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Thor Stonjeck got an early start in car collecting when as a child, he discovered Matchbox cars. Thor’s Dad bought a copper color Beaumont Convertible new in 1965 and it was the daily driver family car until Thor turned 16 and it was gifted to him. Thor actually used it for his driver’s test. He had it painted black in 1979, it wears that paint job to this day. Of course Thor added more power, gave it some attitude and cruised it continuously in Lethbridge where he lived. Under the hood, it’s powered by a snarly sounding 327. As you can see Thor is into the Street Machine look with the smaller skinnier wheels on the front and big fat boots on the back, its a great look. All of his cars have some good rake, nice deep exhaust notes and lots of that great lumpy camshaft sound. Thats how Thor rolls. Thor’s next car was the 73 Camaro in 1980 and he later restored it together with his wife Debbie in 1993. Thor said that something about driving the 73 Camaro just makes him turn animal, so he doesn’t drive it much. 1993 was also the year that Thor and Debbie immigrated to Medicine Hat from Lethbridge so he could take a job at GoodYear, all of these great Lethbridge people coming here and bringing their car culture is fine by me. The beautiful orange 1964 C10 was added to the collection in 2002 and the 67 Camaro Convertible was added in 2006. 2006 was also the year that the black 84 Trans Am changed hands to their son Scott.


Scott has oil in his veins as well and followed his car passion all the way to a journeyman mechanic license. If you happen to see Scott out with his car ask to see the motor, it has clear valve covers and you can watch the rockers doing their job, it’s a pretty cool feature. It didn’t take long after selling the 84 T/A and Thor was really missing having a 5 speed Trans Am of his own so within 6 months he went out and bought the red 89 Trans Am GTA. While setting up the photo shoot I drove the Trans Am and it was a quick reminder that stick shift cars are just a lot more fun. I definitely need to get a stick car again.


Thor and Debbie’s daughters also have the car bug. I have been in the car scene my entire adult life and I can always remember Thor and Debbie along with their daughters being a fixture in both the Lethbridge and Medicine Hat cruising and car show scene, even when they were just very small kids, they were along for the ride. Thor and Debbie carried on a family tradition and gave Hannah the yellow 2003 Mustang and Shalayna the red 2006 Mustang on their 16th Birthdays. These young ladies are very into the car culture as well and spend a lot of time with their parents keeping the collection well maintained and polished.


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