1 September 2016

Swap to Street Challenge: Meet the team

Davin
Davin ReckowBy day: Scouts parts as Hagerty's Parts Supply Specialist.

By night: Juggles car projects in his own garage and drag races at the strip.

In his garage: A 1966 Chevelle SS396 Hardtop, 1966 Chevelle Malibu Convertible, 1970 Chevelle Nomad Station Wagon, 1989 GMC Z71 Sport side, 1969 Honda Trail 70, Nostalgia Slingshot Dragster, UMP Dirt Modified, and coming soon Nostalgia Fiat bodied Altered.

Dream car: "Can't I just have them all?"

Favorite Project: "Working with my 12-year-old daughter, Grace, on her Jr. Dragster."

Why he jumped at the challenge: “In this age, the romance of this hobby is being lost. The active function of getting off the couch and into the shops with people you enjoy being around has left the younger generations, and the motivation to accomplish a challenging but tangible goal amongst the hustle and bustle of busy, wireless lifestyles is becoming harder to find.”

How will they pull it off? “Swap meets are still a great place to find the affordable parts that you need, and a hot rod can be built at an attainable dollar amount.”

Brad
Brad PhillipsBy day: Maintains authentic relationships between Hagerty, the hobby and clients as Hagerty’s Client Relations Manager.

By night: Brings old cars back from the dead.

In his garage: 1918 Willys-Overland, 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, 1977 Chevrolet Suburban C2500, and 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole.

Dream car: "A 1964 FIA Shelby Cobra 289"

Favorite Project: “My 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, which has been officially certified as an original Tiger and was one of the ‘lost Tigers’ from the official club registry. It is a rust-free car from Colorado, and even though it is in need of TLC, it’s in fantastic original condition, down to the correct hose clamps.”

Why he jumped at the challenge: “I love working with the mechanical aspects of car restoration. Admittedly, I can’t polish, buff or wax, but I love to disassemble, rebuild and replace the working bits.”

How will they pull it off? “I have no doubts about the team being successful in this challenge. I have never built a car as part of a team before, so I’m looking forward to working with the group, delineating responsibilities, and motivating each other to get the job done.”

Randy
Randy ClouseBy day: Teaches automotive knowledge to Hagerty employees via Hagerty U; helps maintain the Hagerty car collection.

By night: Gardens/repairs all broken things.

In his garage: 1975 Suzuki RE5 Motorcycle.

Dream car: "1958 Corvette convertible painted White and Black with checker seats and outside coves."

Favorite Project: “Helping restore a 67 Sunbeam Tiger.”

Why he jumped at the challenge: “A high-stakes, fast-paced project like this is something I have always wanted to try.”

How will they pull it off? "Proper planning and having the right people on board who want to get it done."

Brett
Brett LironesBy day: Services boat policies as a Hagerty Marine LSA/Underwriter.

By night: Wrenches on vintage boats and modern classics.

In his garage: 2005 Pontiac GTO, 2004 Mini-Max 8' Hydroplane, 1976 McCarty 11' Racing Hydroplane, Far too many Outboard Motors to count.

Dream Car: "If it comes down to one, it would have to be Brian Hobaugh’s 1965 Corvette."

Favorite Project: “1976 McCarty Racing Hydroplane + 1949 Mercury KF7 Outboard. A match made in cottage-racing heaven.”

Why he jumped at the challenge: “The excitement, danger and unexplored mechanical territory! It also helps that there's no chance of my tools being dropped in the lake.”

How will they pull it off? “Teamwork, Perseverance and a lot of coffee.”

4 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Mike TC September 9, 2016 at 09:27
    Love to watch these builds. Its like what most of us have to work with, but just in a shorter period of time. I moved to TC 2 yrs ago. would love to tour your shop. I have 2 cars insured with Hagerty and 2 more waiting to get done.
  • 2
    Bob Schaefer Prior Lake, Mn. September 9, 2016 at 11:42
    Stock build should be a snap...everything you need will be right there just buy the best you can find. Body choice will drive the project. Vintage tin all the way ? Coupe,Roadster,Tudor, another Pick-up or something a little more unique ... it's all good fun ! Good luck guys !
  • 3
    ronn sheffield pennellville,ny September 10, 2016 at 11:47
    have 1978 fomula firebird in pro g. 1989 iroc z convert. fully restoed. had 66 must,78vette. 78pro st chev. pu. short box,. love to buy build, play sell
  • 4
    Dave Cavagnaro Blairstown NJ September 22, 2016 at 12:32
    Enjoyed watching the team last year, and looking forward to watching the challenge this year. All the Hagerty staff were so very pleasant to talk with while under the pressure to 'get it done' yet always had time to explain and talk with the spectators....

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