Background on Ron Adams...
Hello! Welcome to Ron's Rad Rides! Now that I have turned 66, and by my own admission am now considered officially "old" by most generations, I am very lucky. I feel good and most people guess me younger than that, so guess it's OK with me! I never REALLY want to grow up anyway, and I believe you're only as old as you think you are. Other than dealing with the occasional aches and pains that the physical body loves to throw at you from time to time, I do believe that "state of mind" is more important than "state of body", when it comes to gettin' old, so having said that, I've decided I'm 45. FOREVER..!!
Even though for 37 years, we lived in the Sioux Falls, SD vicinity, we recently relocated to Big Lake, MN to be closer to our children and grandchildren who live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area.
My eldest son is a Corporate Operations Engineer for Google and resides in Zurich, Switzerland. He earned his degree from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Electrical Engineering and Applied Science. Caltech is located in Pasadena, California. He and his wife, a very fine lady with her Doctorate in Engineering as well, have two of my granchildren. The oldest is a boy who will probably be an Engineer like his parents - at least he sure loves everything technical and creative, and is already a very good artist. The second child is a girl, who is just a precocious and wonderful free spirit!
My second son is the IT Manager for Galil Medical located in Arden Hills, Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota. He and his lovely wife who is in Accounting, are the parents of my first grandchild, a girl, who just turned 9 years old recently. Wow, how time flies! She is just an AWESOME young lady! They also have two wonderful boys who are about 5 years old and 2 years old. It is so awesome to be only 1/2 hour away now, so obviously we visit often!
My third and youngest is a girl, who attained a degree in Anthropology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also studied at the University of the South Pacific in the Fiji Islands, focusing on cultural history and geography. She is employed by the Hennipin County Sheriff's Department in Minneapolis, MN as a Crime Analyst. Her "child" is a Schnauzer mix pooch she adopted, whom she loves dearly!
My wonderful wife of 40 years, is a Direct Support Professional at a Day Care Program Facility in Maple Grove, MN. She has been in the same career for nearly 30 years!
Oh.., I was supposed to be talking about myself. Sorry, I’m just very proud of my family and they are the most important part of my life, so the reality is, they are a very integral part of this “About Me” page.
Fisrt of all, I am a true “car guy” at heart. I think it all started when I was about 3 years old and I received my first toy car from my parents as a gift for my birthday. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world..! And.., the funny thing of it is, I still get that same feeling about a lot of the vehicles I have owned and/or sold. I think you are born with the “affliction” or you’re not, and I don’t think there is any fighting it.
I started owning and eventually selling sporty and muscle cars at the age of about 18. And.., it has continued since then. I have owned so many nice vehicles/motorcycles, that I have lost track a long time ago.
I attended Andrews University at Berrien Springs, Michigan, and two years later, I attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, until I came within about a half semester of earning my degree. I had enough credits for my major and just needed a few more electoral classes, but never finished.
Ah.., the things we do when we are young..! I don’t know if attaining my degree would have changed much in my life, but I still regret not doing it..!
While owning and being involved in another business in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I would purchase a vehicle or two and play around with it and then eventually resell it when I got bored or thought I could make a little money. Eventually, it escalated to owning about 10 cars at a time, until I finally realized that these special vehicles I was owning and selling, was what I really enjoyed doing and the other job was just work. With no fun involved..!
A couple years later, I moved my business into an all-indoor 11,000 square foot 80 year old historic building which I completely remodeled, and operated the first of that kind of store in about a 400 miles radius, and sold my vehicles primarily through specialty car magazines. (Deals On Wheels, etc.) Most of my vehicles were sold over the phone and shipped via transport. The customers paid in full before the vehicles left my dealership. The first time they would see them in person, was when the transport would pull up in front of their house and unload their new purchase. (That, of course, was before the internet or digital cameras existed, and the only way they saw the vehicle was with a group of pictures or a video that I sent out. I found very quickly, that if you are honest with people and treat them how you would want to be treated, they will trust you, and everything works out just fine.)
I had a large U.S. map mounted on the wall in my lobby with a big pin stuck in Sioux Falls, and every time I sold a vehicle out of town I would put a small tack in that town and state and wind a piece of thread between the pin and tack. It wasn’t long before that map looked like a huge spider web..! My vehicles were sold throughout the continental United States, Canada, Mexico and even Alaska.
My reputation for being knowledgeable and honest, and having very nice vehicles spread quickly, and soon I was doing a lot of appraisals for banks, insurance companies, estates, and private individuals. Unfortunately, due to a number of different reasons, I closed that store, and now that glorious old quartzite building has been torn down and turned into a parking lot for a restaurant/bar/comedy club. Progress..!
I was a Sales Manager, Finance Manager, and Branch Store Manager for one of the largest Ford dealerships in the Midwest for about 4 years. I then took a Sales/Finance Manager position for a specialty car dealership and once again, sold vehicles all over the U.S., except now, it was with digital pictures and the internet..! What a difference from the old days..!
I held that job for about 4 years until I resigned in November of 2004, to do WHAT I REALLY WANTED TO DO.., and that is what I am doing now..! Marketing hand-picked muscle, classic, sports cars, convertibles and Harleys on the internet..!
I guess once you turn 50, you tend to look at life a little differently. At least I did. I just decided it was time to do exactly what I really enjoyed doing, and that was finding an exceptional vehicle, taking excellent high resolution pictures, and putting a very thorough description together about it. Then, once the entire package of pictures and description is completed, posting it on the various sites on the net and my website, so the person looking for that special "one and only" vehicle would be able to find it..! And you know what.., that is the most fun for me..! Seeing that classic/muscle or Harley go to its new home where it is going to really be enjoyed, admired, and appreciated..!
Can you call this a job..? I don't..! I call this working for fun..!
Ron's Rad Rides...
The business focus is the marketing of hand-picked muscle, classic, sports, convertibles and Harleys on the internet. I also sell locally, but the internet is the primary market. You will find these vehicles/bikes to be in exceptional condition and generally very well documented.
Fair pricing is also very important. Just quality vehicles/bikes being sold at a reasonable dollar amount, relevant to their options, uniqueness, rarity and condition..!
Sold vehicle transportation services are available if needed, and I own both an enclosed car trailer and motorcycle trailer. If you live fairly close and need transportation of your new purchase, the delivery may be included in the total purchase at no additional charge.
This is not meant to guarantee or suggest you will receive free delivery of your vehicle purchase, but it is a possibility, given the right circumstances.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Here is a pic of myself and the "boss", my wife Char of 38 years..!!
Hey, you guys ever heard the old saying "Happy Wife - Happy Life"?
Well how 'bout this old saying..? "Trust the Old Man, he's got the Right Plan"..! (So far that one's been falling on deaf ears.) I keep trying though...
It takes a LOT of compromising to hang together for over 35 years. You guys that have made it that far know EXACTLY what I mean! And..,it sure takes the right woman. But, if she's the right one, and willing to put up with all of the crazy things a guy does, it's worth it, right? You bet!
You have a great day! and don't forget to ENJOY YOURSELF! You never know when your health could fail, or something else could happen to drastically change your life, so keep working on that "Bucket List"! (You know what I mean...) And, spend time with your FRIENDS & FAMILY! But, most of all, just take the time to savor life in whatever way works the best for you!
Thanks and HAPPY SHOPPING!
Here are some family Photos you might enjoy...
Yes, I'm very lucky - have a wonderful family..!!