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Meet the Mentors

Our volunteer mentors teach the Speedster Class students skills in automotive mechanics, metal fabricating, woodworking, spray painting, automotive electrical, metal casting and foundry work, upholstery, safety, teamwork and car show etiquette.

Jack Adams

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Speedster mentor Jack Adams was born in Dearborn, Michigan and raised in Allen Park, Michigan.  During high school / college Jack worked his summers in a Model T production plant for Henry Ford. After attending the University of Michigan and later the University of Oregon, he worked as a high school math teacher. While in Eugene he met his wife Missy after selling her a 3-speed bike. Jack has two children Michael 38, a Film Production worker, in Los Angeles, and Ted 36, a high school counselor in Portland. Jack enjoys collecting old cars and memorabilia. His favorite food is Curry Beef, TV show Michigan Football, actor Steve McQueen, and sport is tennis.

Don Blain

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Speedster mentor Don Blain was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Don has been a mechanic all his adult life. While in the military, he worked on aircraft engines and then after returning to civilian life became a heavy equipment mechanic. He met his wife Joanne Lou through a friend while in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children, Robin, Terri Rae, Brian, Lori, and Jeffrey. Eight grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. Don’s hobbies are collecting antique cars and coining’s. Mexican is his favorite food, shows on the history channel favorite TV, Bob Steele actor, football and car racing favorite sports. Don is one of the original mentors who started the Speedster program 12 years ago.

Arlen Buck

Arlen-Buck

Mentor Arlen Buck was born and raised in Salem where his is currently retired from the upholstery business. Arlen met his wife Debra while living across the street from each other here in Salem. He has two children (Jim and Griffen) and one grandchild Kiara. Arlen’s hobbies are cars and photography. His favorite food is steak & potatoes, favorite TV show Alaska, actor Kurt Russell, and sport Motocross.

Jim Hayes

Jim-Hayes

Mentor Jim Hayes was born in Newberg, Oregon and raised in Hillsboro. Jim is currently retired after working eight years in Juvenile Corrections, 11 years for Child Welfare, and 18 as a Data Analyst. He met his wife Nancy while volunteering in Newberg at an elementary school. Jim has three children and 13 grandchildren. His hobbies are photography and camping. Favorite food is fish.

Steve Johnson

Steve-Johnson

Steve Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of the NW Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum. He was born in San Diego, CA and raised in Newport Beach, CA. Before retiring, he spent many years as a racing teacher for NASCAR, Indy 500, and MX Super Cross.  Steve has three grown Ryan 41, Neal 39, Jenna 31 and three grandchildren Charlie 5, Tillie 3, Max 2. His favorite food is Mexican, TV show is MASH, actor is Capt. Pierce, and football is his favorite sport.

Ken Logan

Ken-Logan

Mentor Ken Logan was born and raised in Glendale, California. He is semi-retired from I.T.T. (International Telephone and Telegraph) where he was a Vice President. Three days a week he works as a driver for Enterprise Rental-A-Car. For the past 11 years, Ken has been faithfully driving students to and from Speedsters. In 1953 he purchased and began driving his own dragster. Then in 1956 Ken took it to the next level, he built and began driving Bonneville Salt Flat dragsters.

Dave Mulheron

Dave-Muhlheron

Speedster mentor Dave Mulheron was born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana. Before retiring Dave worked in a Lumber Yard, Plywood Mill, Rare Metals plant, and was a millwright. Dave married Gwendolyn Boswell, who lived across the street from him while growing up in Vincennes. He has two children: Matt 55 and Cynthia  53. Old cars and cutting grass are Dave’s hobbies. Favorite food is pie and ice cream, TV show is anything on cable channels (no ads), Morgan Freeman is his favorite actor and, the Indy 500 is Dave’s favorite sport.

Pat Patterson

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Mentor Pat Patterson was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He worked for Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) where he was a Software Developer and later a Supervisor. Now retired, Pat met his wife Stephanie in 1981 while attending Shasta College in Redding, California. Model Trains and steam tractors are his hobbies.

Bob Pipkin

Bob-Pipkin

Mentor William “Bob” Pipkin is a retired Property Appraiser who was born in Oklahoma and raised in Oregon. Bob has two children: (Charisse a CNA in Montana and Carmelle a teacher in Vancouver). He also has six grandchildren (Ian 35, Jake 33, Ashley 31, Amelia 10, Abby 8, and Caleb 7). During his spare time Bob enjoys birding, traveling, and restoring old cars. His favorite food is Mexican, TV show is Jeapordy, actor is Tom Hanks, and Drag Racing is his favorite sport.

Robert Rhines

Robert-Rhines

Speedster mentor Robert Rhines was born in Toledo, Oregon and raised in Amity, Oregon. Before retiring, Robert worked as a professional truck driver. He met his wife Chris here in Salem and does not have children. His hobby is building, working on and driving dragsters. Roberts’ favorite food is steak, favorite actor John Wayne, and sport is basketball.

Jake Taasevigen

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Mentor Jake Taasevigen was born in Wheeler, Montana and raised in six other states (North Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Oregon, and Washington. Prior to retiring Jake was an electrician in the US Navy, worked for Arco Electronics, and the US Dept. of Energy. He and his wife Esther have three grown children (Lynn in Canby, Eric in Molalla, and Jacob in Newberg). Jake also has six grandchildren (Joshua 27, Brad 21, Grace 18, Keith 17, Steven 16, and Henry 10). During his spare time Jake enjoys working on old Fords and woodcarving.

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