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Press PUBLISHER Dan Mathers dan@thewcpress.com ADVERTISING MANAGER Nick Vecchio nick@thewcpress.com GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Julie Ryan jryan@mathersproductions.com Nazarena Luzzi Castro nazluzzidesign.com COPY EDITOR Jon Roth jroth@thewcpress.com CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Jesse Piersol jpiersol@thewcpress.com Kate Chadwick kchadwick@thewcpress.com CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Andrew Hutchins hutch@mathersproductions.com

“It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” —Dominic Toretto COLUMNISTS Becca Boyd bboyd@thewcpress.com Diane LeBold dlebold@thewcpress.com Brad Liermann bliermann@thewcpress.com Jennifer Ozgur jozgur@thewcpress.com DJ Romeo romeo@thewcpress.com Published By... Mathers Productions 13 South Church Street West Chester, PA 19382 mathersproductions.com 610-344-3463 The WC Press is a monthly magazine distributed free of charge to more than 250 businesses. For a free digital subscription, visit thewcpress.com. For more information about specific distribution locations, visit thewcpress.com/distribution.

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UNIQUE RIDES The Lewis Family’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air MAKEOVER DARE Auto rescues a 2014 Infiniti from an ugly accident LEGENDS OF RACING West Chester’s love affair with fast cars UNIQUE RIDE’S Bob Daniel’s 1967 Volkswagen Beetle Rag Top BARTENDER OF THE MONTH Jess DiAntonio talks about her love affair with Ryan’s Pub UNIQUE RIDES Mark Ranier’s 1923 T-Bucket Street Rod WILD RIDES How a classic motorcycle collector grew a hobby into a lifestyle LOCAL PERSONALITY Getting to know some of West Chester’s biggest personalities UNIQUE RIDES Dave Brown’s 1998 Subaru Legacy JDM Conversion OWNER OF THE MONTH Glenn Lewis has worked at Lewis Automotive most his life

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From the

Editor

“Daddy’s gotta go to work.” –Luke Hobbs

I developed a serious interest in cars just before I entered high school, which was—not coincidentally—the year The Fast and The Furious was released. I got my first job that summer, working as a cashier at ShopRite on West Chester Pike, to start saving for my first ride. I spent my free time flipping through Import Tuner and spent time with friends quoting Vin Diesel. “I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” My first car was going to be classy. I had planned on a ’98 VW Jetta GLX with a tasteful lip kit, 18-inch rims, maybe some coilovers, and every part under the hood I could bolt on myself without an engine hoist. What I ended up with was a ’93 Nissan 240sx Fastback with 186,000 miles and flip-up headlights that needed to be propped in the ‘on’ position with cardboard and electrical tape. It was awesome. I spent $200 on that car, made a few minor repairs, then sold it a year later for $1000. By that time I was in love, and I used my profit plus the money I’d been saving to buy another 240sx that was three years newer, had half as many miles and fully functional headlights. That was as close as my savings could get me to my dream of driving the 240’s, sleeker, sexier sister, the 350z. I dropped every penny I made into that car (and dropped the car a little over two inches—finally got those coilovers). I settled for 17-inch rims and bolted on all sorts of new breathing apparatus… although I never replaced the muffler; I didn’t want to be that kid with the warbling tailpipe. I stopped modifying the 240 when I graduated high school, but I drove her all the way through college. After graduation I went and bought a non-descript, front-wheel drive, automatic sedan to haul myself and my materials around to sales calls. I think a little part of me died. This issue offered me a chance to revive that part of my soul. Of course, I drew no inspiration from my dusty collection of Import Tuner. When the suggestion was made that we find “a hot model to pose on the hood of...,” I rejected the idea so quickly the individual supplying the comment couldn’t finish his sentence. No, this might be the automotive issue, but it’s still The WC Press. In this issue you’ll find Jesse Piersol telling the tales of race legends who might just be your neighbors. There’s Kate Chadwick’s piece about a Gay Street business owner who also races restored motorcycles. And even our features on the most unique rides in West Chester, which are sprinkled throughout this issue, tie in the story of the cars’ owners along with the cars themselves. Although my years of being a “car guy” are behind me, I still love beautiful machines as much as I love The Fast and The Furious franchise. Last year I ditched my neutral-colored sedan for a 370z (the 350’s sleeker, sexier sister) and scared my girlfriend into silence on the drive home from Furious Seven as I redlined every gear. I was in my element. When we stopped, I looked at her and said, “There’s nothing sadder than locking a beast in a cage.” She replied, “I really wanna punch you in the face.”

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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by T H E L E W I S FA M I LY

photos Andrew Hutchins

Interview with Glenn Lewis How did you acquire the car? I didn’t acquire it—my dad did years ago. It’s a family car, and really it’s my mom’s now, Dottie Lewis. What’s unique about it? It’s a 1957 but it’s mostly stock and original parts.

Do you drive it often? Oh yeah. It’s a great driver. My mom likes taking it to car shows.

Where will this car be in ten years? I hope the car is still in the family, and we’re going to shows with it.

What is your favorite thing about the car? The looks and how it drives; it drives great. You get in an old car and think “arrgghh,” but this really drives nice—I like the big steering wheel.

Sounds like it’s almost part of the family. Yeah it is. That’s a good way to put it. It was my dad’s dream car.

