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Covering a lot of ground!
CFO's spare time is spent on three very different tracks
Deb Evans knows how to travel in style.
The CFO of $334.1 million-assets Bank
of Lancaster in Kilmarnock, Va., has
two types of horsepower and even steam
power in her repertoire. With a Bachelor
of Science degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute
(now Kettering University), her love for
all rides should come as no surprise.
Most recently, Evans purchased a
2008 Z51 Corvette. When she brought
the new car home on April Fools' Day, it
wasn't a joke, and it fulfilled a long-held
childhood dream that was first kindled
by working on cars with her father. "The
reason I got interested in Corvettes and
cars was my father had a 1939 Ford that
he had hopped up for street racing." He
put in a Corvette engine and did some
Banker Deb Evans' love for all rides started in childhood, and covers horses (she
things to the suspension, says Evans.
is pictured with Heidi, a Dutch Warmblood), Corvettes (her everyday driver, here
"He and I rebuilt that engine when I was
on a racetrack), and 1/8th scale live steam locomotives (with husband, Tom).
in high school."
mare, Heidi. Two and a half years ago,
The 436-hp Corvette is her everyday driver and has 52,000 miles on it. "I figHeidi had a foal that Evans named
ure there's no point in having one if you just leave it in the garage," she says. "It's
Flying Dutchman, and she keeps
meant to be driven."
them both boarded at a stable right
At least once a year, she takes it to a high-performance driving event at
across the road from her house.
Virginia International Raceway. The two-day event splits time evenly between
Evans' love of horses goes back to
the classroom and four daily sessions on the track with an instructor. "It's really
her childhood, and she always found
a school to learn how to drive fast. It's a blast," says Evans. "And it eliminates
ways to take lessons or lease horses
the need to do it on the street if you can do it on the track."
throughout her life-until she bought
Evans also finds herself riding around a different type of track a few times a
Heidi ten years ago.
year as a member of several live steam train clubs-another interest she inherited
For fun, Evans competes in local
from her father. Back in the early '70s, he bought a partially built 1/8th scale
dressage competitions with the mare
steam locomotive and completed it himself. The locomotive is a 4-4-2 Atlantic
under her show name, Funny Girl. A
modeled after the Pennsylvania Railroad's E-6. "The number on the locomotive
beam in her home is covered with ribis 1073, which is the month and year we first built a fire in it," says Evans.
bons she's won at the events.
Since her father passed away, Evans and her husband, Tom, whom she met at
"There's something magical about
a club meet, have maintained the locomotive. It puts Evans' mechanical degree
the connection when you're riding,
to good use. "It's a real boiler, and it operates just like the full-size steam locoand you can feel that the horse is just
motives. You build a coal fire in it and put water in the boiler and make steam,"
waiting for you to ask it for the next
she explains. The locomotive is big enough to ride on, and Evans hauls it down
move," says Evans. "That connection
to club meets in a small camper trailer with a few riding cars.
is very special."
Lest you think she's all about steel and steam, Evans' third mode of trans-Ashley Bray, contributing editor
portation is the original type of horsepower: her 21-year-old Dutch Warmblood
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