David Chewning

I became interested in cars at a very young age. At 13 years old I was the youngest person in the state of Virginia to obtain a work permit to work in an automotive services station part time after school. I grew-up working at Locke’s Texaco on Forest Avenue in Richmond, VA.

I obtained my primary education in the Henrico County school system and attended:

Tuckahoe Elementary (Principal Babgby and Vice Principal Manny)

Harry F. Byrd Middle School

Douglas Southall Freeman High School (Principal Richard B. Anthony) - 1982

Junior and Senior years of High School cemented my love for the old muscle cars when we would cruise Broad Street in Richmond, VA on Friday and Saturday nights. My best friend at the time had a 1968 GMC pick-up truck with 302 Cubic Inch V6.

At 19 I moved to Virginia Beach, VA to attend a year at an automotive and diesel school. During that time I worked at an Exxon carcare center on Virginia Beach Boulevard very close to the beach, honing my skills as a master mechanic. That was my time of being a carefree young man with money in my pockets, and no parental guidance. Lucky for me I did have an Aunt and Uncle nearby that I could visit when I felt homesick.

At 21 I moved to Waco, Texas to open my own automotive repair shop, Quality Automotive. Although it was only an old two bay shop that was previously a Texaco station I learned a lot about business and a lot about friendship in that shop.

In November of 1988 tragedy struck and I crushed my C5 and C6 vertebras in my neck. This left me a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. I then went back to college and graduated from Baylor University on a presidential scholarship from Baylor President Herbert H. Reynolds with a bachelor degree in Computer Science. I have now worked in the computer security industry for over 18 years.

In 2013 I became interested in photography thanks to my friend Ron McCarty. Photography allows me to escape back to a magical part of my life when I was 9 years old. A time of innocence, where I didn’t have a care in the world. I felt indestructible and on top of the world. Wrapped in my own little cocoon where no one else’s opinion could be heard or would have mattered.

It is my sincerest hope that in the images I have in my gallery you too can escape back to your time of innocence, where things were perfect and pure. Please feel free to write to me through my contact page. I would enjoy hearing from you.

David Chewning

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