Conestogo Motors was founded in 2000 in Claremore, Oklahoma by Steve Mank.
Steve hails from Conestogo, Ontario, CANADA. He is the owner/lead mechanic and has over 30 years experience in EVERY area involved in the automotive building and finishing world!!!’
Just a brief history...
Steve has been working on cars since he was 15/16 years of age. He came upon it honestly & must have inherited it from his Father. He built his first complete vehicle at age 19/20. It was a 1947 Ford Pickup. The '47 Ford pickup was pretty basic build with a 302 Ford small block, 9" Ford rear axle , a C-4 Automatic trans and no luxury items. Just a great old truck which he would love to have back!!!
He then started working with friends Fred & Denny at Lloyd Bros. Off Road Center in Waterville, Ohio. Fred Lloyd is probably the MOST knowledgeable mechanic he has ever known. Mank worked at their shop all through the '80's doing everything from sweeping the floor to working on special projects. In the mid '80's, Steve wanted to become a show car judge in the ISCA, Super Chevy & several other associations. Chris Dixon from Wounded Knee Motors in Toledo, Ohio
helped Steve get started judging. He judged ISCA & Super Chevy shows up until the early 2000's. Steve also worked with Chris at his shop during this time, as well as other projects involving custom car builder & show producer, Carl Casper.
In 1989, what Steve called his "dream job" came along! He was asked to be one of the builders on the team to build the cars for the "Batman" & "Batman Returns" movies with Chris Dixon at Wounded Knee Motors. That opportunity lasted for many years & has turned into many other opportunities because of the exposure & travel involved with these projects. His boss at Show Cars inc., Harold (Chub) Lorah was one of Mank's closest friends & mentors because of all the opportunities he had trusted Steve with in the industry.
Steve is very lucky to call guys like Chip Foose, Troy Ladd, Gene Winfield, Darryl Starbird, Carl Casper and so many others as friends!
Now a days Steve is content to work at home in his shop & travel when he wants because of the great friendships he has in the custom automotive world!
One of the great opportunities that came along a few years ago was to volunteer on a tv show on SpikeTV called "Search & Restore". This brought the next "dream job" to Mank as he became the co-host on "Musclecar"! Owned by RTM Productions the Powerblock is home to many great automotive shows.
Thank you to Everyone who has been a part of our life in the custom car world!!! We can't wait for the NEXT GREAT adventure!!!!!