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AUTO BIOGRAPHY: Majernik's '72 El Camino truly a family jewel

Andrew Majernik's 1972 Chevy El Camino has been a longtime family treasure, and he plans to keep it that way.

Majernik's parents relocated their family from Streator to Bloomington-Normal in 1999. But many years prior to that, his grandfather Rudolph had purchased the vehicle brand new from a dealership in Ottawa. Thomas, Majernik's father, took his driver's test in the car his grandmother referred to as "The El Cabong."

After Rudolph passed away, Majernik's uncle Rick drove the car, including using it to haul his Harley-Davidson drag racing bike to various race sites across the Midwest.

"In 2005, I asked my Uncle Rick about the ‘Mino that was sitting outside his former shop in Streator," Majernik said. "He told me that as long as the car stays in the family, that I could have it. So that Thanksgiving weekend, I rented a trailer and hauled the 'Mino to Bloomington. With the help of a close friend, his father and my dad, we spent several months going through the whole car."

The El Camino has just 55,000 original miles on it, and Majernik said he is looking forward to the special miles that the vehicle will cover in the future.  

"Today, I still get to enjoy the car on fair-weather days," Majernik said. "And best of all, I get to take my dad for a Father's Day cruise every year in the car he took his driver's test in.

"I'm now a dad myself to two young boys, and I can't wait to share with them the joy that the car brings to me and my family."

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