Today’s Motor Vehicles wants to hear about special vehicles. Enthusiasts love their favorites, and we want to hear those stories with MY FAVORITE RIDE! Readers can talk about anything from classic muscle cars to bulletproof pickups to prized pieces of farm equipment that never let owners down. Each issue will feature a vehicle, a picture, and the story of what that vehicle means to its owner. Readers can submit their stories at www.TodaysMotorVehicles.com/MyFavoriteRide.
August/September 2016 winner
Stewart L. Werner
Executive Director, Conflict Minerals Compliance, Tenneco Inc.
1957 Chevrolet BelAir
355in3 small block V-8, 335hp, 440 lb-ft torque
Holley 670cfm Street Avenger 4-barrel carburetor
Complete powertrain upgrade in 2015
Disc brake conversion (front)
Chrome and powder coated under the hood and front suspension
When did you get your classic Chevy?
As a teenager I had the fever for a car of my own. I was always drawing cars and the ’57 Chevy was a favorite. When the opportunity arose to buy the car from my girlfriend’s uncle I jumped on it without telling my parents… who were not the happiest with me at that moment.
What’s your favorite memory from the car?
It was also the car my wife of 47 years (that girlfriend) and I dated in by ourselves and double-dated with friends. We put street slicks on the car even though it could not smoke them like I would have wanted. On one occasion, we were out for a daytime ride and decided to park under a big oak tree on a sandy lane. We got stuck on flat ground due to the slicks not have any biting tread.
Has your appreciation of the classic cars changed since you were a teenager?
When I bought my first ’57 Bel Air four-door hardtop, I didn’t have the money or know-how to do anything more than drive it. As an adult, way past raising my kids, it was time to relive the thrill of owning and driving a classic, so I restored the one I have now. I am now the Midwest membership ambassador for the American Tri-Five Association which is devoted to the ’55-’57 Chevy’s (the Tri-Five’s).