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Richard Penner - This Guy's Garage

A cool place to work that's north of the border, eh

Richard Penner
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Richard responded to an old-car-versus-new-car argument we raised in a recent issue. He solves his dilemma by owning one of each. He is the proud owner of an '06 Mustang GT and a '65 Nova SS. Which does he prefer? It's difficult to say because both have their merits. Richard says the Mustang is quicker and easier to drive, but driving the Nova is more of an adventure. He keeps them in a 900-square-foot shop he built in his backyard. When we spoke with Richard in early October, he had just finished prepping each car for winter storage and was already looking forward to the spring thaw when he can get them back on the road.

A. Car Craft is not above shameless self-promotion, and in that spirit, we proudly point out Richard's Car Craft license plate. Though it does look like there is another magazine's plate next to ours.

B. Richard is a huge drag racing fan. This banner is from the '08 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. "I've gone to that race every year since 1980," he says.

C. There are other license plates on the wall as well. Richard collects them from states (and provinces too, we're guessing) he's visited on business or for pleasure. He's a quality analyst for Rockwell Automation, so he does some traveling for work. He buys most of the plates at swap meets.

D. That's a Lincoln MIG welder hiding under the blanket. Richard says its one of the most useful tools he owns.

E. Richard bought this '66 Nova SS about 12 years ago from a friend who bought it from a guy in Santa Maria, California. This was kind of a smart plan, too, because the friend did all the bodywork, saving Richard the trouble and expense of dealing with a body shop. Upon taking ownership, he swapped in a streetable cam and freshened up everything. The car is complete and still equipped with the factory 327 and Powerglide.

F. Though he admitted to being a lifelong Chevy guy, Richard really likes his Mustang. He originally bought it for his wife, but she didn't like the car, so she gave it back to him and bought a Cadillac CTS instead. It's a basically stock five-speed car, but Richard says it's a lot of fun to drive.

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