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.
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.
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.