Shop Technicians-Mechanical/Electrical/Drivability

Chuck Hernandez: Master Technician/Shop Foreman-German/British Specialist

 

Chuck Hernandez

Chuck is a native Coloradoan, born and raised near Ft.Morgan. He attended  and graduated from Morgan High School.  He earned his college degree in automotive technology from Ft. Morgan Community College.  Chuck is proud to be member of the two-man team that won the state level trouble shooting contest on a 1972 Plymouth.

 

Chuck brings over 40 years experience to the automotive repair industry. His experience dates back to his high school years when tuned his 1957 Chevy Corvette with dual four barrel carbs.  He has been tuning multiple carburetor set-ups ever since.  Chuck has experience with a vast variety of automobiles–having worked in independent shops that specialize in Peugeots and BMW’s.  He is certified as an ASE L1 Master Tech. His last position was as head techniciain at Lee and Tyler’s–a well known shop in southeast Denver. Chuck held that position for over twenty years.

 

Outside of the shop, you can find Chuck engaged with his diverse passions including an ongoing study of music.  He plays electric guitar and has performed with several bands in the Denver areaHe lives in southeast Denver with his wife of 35 years, Lisa. Chuck and Lisa are proud parents to an adult son and daughter and have three grandchildren.

 

Ron Clark: Master Technician/Ferrari Factory Trained-Italian Specialist

Ron ClarkBorn and raised in Palo Alto, California, Ron quickly became fascinated by exotic cars at a young age. Spending time with his father, an avid Ferrari aficionado, Ron soon began to discover what many people might possibly never realize in their entire lives—a passion for driving automobiles that are designed to ignite that passion within the driver. This relationship between man and machine has kept Ron’s keen attention throughout his many years and areas of expertise.

 

Around the age of 15, Ron began tinkering with all types of vehicles. While he recognized this interest and allowed it to flourish, Ron felt that it was to be a passion of personal pursuit and went about college seeking a degree in architecture. In a twist of fate akin to a well-crafted plot line, a Ferrari dealership opened its doors across the street from where Ron was studying and he soon found himself working there. A spark ignited in Ron and by his mid-20’s he was performing service work on Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Lotus’ while making new acquaintances which would eventually lead to a successful racing career lasting over 25 years.

 

Ron has worked for several Ferrari dealers and service facilities since 1980, holding technical and managerial positions before moving on to open his own business in Florida. Over the last 11 years, Ron has been in design, prototyping, engineering, managing and presidential positions for some of the biggest names in automotive racing, custom and replica manufacturers.

 

July of 2013 saw Ron, his wife and adopted child return to Colorado. Ron heard about Classic Investments through a mutual friend of Stephen Bell and he quickly found himself touring the shop and meeting the other employees. The entire Classic Investments team is excited to have Ron among them. Ron is excited as well to get back to working on the classic Ferraris that ignited his passion many years ago.

 

In his spare time, Ron follows yet another passion—writing. Currently working on his first novel, he has already been given the green light on publishing. He has attended numerous workshops with notable authors such as Tom Robbins and Kate Sullivan and finds an intense drive to keep writing which he aptly describes with a familiar metaphor: “When I read what the other writers around me have written, I feel a fire start. That fire encourages me to go home immediately and just write. Later when I go back and hear the others respond to my work with accolades, that pours the fuel that keeps the fire growing stronger.”

 

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