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The

Makeover

DARE Automotive comes to the rescue of this 2014 Infinity QX60 At Dave’s Automotive Repair Enterprises, every auto body repair process begins with a thorough analysis of the vehicle. In the case of this QX60, the damage was isolated to the front, passenger side. Due to the degree of impact, the front bumper cover, right fender and right headlamp assembly needed to be replaced. The grille of the vehicle sustained cosmetic damage requiring replacement, but the right front edge of the hood was able to be repaired without needing a replacement and the body line between the hood and the front bumper cover was restored. These new body panels were then painted, and adjacent panels were blended to eliminate visible differences. After painting, the new body parts were installed on the vehicle, final adjustments were made to the fit of each panel, and the vehicle was aligned to prevent any possibility of abnormal tire wear as a result of the accident. After a final test drive, the vehicle was returned to the owner in the same condition as the day it was sold.

photo Andrew Hutchins

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Children in

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Jennifer Ozgur is a mother, wife and teacher who still finds time to get out and about with her family

As a writer, I sometimes need to take a journey in a mental time machine. I must project myself anywhere from three to eight weeks into the future in order to produce a column that is relevant during the month of the issue. Take, for instance, the copy you are currently reading. If you're an avid reader, you probably picked up a copy the first week of July; kids have been out of school for weeks already. I, however, am still teaching classes, and we’re all whiteknuckling it until the last yellow bus runs for the year. Students are cramming for finals, teachers are fitting in one last project, parents are still making arrangements for day camps. In the real world I'm currently wracking my brain on plans for Father’s Day, all the while wondering if my flowerbeds will ever get their long-overdue spring mulch. Nevertheless, I write from the perspective of one who is in the midst of summer. So, where will I be this summer? Be it June or July, my son is now three and is finally at the stage where we can enjoy walking in town. When he was much younger, he'd be satisfied with being paraded around in his stroller. Then came the dreaded toddler years—two-yearold boys do not want to stay strapped in, nor can they be trusted to walk. The only answer was to abandon trips into town; it just wasn’t worth the hassle. A few weeks ago I realized that I was able to hold his hand and walk together at a civilized pace. Thus, I am looking forward to reemerging onto the brick sidewalks of Gay and Market. If I'm feeling really ambitious, I may even try to score a table and share a meal al fresco. Not to leave out my daughter: she’s going to be the BGOC (Big Girl On Campus) at her school next year, and she’s correspondingly developed a social life that now eclipses mine. Although she does not yet have a cell phone (a fate I intend to delay for as long as maternally possible), she does ask to borrow mine to commiserate with her BFF of the week. I plan to allow her time with her pre-teen (I just can’t allow myself to say ‘tween') entourage this summer, and I actually look forward to having some girl time now that she and her gal pals are getting fun to hang out with. Now is the perfect time to teach her the value of money. I may just give her a summer budget and take her out in town a few times and see how she spends it: treasure-hunting at second-hand boutiques versus saving up for more expensive item at a specialty shop, or maybe pooling her money together with friends to spend at one of the many Swingin’ Summer activities. As I approach (and exceed) my 550-word limit for this column, my mind slowly comes back to reality. Summer’s only a few weeks away, but I still have some time before it arrives. If only this special time-traveling power could work in the other direction and go back in time. That would come in handy when the last week of August rolls around. jozgur@thewcpress.com

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Racing

LEGENDS OF

By Je ss e Pie rs ol

West Chester’s L ove Af fair w ith Fast C ars

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sunset on a twisty road south of West Chester, Evan Wawrzyniak’s electric blue Porsche Cayman is carving turns so fast and so tight it takes my breath away. Safely and completely within the speed limit, of course, the car leaps over a small rise. My squeal causes Evan to interrupt his calm narrative about the inner workings of the car. “Don’t worry,” he reassures me, tapping the cover of the engine, which sits inches from my left elbow. “This is a mid-engine car. It was made for roads like this.” Although Evan’s pedigree is impressive—his grandfather, “Cannonball” Yates, was a professional racer and his father spent a lifetime in the Detroit auto industry—that’s not the reason I’m in the car this evening. Since I began probing the depths of West Chester’s auto racing scene, I’ve discovered

the town’s long love affair with fast cars. We’ve got a photography studio dedicated to documenting the stunning beauty of race cars, the engineer who designed a number of gamechanging innovations that led to Indy 500 victories in the 1970s, and a service facility that keeps the local Porsche racing community safe and on the cutting edge of technology.

Behind the Lens I met Evan for the first time at an unassuming warehouse in a location I’m not able to disclose. Inside the building, he flips on the lights to reveal a King Solomon’s mine filled with cars including a $2 million hybrid McLaren P1, a red Ferrari Daytona, and high-end Porsches that stretch for rows. A white Cord 612 from 1937 boasts the first automatic

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Ev an Waw r z y n i a k at work in h is studio. photo by Evan Waw r zy niak

transmission ever designed, but it is so obscurely difficult to use that no one can figure out how to drive it. RDS Automotive Group owns the space, including an area called “The Studio” where Evan stages glamour shots for owners of the cars as well as photographs for brochures and other marketing materials. “When you look at a car ad in the brochures they show you, that’s digital imaging, in a city that doesn’t exist,” he says. “My job is to figure out how we can stage these cars in a setting that our customers can visualize themselves in.” When I visit The Studio, Evan is getting ready to shoot the 1970 Porsche 917 that earned second place in the grueling Le Mans 24-hour race in that same year. Its signature psychedelic green and purple swirl paint job arcs and flows over the long sweeping lines of the car’s body. Although this car will be photographed in the studio, many of Evan’s compositions are shot in natural surroundings, including iconic locations around town and beyond. “Sometimes I’ll have a line of kids following me back to the warehouse after a shoot because they’re so excited about the car.”

