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Coming to America: Czech hot-rodders find their place in the sun

At 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday, in an industrial Southern California suburb a stone's throw from Disneyland, the guttural rumble of a straight-eight thundered ever closer. Stanley Chavik arrived with the squeal of cross-ply tires, climbed out of his replica 1933 Buick Shafer 8 looking like a Viking headed to battle, then cracked a broad, gap-toothed smile.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/magazine-features/coming-to-america-czech-hot-rodders-find-their-place...
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hyperv6
Collector

Europe is chalked full of skilled metal fabricators. Many are just not in a good environment to use them to build cars like these.

The crude ways of the East are now the true craftsman and artist of today.
CitationMan
Gearhead

Welcome home, Chaviks!
Tinkerah
Engineer

So inspiring to see newcomers prosper on their own skills and work ethic. The Chaviks are more "American" than many who were born here.
Retrorider
Pit Crew

Amen to that!
timb0
Intermediate Driver

How about a full story on that stunning black '32?
TransAm-forever
Intermediate Driver

Looks more like a black cherry but I agree - let's see the story on it.
Charlie
Intermediate Driver

GOOD FOR THEM 11
OldFordMan
Advanced Driver

FABULOUS!
FloridaMarty
Instructor

A story like this make me proud to be an American, especially right now. Welcome to the USA my friends.
1stGenCamaros
Intermediate Driver

Love this story! Absolutely fascinated at the skill Stanley exhibits. This family had the desire and drive to make their dreams come true in America, and they did it right. Building a life for themselves
doing what they love while also building a future for their son. Hats off to the Chaviks!!! Best wishes!!!
Hueco
Pit Crew

Saw an article in Octane about them. He built this beautiful Shaffer 8 which is stunning. You can go online to Octane and see the article. I have called and emailed and DAisy is great. Sent me two shirts, not asking for payment. And they were two day delivery to Florida! I sent something back for Christmas for their son. They are amazing people and getting really well known in California. The shop is only a coule of miles from Disneyland and less to the football staduim. Great people.A plus to the country.
okfoz
Advanced Driver

Great story,

That Candy apple red is gorgeous.
SAG
Technician

Mr Foose
likes to use others talent
for his 'credit'.
limoguy
Detailer

Oh, stop. What's the point?
ctclark99
Pit Crew

Gee, did I miss the Shafer 8?
RJ
Detailer

Exactly the kind of immigrants we need. Welcome!
Huntz-Hall
Detailer

Great story & a great success story for a wonderful family.
Please Hagerty run a full story on the Shafer 8 Buick with many pictures.
I'm sure all of the Hagerty members would love seeing it.
We'll be waiting.

I'd say come to Texas before California disapproves of your customizations. I love hard workers who are creative.
MrBill-1943
Advanced Driver

Why is it that those from outside America see all of the possibilities yet many of those born here see nothing but negatives? His quote of "Here, opportunity is for everyone" is why my parents came to America from Czechoslovakia in 1938 and brought up four successful children two of which served, including this Gear Head, who in turn added six more then 2 more great grandchildren all who are successful, contribute and believe in our great country. In these time of strife and disagreement and negative feelings about our history and flag a story like this makes reading Hagerty stories a pleasure. Thank you.
Geok86
Instructor

Those from outside America realize how great freedom is…unfortunately a good deal of “Americans” think that government “providing” for them, aka Socialism, is better…SAD!!

I agree.  My immigrant friends from Nigeria and Venezuela seem to get it better than so many people born here who take it for granted. 

Alimey007
New Driver

Stanley is working on my TR4A IRS, he is a perfectionist and craftsman. Great guy to work with, certainly recommend him to anyone with a desire for top notch work on your classic, custom, or hot Rod.
Hacksaw
Detailer

Great article. Great family, great cor builder.
Hacksaw
Detailer

Cor is foreign for car, or a typo.
Sajeev
Community Manager