Posted October 22, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Bessie

Eleven years ago, Justin Wille bought a new Pontiac Vibe at Deery Brothers in Waterloo. Since that time, he’s moved to California, gotten married, had a daughter and come back to Iowa to settle down in Waukee. The car has seen a lot of road since that day and even

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Posted October 22, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured

In their blood

The Vanderploeg family has racing in their blood. As a child, Eric raced go carts across the country as a hobby with his father. He won 13 national championships in go cart racing before moving up to sprint cars in Knoxville, where he won featured events. Some of these included

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Posted October 22, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

1932 Ford

John Vetter has come a long way since buying his first car on a very humble salary. “My first car was a 1959 Fiat that I bought with money from my paper route,” he recalls. These days, when Vetter feels like going for a Sunday drive, he’s got his choice

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Posted October 22, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured

Dirt bike passion

At the age of 3, Justin Schiermeister learned how to ride a little Suzuki JR50 before a pedal bicycle. His father, Greg, had a friend make some training wheels for the dirt bike since they weren’t an option like they are today. An avid KTM owner, Schiermeister started racing hare

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Posted October 22, 2014in Community Featured, Email blast, Pleasant Hill

Classic Corvette

Amazingly, Tom Grogan has no speeding tickets. Though street legal, Grogan’s red Z06 Corvette is built to race. “I can drive it in town, but I don’t usually take it to the grocery store,” says Grogan. “I bought this to race Autocross on the track.” Grogan had threatened to buy

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Posted October 22, 2014in Beaverdale, Community Featured

1972 Ace 100 Hodaka

Greg McInroy was doubtful that his garage contained anything of interest. “I just cleaned out my garage, so I’m not sure what you’re going to find to write about in here,” he says. Passing a snow shovel and a couple political signs, he came across what appeared to be a

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Posted October 15, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

On the move

Whether it’s a new baby crib, a highchair or a giant box of diapers, most expecting parents have a long wish list before their bundle of joy arrives. Topping Jacinda and Clint Schipper’s list was a top-of-the-line BOB jogging stroller. “My mom and dad gave it to us as a

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Volvo station wagon

With a garage full of bikes and weekend trips to ride them, Ken and Kristin Sherman needed a car capable of hauling their gear around Iowa and as far away as Mount Rainier, Washington. What they bought in 2005 was a Volvo station wagon — the V-50. Where they bought

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Posted October 08, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

1972 Monte Carlo

There’s something ironic about driving to Lincoln to get a Chevy. But that’s just what Brian Stanberg did on Mother’s Day this year. Stanberg isn’t one of those guys who’s always wished he had never sold his very first car. Actually, he’s always wished for just what he found on

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Posted October 08, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

Flashback

If you happen to see Jason Bryan rolling through West Des Moines on his motorcycle, you might have a sudden flashback to 1982. You might think you just saw Erik Estrada as Ponch filming an episode of “CHiPs,” the early 1980s television show about the California Highway Patrol. Bryan is

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