By Karen Vaca
For many of us, cars are used as an easy form of transportation and we are willing to use just about any type of car as long as it gets from point A to point B, but for some of our fellow Barons, cars are much more than that.
Junior Nick Montoya was raised attending classic car shows and grew to work on repairing cars to get them up and running again on his own.
“I was eleven when I got the body of the first car I built,” Montoya said. “I’ve built two cars from scratch and overall I have repaired roughly ten cars.”
Montoya searches for cars assembled before World War II, making his 1930 Ford Model A his pride and joy. His focus on classic cars makes his hobby that much harder as the hunt to find the perfect missing pieces is not as easy as it would be for something more modern.
“I’m into rare parts. To me the rarer the better, but of course trying to find the rarest of the rare is a painstaking task,” Montoya said. “It could take years or months to get everything needed to put a car together, it’s a matter of knowing the right people and a fair amount of luck too.”
Montoya plans on keeping most of the cars he has now in the future despite the money he has been offered for his cars.
“I’ve been offered $30,000 for one of the cars I have,” Montoya said. “The 1930 I’ll keep forever so my kids can drive it and I can too when I’m like eighty.”
Montoya is passionate about cars, yet he does not plan on pursuing a job in the automotive industry.
“I know it’s not a good career. It is more of a hobby for me that I know it’s going to be in my life forever as a fun side project,” Montoya said.
On the other hand, senior Kushan Yalamanchi wants to start his own automotive company after taking a course offered at our very own school: auto shop.
“[Auto shop] helped me gain a lot of practical experience and confidence needed when working on cars,” Yalamanchi said.
Like Montoya, junior Sean Dirolf established his interest in automobiles at a very young age and now works on stanced cars, a car type meant to go fast and drift easily as they are known for being really close to the ground.
“When I was four my dad started taking me to the annual car shows; he was also a car enthusiast. I was just raised around cars,” Dirolf said.
Hoping to expand his horizons, Dirolf wishes to experiment with other types of cars with the same basic idea.
“In the future I plan to sell the car I currently have or turn it into a full drifting car which won’t be street legal anymore,” Dirolf said. “I also hope to shift my perspective to VIP cars which is a different genre of cars but with the same basis of being low as can be but with luxury cars like Lexuses.”
Occasionally Dirolf fixes his friend’s cars and goes drifting on the race track.
“Even though I have a cool car I still can’t pull girls. Guys on the other hand that’s a different story,” Dirolf said.
What unites these upperclassmen is that they share the road of happiness where they are able to do what they love as a hobby while having a career in a different field of study.
“If it’s loud, leaks oil, smells like gasoline, and is dirtier than my hands, then you know it’s making me happy,” Montoya said.