A Young Man and His Old Cars

At 6 years old, J.R. Amantea got hooked on cars — his first solo restoration was on his Power Wheels Jeep. At age 8, he helped his dad restore a Corvette. NCRS judging documents were his reading of choice during middle school. He was an NCRS judge at age 12. After college, he embarked on a career in finance, but cars kept calling. He started his business, GT Motor Cars, in 2014, and he’s now a fixture in the collector-car Read More

Chester Allen

Chester Allen - SCM Executive Editor

Chester came to SCM after 17 years as a reporter, editor and columnist at several newspapers in Washington and Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. His earliest memories include sitting in the family’s Chrysler convertible and draining the battery while repeatedly pushing the button to raise and lower the top. An avid fly angler, he wrote outdoor columns for The Olympian newspaper for seven years, and he is completing a book about flyfishing for sea-run cutthroat trout. At the green age of 22, he drove his employer’s 1973 Ferrari 246 Dino from San Diego to Malibu. It was a long, nerve-wracking drive, but there was a golden moment when a beautiful woman handed him a slip of paper at a Pacific Coast Highway stoplight. He never made the call, but it’s something to think about on long drives.

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