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Car club member earns scholarship

Car club member earns scholarship

December 1st, 2013 in News

Clayton White, a member of the Mid-Mo Old Car Club, is the first to receive the club's $1,000 scholarship.

RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. - He's likely the youngest member of the Mid-Mo Old Car Club. And he's certainly the first to receive the club's $1,000 scholarship.

Clayton White is in his third year at Linn State Technical College, earning two associate's degrees in design and drafting.

Looking ahead to a career, the Russellville High School graduate hopes to work in civil construction.

The downside to that is he likely will have to move away from Mid-Missouri and his hobby.

"We've had old cars as long as I can remember," White said.

His father, Troy, operated a muffler shop in Eldon, so the family built a reputation for fixing cars.

So in addition to working on hiss 1972 Chevrolet pickup and his dad's 1963 Impala, the family shop often has a vehicle or two from friends and neighbors, too.

White said he enjoys the end result of seeing a broken body fixed and repainted or rebuilt motor run again.

"I like being in the shop with my dad; those are memories I'm going to have forever," White said.

The White family, which includes mom Stacy, often buys old cars, sometimes to fix up and other times for parts.

Because it's a hobby, fixing cars likely will never become boring, White said.

When White's dad joined the Mid-Mo Old Car Club a few years ago, so did the younger White.

But when Clayton left for Linn State, he missed the monthly meetings.

"It's a great club," White said. "Everyone there is older; I like sitting around talking to them. They have a ton more experience than I have."

Accompanying photo: Clayton White