Chevy Runs Deep

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting 97-year-old Ernest Hoffman, shown here with his new 2012 Chevy Cruze. Mr. Hoffman and I were working together to make pictures for Danhoff Chevrolet, where he has been buying Chevys since 1946. “I started on a Chevrolet and I always liked ’em. That’s all there is to it.”

Mr. Hoffman says his first car was a 1927 Chevy Coupe, and with the exception of a 1932 Ford and a Pontiac Bonneville, he has owned nothing by Chevys ever since. He was a mechanic for Danhof for two 12-year stints, retiring in 1986 at the age of 72, but engines have changed a lot since then. “I don’t even work on my own anymore. I look under the hood and I slam it back shut.”

Instead, he says he started a small engine repair shop when he retired, and that still gives him something to do. “I fix a few now and then yet.”

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4 thoughts on “Chevy Runs Deep

  1. Oh, Thomas. I love this story and the photos. Such character in this man’s face and hands. I particularly like the photo of him and his car with the grain elevator and the Bridgers in the background. And it’s fun to know that I share a day with this, too 😉

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