Meet Dave Kelley, the Manistee County man known for his classic car collection – Manistee News Advocate

Meet Dave Kelley, the Manistee County man known for his classic car collection – Manistee News Advocate

Driving and classic cars have been a big part of Dave Kelley’s life. He’s a driver for Manistee County Dial-A-Ride and is well known for his classic car collection. 

That collection took a huge hit in 2013 when the building where he stored the cars burned – costing him 10 of his beauties.

Driving and classic cars have been a big part of Dave Kelley’s life. He’s a driver for Manistee County Dial-A-Ride and is well known for his classic car collection. 

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“It’s been a struggle to start over,” he said. “I do have a new garage over near Morton Salt and now have three cars. We bought a Corvette to replace my dad’s that burned, and also have a 1968 Dodge Charger and 1970 Plymouth Road Runner.”

Kelley said the rising cost of classic cars has almost forced him out of that hobby. 

“I do still try,” he said. “The Charger is in Nebraska right now being restored and painted and the Road Runner is a real project.”

Kelley grew up on Ninth Street and now lives in the house his grandparents owned on Sixth Street. The movie “Miracle on 34th Street” is his favorite because he used to watch it with his grandparents. 

Kelley’s interest in cars developed thanks to Ninth Street neighbor Dean Kruse, who was in charge of the Manistee vocational automotive program. 

“When I was a kid I’d walk over to Dean’s house where his students would come over after school to work on their cars,” Kelley said. “And my dad was always tinkering with his Corvette – so cars have been right there in front of me all the time.”

Kelley eventually enrolled in and completed the Manistee High School automotive program.

“I think it’s the only class I ever got an A in,” he said. 

One Christmas tradition Kelley remembers is going with the family to Trinity Lutheran Church to pick out a Christmas tree. 

“As I got a little older I would try to decorate outside,” he said. “I always wanted lights outside. I still do. Matter of fact I’m decorating my tree right now – including hanging some of grandma’s decorations.”

When he was younger Kelley would walk or bike from Ninth Street to Sixth Street to see his grandparents. Now he travels from Sixth to Ninth to the home of his parents  — Kathy and Pat Kelley — for Christmas.

Through the years as a Dial-A-Ride driver he’s …….

Source: https://www.manisteenews.com/insider/article/Meet-Dave-Kelley-the-Manistee-County-man-known-16710874.php

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