Almost as rare as the award-winning 1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible Stan and Lori McGuire of West Des Moines own is their philosophy on how best to enjoy it. While most classic car owners park their prized possession in the garage, the McGuires drive theirs everywhere, including to car shows across the country where they frequently win awards.
“Most people we talk to are afraid to drive their classic car because of the value, but we feel like you should drive it like you drive any car. They deteriorate when they sit in a garage. Every time we take it out, we get a thumbs up from people,” says Stan McGuire.
Since they were first made in 1968, the Road Runner has been Stan McGuire’s favorite car. He previously owned 1968 and 1969 models he bought brand new and later sold. In 1990, he bought his ’69 Road Runner, had it completely restored with scorch red paint and immediately began driving it to car shows across the country, including the Mopar Nationals where he placed in the top five for five years.
“This car has never been on a trailer. I drive it to the events I compete in and still win,” says Stan McGuire.
During the years, he has driven the car from Canada to Florida and California to West Virginia, competing in car shows along the way. The McGuires and the car were featured in a 1996 issue of Muscle Car Review magazine, which chronicled the couple’s journey along Route 66 and other parts of the country for a trip that lasted about 6,200 miles and three weeks.
“They did a ride-along with us, and it never rained a single day,” says Stan McGuire.
Of the 80,000 Road Runners made in 1969, Stan McGuire says 2,100 were convertibles and he owns one of only three that includes factory cruise control. The car also features a 383 stroker engine and power steering and brakes. The original transmission is stored in his garage.
“It’s opened a lot of doors for us meeting people and doing things like having lunch with Richard Petty,” says Lori McGuire.
Stan McGuire says he has entertained offers to buy the car, but he isn’t done driving it yet.
“We’re still having fun with it,” he says.
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