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first person GERALD REEVES A drive down memory lane Keeping the wheels rolling on a piece of the past Gerald Reeves' 1915 Model T Ford will be 100 years old next year. The car is just one of the 11 antique vehicles Reeves has collected and restored over the years, but it's his personal favorite. It's also the first car that he had a hand in acquiring with his father, who helped instill in him a love for antique vehicles. In addition to his 1915 Model T, Reeves' collection includes: * 1919 Dodge Touring car * 1923 Model T pie wagon * 1924 Model T fire truck * 1925 Model T Ford sedan * 1926 Model T Ford * 1929 Model A Ford * 1931 Model A Ford pickup truck * 1931 Model A Ford roadster * 1931 Chevy sedan * 1980 MGB All his vehicles are drivable, and he keeps Carefully restored and maintained, Gerald Reeves' collection of 11 antique them in several garages and a barn. "They vehicles is "interactive." Getting out and riding them-like this 1924 Model have to be inside because they deteriorate T fire truck, with a siren kids can operate-brings him the greatest pleasure. pretty quickly if they're outside," he says. While Reeves enjoys the vehicles "Even when they're stored inside, you have to keep them polished and cleaned, and the restoration work, he's quick or else they'll get rusty." to note that these aren't show vehiKeeping 11 vehicles in working condition is no small task, but growing up on cles, and that using them is what a farm gave Reeves a good working knowledge of machinery and equipment. He brings the greatest pleasure. In the performs certain maintenance and upkeep seasonally. In the winter, he works summer, he takes the cars to local on longer-term projects like upgrading or replacing an entire system, and in the antique car shows as well as events spring, he prepares the cars for summer events by freshening fuel and changing like Sturdy Savings Bank's picnic. batteries. He shuts the cars down for storage in the fall. "It's a full-time job just "The pride of the fleet," his 1924 keeping these running," he says. Model T fire truck, is especially popuBecause of this and the time he must dedicate to his actual full-time job as lar with kids. Reeves lets them operate president and CEO of $564.4 million-assets Sturdy Savings Bank in Stone the crank siren and take pictures on Harbor, N.J., Reeves looks for cars that are mostly intact since they require less the truck. of a time commitment. "If it's intact, you can move it around and just replace or "It's an interactive collection. I repair one or more parts at a time. I'm not very good with a 'pile of parts' sort of don't conceal them; I don't lock them restoration," he explains. in glass and leave them there. We get Reeves has let only one car go the entire time he's been collecting, and he them out and ride them," Reeves says. finds vehicles on eBay or through publications like Hemmings Motor News, which "The real fun is the interaction with he's subscribed to since 1967. He follows a parameter of his father's when the people." searching: "My dad had a rule of thumb: He didn't think they were old unless -Ashley Bray, contributing editor they were older than him." (The MGB was an exception, he notes.) 44 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | AUGUST 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - August 2014

Chairman's View
Editor's Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
Community Banking
Why HCE could be a big payment plus for banks
Rethinking the branch experience
Social media success not all about "followers"
Compliance Clinic
Around the ABA
Legal Issues
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - August 2014

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