At the wheel
Meet your Executive Director
When I was a young girl, I was surrounded by old cars and trucks. My mom’s step-father owned an automotive repair shop called “Dave’s Carburetor and Electric”. It was a family shop where my mom worked as a secretary, and my uncle worked on cars alongside my grandpa, whom I called “Pada”. He always had the coolest cars in the shop. My dad always had some sort of project in the driveway. His favorite was a restored 1952 Chevrolet truck that he named ‘Gerdy’. I remember the chains that hung on the tailgate and I always loved playing with them.
My paternal grandfather, Harmon Baker of Fallon, Nevada, bought a 1981 Ford F250 4×4 4-speed, brand new in 1981, the year that I was born. Grandpa owned a farm, and he was a retired truck driver and mechanic. My fondest memories are of him working on his Farmall tractors that are still, to this day, working on the original farm. Grandpa called my dad, Gaylon Baker of Roseville, California, in June of 1998 and gave him this truck. My dad used it as a commuter truck going back and forth from Potterville to Santa Maria, California, where I was born and raised. My dad was a long-haul truck driver and I was blessed, to learn to drive not only the old Ford pickup, but I also learned to drive a two stick 13 speed Peterbilt at the young age of 12.
My Pada restored an old 1966 Plymouth Fury III and my mom, Stefanie Baker, was able to buy it. This became the car that I would drive to and from High School. I remember thinking it was sort of old, but man, did it have some speed! All my friends loved riding in it out to lunch each day, and I have to say, it took corners like no other. My mom would probably be mortified if she knew how I drove that old car, but it was beautiful.
So now let us flash forward today. My dad called me in 2018 and offered me the old 1981 Ford pickup. I bet he did not think in a million years that I would say YES, but I did! We had it shipped out here from California. Having this truck means the world to me. This is not only my family’s history, but it allows me to more actively participate in the car community that I am a part of.
So that is a little about me. I am a car girl, but you can also catch me riding my Harley on a nice warm day!
2023 Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Vice-Chairman of the Board email@example.com
Automotive Heritage Committee Chairman