Bob Stevens, longtime editor of Cars & Parts magazine and lifelong American car guy, died in Sidney, OH on January 1, 2014.

He was 68.

Stevens loved Chevrolet Corvettes, and his collection also included pre-war Fords, post-war Fords, Edsels, Studebakers, Hudsons and much, much more.

Stevens traveled throughout the United States to cover car events, and he was a familiar face at Carlisle, Hershey, Pomona and other shows. He retired from Amos Press in 2010 after 32 years as editor of Cars & Parts.

“It was a heck of a career, I had a great time, and I’d do it all over again. I really enjoyed working with the people of Cars & Parts and, of course, I was close to cars. And I got to build my car collection, too,” Stevens said in a 2012 story in Hemmings Classic Car magazine.

Stevens was born in Detroit, MI on July 25, 1945. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. In 2005, he was honored with the AACA’s George R. Norton Membership Award for his service to the old-car hobby.

Said Publisher Martin, “I knew Bob Stevens for decades and considered him a pillar of the collector car community. We served on the Meguiar’s Collector Car Person of the Year committee, and I always enjoyed listening to him talk about the personalities in the car world, and how he had gotten to know each one of them. I’ll miss him at every car event I go to.”

He is survived by his wife, Dahlia, daughters Sandra and Julie and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on January 4, 2014, and burial was at the Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley, MI.

Memorial contributions in the memory of Robert J. Stevens may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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