On the Track Beauty is one thing, but what about speed? In a corporate park off Matlack Street, Dougherty Automotive specializes in servicing the area’s Porsche racers, as well as routine repair and maintenance of non-racing cars, with a focus on European brands. Owner Bill Dougherty spent a year on the racing circuit with Penske Racing before leaving to start the shop in 1977. In a spartan office in the reception area sits Dougherty’s technical director Don Cox. His name is probably unfamiliar, but not his work. During the 1960s, he and a small group of engineers in the R & D department at General Motors pioneered the first wing ever successfully mounted on a race car. “We were trying to figure out how to use air to push the car down onto the ground. One day we were sitting on an airplane, and when we looked out the window at the wings, all at once a light bulb went off: we had to put a wing on a car. After all, if wings could be used to lift planes up, couldn’t upside-down wings be used to push cars down?”

So in 1966, they did it: an inverted wing mounted on two vertical struts articulated just like an upside-down version of the one on the airplane that had inspired the idea. A pedal used by the driver controlled the movement. “It created lift, just like the airplane wing, but downward lift to keep the car on the ground,” Don says. It was revolutionary. “In 1970, nobody had wings. Fast forward to 1974, and everyone had them. And the wings just kept getting bigger and bigger.” “Before the wing, speeds at Indianapolis 500 ranged in the neighborhood of 150 miles per hour. In the first couple of years after the wing was introduced, they rose to 180. Now speeds range from 200-230 MPH, all to do with enhancements in aerodynamic downforce.” Wing technology was a large part of what allowed Penske Racing legend Mark Donohue to win the Indy 500 in 1972. And Don’s collaborative innovations with Mark over the next few years helped procure a stream of Indy 500 victories for Penske Racing during the 1970s.

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D on C ox i nsp e c t s Mark D onohu e ' s c ar f rom ove r Bi l l D oug he r t y 's shou lde r, as Bi l l he re st s h is hands on t he c ar' s w i ng i n t his Motor Tre nd ar t i cl e f rom t he August 1 9 7 2 . photos cour tesy D oug her ty Automotive

In 1976, Don’s team also produced the first cars to have built-in air jacks, allowing tire changes to be completed in mere seconds. “Years before someone had tried it, but it didn’t catch on. After 1976, practically every car had air jacks except for the races that prohibited them.” “I don’t know if I was the first graduate engineer in race car performance, but I was one of the first,” Don reflects. “Back then people were building cars in their garages and racing them. Today, Penske has probably 30 engineers on the racing team.” Don notes that innovation was different then. “Every day it was new ideas. So many things hadn’t been thought of, so everything was low-hanging fruit. All that fruit has been picked now, so it’s harder to create something that is truly revolutionary.”

Don stays current on the technological advancements happening on and off the track, even though he no longer designs as part of a professional team. “This year, the cars at Le Mans ran on 30percent less fuel than the previous year. But they still ran faster and farther.” He asserts that the improvement is largely due to innovations in the braking system. He falls silent and looks at me expectantly. I offer up a little something about how braking energy might be used to propel the car forward. He nods his approval. “I was waiting to see if you made the connection,” he says, to which I reply, “Yeah, I was warned about you, so I came prepared.” We both laugh.

He picks up where he left off and finishes his explanation. “Now, the system can accumulate and store braking energy. The stored energy from the brakes can then be converted into power used on the next straightaway.”

Off the Track Bill Dougherty walks over to a trailer out behind the shop. He peels off a fabric tarp to reveal a mangled red Porsche underneath. The back and sides are crushed. “The driver was going over 100 miles an hour when he crashed,” he tells me. He points to the roll cage, still intact. “The driver didn’t have a scratch.” But what about the car? “He was philosophical about it. That’s what happens in racing.”

We were t r y i ng to f igu re out how to us e air to push t he c ar d ow n onto t he g round. O ne d ay we were sitt ing on an air pl ane, and w hen we l o oke d out t he w ind ow at t he w ing s, a l l at once a lig ht bu lb we nt of f : we ha d to put a w ing on a c ar.

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walks the walk these days, showing me video of his 160MPH top speed laps around the Watkins Glen track last weekend. But the expense and dedication of track racing isn’t for everyone. “It’s $5,000 for a weekend of racing on a track, and D oug her t y Automot ive. photo by Jess e Pie rs ol then you’ve got your $90,000 car on top of that,” Bill tells me. “If that’s not for you, there are opportunities where you can pay $300 and ride around the track with a certified instructor.”

life is impacted by the sport. “There is a direct relationship between safety and maintenance,” says Bill Dougherty. “In Pennsylvania we have the most comprehensive state inspection in the country. Every single day we’re replacing brake lights that don’t work, and fixing exhaust leaks, which can be lethal. Without our state inspection you might never know until it’s too late. We arrange for all our new employees to go through the track so they understand the forces of going down hill at 100 miles an hour. When they come back to the shop, they’re looking at that level of precision, even in your basic passenger car.”

