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Posted February 04, 2015 in Ames, Community Featured

Walking into Dave Sly’s garage, or “garagemahal” as his friend Daryle Vegge likes to call it, is like stepping back in time. A few decades, in fact, to a world that included rag-top cars, drive-in movie theaters and fastfood restaurants, jukeboxes and checker-board floors.

Dave Sly’s garage is filled with cars, motorcycles and games that would make any gearhead envious. Photos by Todd Burras.

Dave Sly’s garage is filled with cars, motorcycles
and games that would make any gearhead envious.
Photos by Todd Burras.

Sly, a professor of practice in industrial engineering at Iowa State University and president of Proplanner, a manufacturing software company in the ISU Research Park, is a self-acclaimed car geek.

“I have always been a gearhead since high school and into car models since elementary,” he said. “My family has a long history in classic cars. My dad, an uncle, my grandfather, they all were interested in cars.”

Sly’s collection includes a 1959 fuel-injected Corvette Convertible (that he’s currently restoring), a 1967 Firebird 400 Convertible (Sly’s first car, which he restored in high school), a 1981 Delorean with only 638 miles (“I drove it around the circle drive last year. So I put two-tenths of a mile on it,” he said.), a 1987 Porsche 928, a 1984 Porsche 944, a 1973 Triumph TR6 and a 2000 Indian Chief Motorcycle.

Two car lifts and a full suite of automotive restoration equipment are needed for the vehicles Sly works on restoring to their original mint condition.February 2015 Ames Living What's In Your Garage? Secondary

When he’s not working on cars, Sly can also be found at times in the garage playing games. He’s got a lot to choose from, including a 1950 Brunswick Centennial pool table, a Tornado brown marble foosball table and three connected SEGA Daytona 2 sit-down racing games so he can race friends when they come over for a night of cards or billiards.

“My wife thinks I’m a kid,” Sly said.





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