Real Wheels: Low-rider pushes Stan’s buttons

LIMA – When you get right down to it, Stan Sciranka could give two hoots and a holler about the power and roar coming from underneath the hood of a muscle car.

Oh, he’ll turn his head when he hears the rumble from a nearby street machine. And he appreciates the many car enthusiasts who do somersaults over such a thing. He’s just not one of them.

Instead, it is the creativity and the memories created by a car that shift Sciranka’s gears. He has found that in two Chevrolets he owns: a 1960 Impala and a 1961 Parkwood station wagon.

Both are low riders and have been pure fun.

The Impala is coming off a year in which it turned heads at car shows. It received a second-place award for Best of Show at the Charity Car Show held at Apollo Career Center in July. In October, it was among the many cars attracting onlookers at the Fallen Car Guys Memorial show held at Tom’s Auto Detailing on Shawnee Road.

When Sciranka purchased the Impala 16 years ago, it was a stationary low rider. He used an air-ride package by Ridetech to develop a system that can raise or lower the car by simply pushing a button underneath its dashboard.

“My wife (Kim) not only likes the way the Impala looks, but the ease of getting in and out of it, unlike my 4×4 truck,” Sciranka said.

His 1961 Parkwood station wagon takes him on a tour down memory lane. Sciranka is reminded of the days as a youth when his parents, George and Carol Sciranka, would pile their five children into their station wagon and off they would go.

“It wasn’t so much where we ended up that mattered, it was the ‘getting there’ that was fun,” Sciranka said.

He and Kim are keeping that tradition alive with their five grandchildren.

“One of the boys likes riding in the Impala the most and the other boy likes the wagon,” Sciranka said. “ The three granddaughters don’t really care.”


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