Taking a Lap

Race car maintenance hones the skills of technicians working on your car, but performance drives the innovation that ends up in your car, too. “Automobile efficiency and hybrid technology used in consumer cars There are also clubs, such as the have vastly improved because of the Porsche Club of America, with local demand to juggle speed and accelerachapters that allow owners to enjoy the cars on a different level. “Some clubs also tion with fuel economy, reliability, and safety in endurance races like the 24 have social gatherings. They might have Hours of Le Mans,” an event where Evan Wawrzynthey practice iak tells me. “The autocross skills by setting up cones In 1975, Mark’s reign came big money isn’t in a parking lot. Or in selling millionto an end during a practice they’ll arrange for dollar cars—it’s in session at the Austrian Grand a wine tasting trip, building consumer Prix when a tire failure cars.” He points where everysent him into the fence. He toward my Hyunone drives from initially walked away f rom dai Accent, which winery to winery the accident, but later died is parked next to together. f rom a cerebral hemorrhage. his Porsche. “The It’s also posHe was 38 years old. technology from sible to get the that $2 million thrill of competisuper car is what tion on a smaller filters down into scale. Taylor Porsches like my White helps out Cayman, and down the line to your car around the shop at Dougherty’s in the to make them all more affordable, efafternoons when she’s not studying to ficient, and safer.” be a diesel mechanic. She and her mom own three dirt-track cars that they race at Inevitably, Evan gets stuck behind Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville. On a slow driver on our sunset cruise. He a recent Saturday, they earned first place gestures out the window to the pink in the points race. “We race because it’s and orange striations along the horizon. a bonding thing for me and my mom,” “See? That’s what it’s really all about she muses. “At Grandview it’s like a big right there. Getting to appreciate the family. You’re there with all your friends. beauty of being outdoors.” I have to adOf course, it’s also nice to win.” mit those colors seem just a little more

It’s hard not to get swept up in the passionate pursuit of speed. Don still

Even if you don’t ever want to race or own a performance car, your driving

D on C ox and Bi l l D ou g he r t y. photo by Evan Waw r z y niak

Sitting on a shrine of sorts in Bill’s office is a framed photo of Ben, one of the two “public relations” dogs at Dougherty’s, who died in 2009. Next to Ben’s photo is a scale replica of Mark Donohue’s #7 Penske Racing car from 1966. In 1975, Mark’s reign came to an end during a practice session at the Austrian Grand Prix when a tire failure sent him into the fence. He initially walked away from the accident, but later died from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 38 years old. Mark paid the ultimate price for glory, but racing is hellish on your personal life too, to which Don can attest. “One year I was away for 265 days. I worked 4,000 hours a year. You work all week on the cars, and then you race on the weekends.” It’s the same reason why Bill chose not to stay in the racing scene as a career.

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1963 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop owned by B O B D A N I E L S

photos Bob Daniels

How did you acquire the car? I saw an ad on AutoTrader.com. This was way before the idea of sending photos via email, so I sent a disposable camera via fed-ex to the guy in CA, and he fedexed the camera back for review. How often do you drive it? I drive the car weekly in good weather.

How much work have you done to the car since then? It's had the motor rebuilt and made much bigger. It has a new interior, new wheels, tires, suspension, transmission and more. Do you have a particular connection to this car? In 1987, at age 14, I bought my first VW Beetle—even took my date to

the Stetson eighth grade dance in it (my dad had to drive it). I bought another when I was in high school at East, and the car pictured is my third. What are your plans for the car? It will be my daughter Danika's—her nickname is Love Bug, and she's the reason the vanity license plate says DANIKA D.

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Tell Me something

Good

Kate Chadwick takes a moment to spotlight local citizens for doing something swell.

Who they are: Harriet and June What they do: Harriet Bernstein, 78, and June Duncan, 85, have been volunteering at The ARC of Chester County for three years, where they perform for the young children there. Why they’re on this page: Every Friday, for three half-hour sessions, Harriet and June entertain disabled children at The ARC. According to Mandy Allan, Development and Communications Associate at The ARC, Harriet and June received the organization’s Volunteer of the Year Award at their annual meeting on June 17th. The women have been friends for over 30 years (“more like 35,” says Harriet), and have a shared love of music. Why The ARC, as opposed to another organization? “It was a fluke, really,” said June. “Harriet’s daughter had a friend who works there, so we figured why not?” Both women sing, while June plays the keyboard and Harriet interacts with their young audience, whose members top out at age six. “’Old MacDonald’ is, of course, a given. And we use toys as props to get the children to match the animals in the song,” June said. “And I’m not above making up lyrics when necessary.” She added that while there are usually between four and six kids in each group, “Sometimes they’re combined, and that’s a lot of farm-animal toys.” The songs and music are not just meant to entertain, but to educate these challenged children. “You watch them, every week, and when they can do any little thing that they couldn’t do before— like learning the words to the songs—it’s amazing,” Harriet said. “They really try so hard; they’re just so courageous.” What they like about West Chester: Both women are residents of Hershey’s Mill, but they enjoy the small-town feel of the borough. And, in keeping with her young-at-heart spirit, June likes that there’s a university here. “West Chester’s got a lot of energy; I think because it’s a college town,” June told us. “But then again, that makes it hard to find a place to park sometimes.” What we like about them: They extended a helping hand at an age where some start sitting on the sidelines. “When we signed up to volunteer, we figured we’d be folding letters and stuffing envelopes—which would have been fine,” June said. “We just wanted to do something, however small, to help make things better for these children. Now, I have the opportunity to use music, one of my passions, and it’s been such a blessing. I truly feel like I’m doing something I was meant to do.” Moral of the story: Each generation can give to, learn from, and invigorate the others. “It feels like we get more out of it than we give,” said Harriet. Added June: “The more we do it, the more we love it, and the longer we do it. We’ve become Energizer bunnies; we get that from the children.” kchadwick@thewcpress.com. For info on The ARC of Chester County, visit arcofchestercounty.org Know a WC resident who’s doing good things and deserves a little recognition? Let us know!

