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Will Cronkrite's background is in mechanical engineering and that has resulted in a keen interest in doing original research and fact gathering, as well as developing organizational skills. Having spent 21 years as a NASCAR crew chief and car owner, he developed a competative attitude as well as a number of fabricating and assembly skills. After a stint as Director of Research and Development at the Lowe's Motor Speedway and employment as a Design Engineer he became involved in both MAFCA and MARC as a Fine Points Judge. He completed a Wide Bed Pickup that received 481 points that resulted in "The Henry Ford" award, the "MARC of Excellance" award, and the "Raymond H. Matthews" for commercial vehicles at Indianapolis in 2005. At the MARC meet in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2006 the Pickup received 482 points, and at the MAFCA National event in Mansfield, Mass., it garnered First place with 483 points. It received the AACA First Junior Award in Ashville, N.C. He mantains attendance at MARC technical seminars and is actively involved in the pursuit of details and authenticity of the proceedures involved with the production of the Model A Ford and their components.In November 2008 he became a member of the MARC Judging Standards Committee.

 

 

In December 2018 he was invited into the annual Living Legends of Auto Racing communuty in Daytona Beach, Florida, and in February attended the awards banquet, held on the Wednesday prior to the Daytona 500, as a guest. In September of 2019 he received notice that he was to be awarded the Ray Fox Memorial Award at the upcoming 2020 awards banquet. Since 2000 the Ray Fox memorial Award has been given to five recipients previously. They are Buddy Parrott, Don Miller, Mike Curb, Ray Evernham and Mike Beam.

 


Peggy Cronkrite has been an instrumental part of the Mantiques Restoration business from the very start.She is very involved in primary dissassembly, cleaning and does most of the sand blasting and bead blasting.Her input is invaluable in the organization of our parts.
Dave Rumley is a Mechanical Engineer skilled in refrigeration, mechanical design and vibration analysis. He is involved with our computer work, assembly of chassis components and miscellaneous jig and fixture fabrication as well as brake work.
   
Ethan Peil is the newest member of our restoration crew. He is 19 years old and studying for a degree in Civil Engineering. he is a good self starter and a quick learner. His interests are in sheet metal shaping and he has become proficient in welding and using the milling machine and the lathe
 
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