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Featured Member of the Week: VicGunz

2015 Victory GunnerPlease tell us a little bit about yourself…

I retired from the US Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 2010. I am in my second year as a Computer Tech Teacher in a Vocational High School in Upstate NY. I taught Navy Junior ROTC in a High School in Syracuse, NY for 3 years prior. Before that I was a Corrections Officer for a year. Right after I retired from the Navy I was an Assistant Manager at a brake and muffler shop for 6 months. I guess I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

I am happily married to my best friend Joann and we have one 6 year old daughter together.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?

I found it when I was entering online contests.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?

I have a custom 2015 Victory Gunner and a 1954 Chevy 210 Deluxe.

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?

My 2015 Victory Gunner was custom made for me by Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness as part of an online contest I won from Polaris. I was able to choose what I wanted done with money not being an object. AND I got 2 paid trips to San Francisco.

What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?

Two new tires and I am changing the rear shock to a Progressive shock. I am investigating and comparing intakes. Looking to get everything done and maybe take a trip to Daytona Bike Week for the 75th Anniversary.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?

Not really a modification, but I bought my 1954 Chevy in non-running condition. I spent a week pulling out and reinstalling the distributor before I realized the distributor gear shear pin was broken.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?

I entered it in a bike show at Catskill Thunder in 2014 and won the “Best of Class” award against all Harleys.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?

My dream car is either a 1970 LS6 Chevelle or a 1969 COPO Camaro. Tough choice!

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy. Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

My wife says I spend more time cleaning my bike than riding it, but that is an exaggeration. Keeping it clean is important. I can’t stand leaving dirt on it. I have a whole shelf unit full of cleaning and detailing products and I’m not afraid to use them. A few years ago I sold my Harley I had for 6 years and it looked like new, and I rode it. It wasn’t a garage queen. It had over 20k on it. Keeping it clean is the best way to ensure a return on investment.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I have always been a Chevy guy…hence the 54 Chevy. I also have always been a Harley guy, but a couple years ago I had to sell my last Harley when money was tight. It was my intention to get another Harley once I was in a better position. Then one day I get a call saying I won a new Victory Gunner and all of a sudden I am a Victory guy! I still love Harleys and may even own another one in the future, but I am loving my Gunner and of course the price was right!

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