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Bartender of the

Month

PHOTO Andrew Hutchins

INTERVIEW Dan Mathers

Jess DiAntonio just kind of happened into her job at Ryan's Pub but definitely doesn't regret it. How long have you been bartending? Since last April. So, what’s that? About a year and two months? How’d you get into it? I had been waiting tables at Ryan’s for about two years when Sean Ryan sat me and Danielle Walz down and asked if we wanted to bartend. Was Ryan’s your first job in the industry? No. I also worked at The Pour House in Exton and this little pizza shop off Paoli Pike. Have you ever heard of Athena Pizza? I grew up in East Goshen—we ate Athena all the time. Best pizza in East Goshen.

As long as you like Greek pizza. Yeah, but who doesn’t like Greek pizza? I feel like we’re getting side tracked. What brought you to Ryan’s? [Laughing] I was sitting and having a drink on the back deck at Ryan’s one night and Sean was making our shots. I stopped him and asked if he had any room for a waitress. He told me to come in the next day and talk to him then. So I did, and he hired me. Now we’re besties! Oh God, he’s gonna love to read that... What do you like best about the job? I guess it’s just seeing my friends all the time. I have extreme FOMO, Fear of Missing Out, so this job is great because I’m never missing out—I’m always out. Technically working, but I’m still out. Anything in particular you like about working at Ryan’s? Working with all my friends and seeing our regulars, although I know everyone says that. Oh, and I love hanging out with JB every day. You have to put that in the article. You saying that just to embarrass him? No. He’ll love it. If you had to work any shift, what would it be? It would be Saturday happy hour into late night, so 6pm to 2am.

Why’s that? Well, it’s the most money… aaand you’re busy the whole time, so it passes quickly, and you see everyone. What do you do when you’re not working? I’m usually out in town with the girls that work here, or visiting college friends. Where’d you go to college? Kutztown University And what’d you study? Communication. Do you see yourself doing something with that degree or are you happy in your career? I actually have a regular right now who keeps pressing me for a resumé to maybe do broadcasting at NBC. I love bartending, but I’m hoping to maybe do that one day. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve experienced in this job? Getting intoxicated people to sign their credit card checks or to give their check back after they sign it. That, or cutting someone off. I don’t imagine people like that. Yeah. No one ever thinks they’ve had enough, and the drunkest people get the maddest. I’ll usually try to give someone a water and tell them to hang for a little bit. Instead of just booting them. That’s nice of you. Thanks. I try.

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Becca Boyd has a passion for good food

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I used to work with a girl who ate her cereal on her drive to work. This perturbed me so much that I’ve never forgotten it; old co-worker, these recipes are for you. I car-eat like the rest of the world, but I humbly believe I do it right. Rule #1: Avoid crumbs. This rules out muffins and other baked goods. These bars can be eaten without utensils or plates and hold together. Rule #2: The snack should cover all components of a complete meal, like carbs, fat and protein. The ingredient line up here is one to boast about: all pronounceable, recognizable foods that blend to form a snack/ meal-replacement bar that is free of preservatives and packaging. Chewy Apricot Almond Snack Bars makes 8x8" pan 1 1/2 c. pitted dates 1 c. dried apricots 1 c. unsalted walnuts 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed 1/4 tsp. almond extract 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1. Process dates, apricots and walnuts in a food processor for about 1 minute. 2. Add remaining ingredients and process until mixture is finely ground, soft, and sticky. 3. Line a square pan with waxed paper, parchment paper or foil. Dump mixture into pan and press with finger tips (moistened if sticky) evenly into edges. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze about 1 hour. Cut into bars and store, frozen, in airtight container. Healthy Pecan Pie Bars makes 8x8" pan 2 c. unsalted pecans 1 1/2 c. pitted dates 1 c. oats 1 tbsp. molasses 1 tbsp. maple syrup 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1. Toast nuts in a dry skillet over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and golden brown. 2. Transfer nuts to food processor and add dates and oats. Pulse several times and then process until finely ground and evenly combined. 3. Scrape down the sides of the canister. Add remaining ingredients and process until evenly combined. 4. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of a parchment, foil or waxed paper lined baking dish. Refrigerate until set and cut into bars. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. bboyd@thewcpress.com

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1923 T-Bucket Street Rod owned by M A R K R A N I E R I

photos Andrew Hutchins

How’d you acquire the car? I didn’t—I actually built the car from the ground up, starting when I was 18. It took me about three years just to get it on the road. Where did you come by most of the parts? Most of the parts are custom order or custom built. Probably about 80% of the car is hand-fabricated by me—welded, cut and assembled.

