200 — about what he originally paid for it — to junk the car, under the condition that Takmil purchase a vehicle made in Iran.

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North to Alaska (via Rolla)

Brian Mullen, GeoE’08, loves his 1989 4Runner because it’s dependable, capable of driving off-road and has a removable top for balmy Alaskan summers. (Photo submitted)

Brian Mullen, GeoE’08, bought his 1989 Toyota 4Runner off a gas station parking lot for $2,000 back in 2002.

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