Is that how you got into your career today, running Leading Edge Autosport? I always knew I wanted to work on cars, so I worked at a couple dealerships, a couple of private shops, and now I’m fortunate enough to run my own place.

And it weighs how much? The car weighs 1,800 pounds.

Tell me about the motor? It’s a smallblock Chevy, twin turbo, pushing right around 500 horsepower.

Are you going to hang on to it forever? Maybe. I’ve had some offers, but I can’t part with it just yet.

What’s the ultimate goal for this car? To drive it. I want to drive it and have fun with it. I didn’t build the car to just sit there.

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How a classic motorcycle collector grew a hobby into a lifestyle

story Kate Chadwick photos Andrew Hutchins There is probably not an adult among us who doesn’t have one of those pivotal moments in our youth that strongly shapes the course of our lives. For me, it was reading Little Women at the age of ten. For John Lawless, that moment came while riding on the back of a classic motorcycle with his dad when he was just eight years old. “My father took me for my first ride sitting on the tank of a 1966 BMW R69US, in the rare Dover white paint scheme. Back then, ninety percent of BMWs were black with white pinstripes,” Lawless said. “The thrill of the wind in my face and the sensation of the speed fascinated me immediately.” That first ride has had an impact that has lasted for literally decades. Lawless, now 53, is an optician who has co-owned several optical businesses since 1986, including Sterling Optical on Gay Street. But the collecting, restoration and racing of vintage motorcycles is truly his passion. “Classic motorcycles are a huge part of my life,” he said. “My younger brother started riding motorcycles before I did, and that inspired me to give it a try when I was 24. It's now been nearly 30 years since that first motorcycle purchase, and there has been no looking back.” While he doesn’t restore vintage motorcycles profession-

ally, Lawless coordinates the restoration and preservation of his own collection of machines. How many machines is that? "The number varies," said Lawless, whose private collection includes Italian, French, German and Japanese motorcycles. “It's an ever-changing collection—the thrill of the acquisition

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and the researching of the motorcycles drives my continued involvement.” But acquisition is not the only thrill that Lawless gets from vintage bikes. “I've been racing motorcycles since 1989 in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, the American Motorcyclist Association, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, and United States Classic Racing Association series, although now it’s now just a few times a year, due to work commitments,” he said. “I've had the opportunity to race many, many different types of motorcycles over the years and to lend support to riders who went on to reach professional status.” This year he’s scheduled to race a 1961 Norton Manx and a 1972 MV Augusta at the upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Festival race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, which will be held on July 10-12.

gave it up when she started college.” But collecting, restoring and racing wasn't enough for John, as his hobby became so much more than a casual diversion. “I went on from collecting and racing to create and run the Chadds Ford Classic Motorcycle Auction, which was held at William Bunch Auctions from 1993 to 2012,” Lawless said. “It was very successful, and it introduced me to many new friends and fellow collectors while we ran it. It also opened the door to many interesting machines to buy.” In fact, Lawless still brokers motorcycles, as well as motorcycle memorabilia, privately for a select group of clients that he has worked with over the years.

I've been racing motorcycles since 1989 in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association...

Which makes you wonder, with the inherent risk of injury, if he's ever taken a serious fall? “I've been injured in a few racing accidents, and once on the road, when I crashed avoiding a deer on an early morning ride.” Even Lawless’ daughter, now 32, rode bikes growing up, he said, but “she

And when the auction came to an end, Lawless found another way to channel his passion. “I decided to change course after the auction ended,” Lawless told us. “I became an Executive Board member of the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance in 2006, and I was charged with organizing the motorcycle collection that’s part of this top-shelf automotive event. Soon after that, I was asked to organize an annual month-long show at the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia. The two shows run concurrently, so a lot of the participants display vehicles at

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both events.” Motorcycle owners from all around the United States bring their motorcycles to these events, but they're far from repetitive. “The shows differ in that the Simeone Museum's mission is 'education and demonstration,' whereas the annual Radnor Hunt Concours is all about the aesthetic impact of a vehicle,” Lawless said. “We've managed to have many AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Hall of Fame members come and share their stories with us over the years. It's been immensely gratifying.” It has also led to invitations for Lawless to judge motorcycle events around the country. “My wife and I just got back from Carmel, California, where I was judging completion machines at the Gathering of the Motorcycles at Quail Lodge.” Lawless has also helped coordinate motorcycles for the last few years at the United Cerebral Palsy fundraiser, Motor Cars Under the Stars, which was held this year at A.I DuPont Nemours in Wilmington, where, he said, “We assembled a fine collection of DuPont-owned motorcycles for the show.” Just as I was starting to feel that I haven’t been investing enough time in my own hobbies, Lawless added: “I also produced my own television show with local cinematographer/ director Ed Buffman and starring another local gear head, Matt Smith.” The show, which was called Retro Moto, aired in segments during the popular automotive show, MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotives series. After the show failed to find a sponsor, Lawless moved on,

and created a blog. “I use it to chronicle my adventures and share the stories that interest me in the motorcycle world.” You can read it at myclassicmotorcycle.blogspot.com. His interest, while extensive, is still extremely focused. “I sold all my newer bikes,” he said. “I still like new bikes, and I will no doubt have one again, but I admire the older styling and the technical challenges of keeping them running.” All of this vintage bike activity begs the question: would Lawless classify his interest in older motorcycles as merely a hobby, or is it more of an obsession? “I would call it a hobby,” he said. “But my wife would call it an obsession. She recently clipped an article from a UK-based classic bike magazine called I Can't Stop Buying Old Motorcycles, and she taped it up in my office.” I told Lawless that I was thinking about titling this article Easy Rider, and asked if he had any thoughts on the iconic movie of the same name. “I think the film is an interesting capture of that particular time in our culture: the drugs, rock and roll, and the cycles. And, well—at least it had Jack Nicholson.” Indeed, Nicholson is the quintessential bad ass. Which brought me to my final question for this motorcycle maven: must one be a badass to ride a motorcycle? “Haha—no,” Lawless laughed. “But I just went to the 90th birthday part of an old friend who rode his motorcycle to the party. Now that is badass.”

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Local Personality PHOTO Andrew Hutchins INTERVIEW Dan Mathers

Kyle A. Smith of Kyle's Auto Tags brings personality to the job So, how’d you end up opening your own business? I worked for the competition for 25 years, and they let me go; I figured I wasn’t going to become a plumber. How’s it working out? Pretty good. Been in West Chester for six years, four years in Thorndale. It pays the bills, and I eat at Pietro’s every now and then. Sure, it hasn’t bought me a Corvette yet, but that’s fine—I’m a Camaro guy anyway. What do you like about working for yourself? I can’t get fired for being 15 minutes late—that’s the only perk.

Do you take advantage of it? Every day. It tells you on my answering machine that I get here 15 minutes late, and I leave 15 minutes early. Were you motivated to get into this business because of an interest in cars? I started in this industry when I was 11, before I knew what a car really was. But do I love cars? Absolutely. I’m a muscle head— I love my Camaros and Chevelles. Do you collect them? Nah, but I used to drag race at Maple Grove, and I’ve got dozens of trophies for racing. The problem was that it got too expensive. What were you racing? I’d race a ‘67 Chevelle or whatever I owned at the time. I raced my Toyota pickup truck once. It was bracket racing, so it didn’t matter what I was driving, just how I was driving. Are there any benefits to having an auto tags business? You get to know everybody? When I go out on a date everyone’s like, “Hey Kyle.” That blows up my ego nicely. As for benefits to working with PennDOT? No. There’s not a lot of perks—

there’s a lot of red tape. What’s the hardest part of the job? Waking up in the morning when you got home at 4am after drinking and playing poker. Really, after you’ve done this for 35 years, there’s nothing hard about it. I’m the self-proclaimed king of auto tags, and there might only be one person in this state who knows more about it than I do. What’s the most interesting thing ever to come across your counter? Interesting titles owned by stars: I’ve seen Tommy Hilfiger’s car; I’ve seen Paul McCartney’s car. What’s your most interesting customer interaction? Every customer interaction is interesting. Whether telling dirty jokes, being politically incorrect or taking shots of Crown, it’s always interesting. What’s something people might not know about you? I do outside notary, where I go to a nursing home or wherever. I always connect with those people; they can tell I care. I think that’s indicative of my connection to this community. Not that I’m a pillar of the community or anything...

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1998 Subaru Legacy owned by D AV E B R O W N

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How’d you acquire this car? I bought this car from somebody who had blown the engine, so I got it for a really good price at about $500. What’d you do about the engine? I tried to repair it, but that didn’t end up working out to my liking, so I got a used engine off the internet, and that one was also bad, which led me to go fullon and buy a full half a car from Japan and have it shipped here.

Why Japan? The reason I did that is because they had a factory twin-turbo engine available. The only stipulation was that the car has to be right-hand drive because of the orientation of the turbos. So, I went ahead and converted the whole car to right-hand drive. It looks like you’ve gone a step further. I spent 100 hours swapping over the firewall to make it right-hand drive, but I always wanted to make it more aggres-

sive, so I wide-bodied it using fenders from an Audi A4, which I custom cut and molded to fit. Then spent 16 months getting just about every part available from Japan and importing it. What is your favorite aspect of the car? I like that the car is very subtle. A lot of people don’t realize what’s been done to it. I also wanted to keep it true to its era, in that its design elements are still true to the late ’90s.

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Diane LeBold and the West Chester Food Co-Op examine local food production and bring eaters closer to the source of their food.

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Baily’s Dairy: How a small family farm makes a difference. I think it’s safe to say that most people think all milk is essentially the same, whatever the brand, organic or otherwise. Looks the same. Tastes the same. Offers essentially the same nutritional value. Unless it’s milk from local, grassfed cows, bottled onsite, that is. For example, do you know that the flavor of milk from grassfed cows can vary according to the season and what’s growing in the pasture? Or that the cream from these cows has a slightly golden color? Or that dairy products from grass-fed animals tend to be richer in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids than commercial products... and don’t contain added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs? Milk from grass-fed animals is the richest known source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to increase muscle tone and decrease body fat. Those who want a direct experience of Chester County’s own grass-fed dairy products can get it at Baily’s Dairy at Pocopson Meadow Farm. Baily’s is a great example of how a family dairy farm that cares about its animals can offer higher quality, healthier products to its customers. It’s also a great example of the kind of local farms that the West Chester Food Co-op supports. Founded in 1874, Baily’s is currently run by the fourth generation of the Baily family, sisters Meredith Baily and Becky Cockroft, along with Becky’s husband Eric Cockroft, and is owned by Meredith and Becky’s father, Bernard Baily. It’s one of only a small number of dairies in Chester County that do their own onsite bottling—including (for fellow chocoholics) chocolate milk. They also produce their own butter. A certain percentage of sales is through the farm’s onsite market, and the rest is sold to restaurants and distributed through small markets in the Kennett Square and West Chester areas. The farm’s herd of 87 cows are predominantly American Lineback, aptly named for the broad, white line that runs along the spine of each cow. Meredith Baily says Linebacks are an old English breed and are her father’s favorites because they’re well suited for pasture grazing. They tend to be hardy and produce a high volume of high-protein milk. Running the 65-acre farm is a year-round job, but Meredith says she and Becky decided to make that commitment in order to keep the farm in the family. “We all pitch in,” she says. “Most of the time Becky does the ‘cow work’ and I do the office work, but we switch off.” Becky’s husband, Eric, handles the bottling. About 15 years ago, Meredith says, milk prices were so low that her father had to sell off part of the property. The resulting housing development is in plain view behind the farm, but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm she and her family have for keeping the farm alive and thriving—and their love for what they do is clear wherever you look. –dlebold@TheWCPress.com Baily’s Dairy is at 1821 Lenape-Unionville Road in Pocopson Township610-793-1151, bailysdairy.com. They also offer “Farmtastic” birthday parties for children.

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Owner of the

Month

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INTERVIEW Dan Mathers

Glenn Lewis is the second generation at Lewis Automotive, a business that’s been in West Chester for more than 50 years. How long have you been working in this industry? Well, my whole life. I started here when I was young, back when my dad was running it. How long ago did your dad start the business? He and my mom started the business in 1964. So you celebrated 50 years recently? Yeah. It’s a second-generation, 50-year, family business. Did you always know you’d take over the business? Oh yeah. I always had that drive. I was always mechanically inclined when I was young, just like my dad. I started building and fixing things around the house when I was really young, and I’d come in during the summer and help around the shop. Back then I would just be doing stuff like sweeping floors, helping technicians with what they were working on. How big was the business back then? It was very small when we opened. When Dad first started the business he was in a two-bay shop on West Chester Pike. When did your family move to this location? They moved out here to Bolmar Street in ’68. We started out here as a five-bay shop, and now it’s up to 13. That’s a lot. Yeah. Especially for an independent shop. How many guys are working in a shop that size? We have six guys working. Anything they specialize in? We do anything related to automotive repair of any car or truck on the road. The only thing we’re not is a body shop, but we work with a lot of different body shops in the area. Do you still get your hands dirty? As needed, I’ll get them dirty. You know, I always tell people, “I love the business

so much—I enjoy coming to work every day.” What changes has the business undergone since you’ve taken over? The technology has just gone crazy and ballooned out of sight in the last couple of years, and there are so many models of cars on the road now and they all vary in their own ways. I imagine it’s difficult to stay on top of that. It can be, and people don’t realize that. I always compare this to being a doctor, because you have to go to schools and seminars every year just to keep up with the technology. Do you keep up? We have all the latest and greatest monitoring technology, and we offer our great service at a great price.

What would you say you’re known for? We’re known for honesty. People trust us. Another thing we do is that we repair items that need repair, but then we make notes of items that may need work in the future so that our customers have the opportunity to prepare their accounts. We also do a lot of work for other dealerships and bodyshops in the area—they get something in that they can’t handle, and they send that work our way. I guess that’s the benefit of having been in West Chester for 50 years. It really is. It makes a difference that we’ve been here this long and built our reputation. All the shops know us, and they know when they send somebody our way they’re not gonna get screwed.

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July

Hit List

DJ Romeo curates a list featuring the top tracks you'll hear played on the radio this month.

The following is a list of songs that will take over the radio stations in the next few months—you'll soon know them by heart and play them 'til they're tired. But, good news: you can download them first and look like the cool musical genius to all of your lame friends. djromeo@thewcpress.com

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RAC ft. Nate Hendricks - “Back of the Car” Rationale - “Fast Lane” filous ft. James Hersey - “How Hard I Try” MAX ft. Hoodie Allen - “Gibberish” The Weeknd - “I Can’t Feel My Face” Hozier - “Someone New” American Authors - “Go Big or Go Home” Jason French - “You Just Want My Money” MKTO - “Bad Girls” Scavenger Hunt - “Wildfire” Major Lazer ft. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley - “Powerful” Young Empires - “Sunshine” FloRida ft. Robin Thicke & Verdine White - “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” Keith Urban - “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” GOLDHOUSE - “Over” Hunter Hayes ft. Lady Antebellum - “Where It All Begins” Panama - “Jungle” Galantis - “In My Head” Sundara Karma - “Flame” Sage the Gemini ft. Nick Jonas - “Good Thing” Eric Prydz - “Generate” Jamie XX ft. Young Thug & Popcaan - “I Know There’s Gonna Be” Leona Lewis - “Fire Under My Feet” Foxes - “Body Talk” LANY - “Youarefire” Hibou - “Dissolve” The Lighthouse & The Whaler - “I Want to Feel Alive” Axwell /\ Ingrosso - “Sun is Shining” Tep No - “Pacing” Mizgin - “If I Said I’m In Love”

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The WC Press Automotive Issue - July 2015  

Voice of the Borough

The WC Press Automotive Issue - July 2015  

Voice of the Borough