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St. Louis Couple Gives $2.5 Million to Fund Veterinary Medicine Scholarships at MU

Couple also donated a motorcycle to be raffled as a fundraiser for scholarships

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill, residents of St. Louis, have made an estate commitment of $2.5 million to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. The gift will create an endowment to support scholarships for veterinary students and will encourage volunteer work among its recipients.

“We are thrilled to be able to give this gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine with the intent that it will support the development of future veterinarians for years to come,” Gary Savill said. “Barbara and I are animal lovers, and we hope this gift will help care for animals around the nation and the world by educating future classes of veterinarians. We also wish to enable students who otherwise would not be able to afford the education and training required to enter this noble profession. Another important aspect of this scholarship is volunteer work; we hope that students who receive this scholarship will be inspired to continue such charitable work throughout their careers.”

The Stampfli-Savill endowment will provide one or more scholarships to cover 50 percent of all tuition and fees each year to students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be shown to students from underrepresented ethnic groups. Students awarded scholarships from the endowment will be required to perform at least 120 hours of animal-related community and volunteer service each year.

light“Providing a top-tier education for our students at an affordable cost is a priority for this university,” MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said. “The Stampfli-Savills’ generous gift will help us further that cause. By helping MU train future leaders in the field of veterinary medicine, they will assist generations of students in achieving their academic and career aspirations as we continue to serve the needs of Missourians.”

The Stampfli-Savills, who had no prior affiliation with MU or the College of Veterinary Medicine, were inspired to give their gift to the college after reading about the philanthropy of other donors.

“We are grateful to Barbara and Gary for their generosity to the college and appreciate their desire to help increase diversity within the veterinary profession,” said Neil Olson, dean of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. “Their additional aim of fostering community service is one we as a college also embrace.”engine2

In addition to their $2.5 million gift, the Stampfli-Savills, who own and operate Silver Wraith Choppers, LLC in St. Louis, have donated a custom-built motorcycle to the College of Veterinary Medicine to be raffled as a part of the college’s annual Gentle Doctor Benefit (GDB). The GDB will be held on April 5 and serves as a fundraiser to support scholarships for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Raffle tickets for the motorcycle are currently on sale. For more information about the motorcycle and to purchase tickets, visit:


“The bike has a Harley-Davidson feel to its ride and look, but with the Springer front end. It harkens back to the classics of the ’70s era, with the real ‘Chopper’ look. Also, it has the seating and rear pegs for a passenger, but looks great as a solo bike.”

-Gary Savill (creator and donor)

The technical specifics of the chopper are as follows:

• 80-cubic-inch Evo Engine, sitting on a rigid frame
• Mikuni carburetor
• 5-speed Rev-Tech transmission
SWClogo2-inch open primary
• Custom-built tank and rear fender
• Copper on black Springer front end
• Chrome 60-spoke wheels
• 240 rear tire
• Chain final drive
• Chrome-finish upper and lower controls
• King/queen seat, with tuck-away passenger pegs.

The artwork for the chopper is inspired by the College mascots: the mule team of Tim and Terry.



Retirement Announcement

TC-SA_Tom Caldwell of OLD GUYS DO RULE RACING is retiring from ownership of his Pro Gas Harley-Davidson program. After racing for some 50 years and Pro Gas/Pro Stock Harleys for the last 28 years, including winning 4 National Championships, the last two of them back to back and being chosen the AMRA 2013 Wrench of the Year,Caldwell‘sAMRA Championship bike has been sold.   Caldwell will be the Maintaining/Tuning and Technical adviser for the new owner.

This is a radical new chapter for Tom as he has lived life ¼ mile at a time for many years. Caldwell says“It will be different watching the bike go down the track with someone else on it permanently but I’ll still will have some skin in the game. We will be testing and will kick off the 2013 season with the AMRA Cajun Blowout, March 29th-30th.

Caldwell, a prime example of an owner/rider/tuner, has worked diligently for many years, running out of his own pocket, like most of the Harley racers. This was all done to attain the winning performance he and his team have enjoyed in 2012 and 2013 winning 10 races, 12 – #1 qualifier positions, and 15 records set in the last two years.

Caldwell says, “The only races I lost in the last two years was the rider’s fault, and not the bikes.” 

What can I say about my collaboration with Steve Allstaedt of SA RACING? He is instrumental in my obtaining these goals. My only wish is that I had met him “SOONER”!!!!Steve and I will still be working together with the new team owner/rider.

To have been the 5th person to run a 7 second pass in AHDRA 120” trim, is one of my most cherished achievements as, only a few have done this. I have raced with so many great people like Simon, Reno, OJ, Junior, Rat, Capone, Thompson, KW, Suber, Hollenbeck, Raudenbush, Beltiamini, Krenik, Maney, Sternotti, E. Lee, Pouge, McNally, Bradford, Mattiolli, Korn, Fitzmaurice, Feazell, Landolina, Hannum, Tommy Sloan, Departure Bike Works and so, so many others.

It has been a privilege to have met so many fans and other competitors all over the world who love to hear a V-Twin roar down the track, and I’ll never forget the exhibition runs at the Mosten Race Day event in Denmark in 1995.

To go out on top makes this somewhat more palatable. Running and winning over Andy Simon,who has won several National Championships himself,  and setting a new ET record of 7.196 in the “FINAL” run of my career and resetting my records was the way to go out!But, Simon has not hung his helmet up quite yet! And not truly wanting to never say never, if an opportunity opens itself up and works for me;  you could see the OLD man still doing his thing!

I have raced something for 50 years but, it is time. It will not be easy to not feel the acceleration and to shift my bike into high gear and sail through the traps! To achieve what so many desire and strive for is a privilege,  a hard earned one.

But, the OLD MAN is HAPPY!1383790_10151984900041392_698167932_n[2]

I have so many people over the years to thank for their friendship and support, below are a few:

First is Mary Lou Brewton the hardest working advocate for all Harley drag racing.

Dana Eckhardt, Craig Cochran, Tim Ford who traveled the circuit each crewing for several years, Steve Allstaedt,  Ray Matlock, Robert Minge of Robert’s Machine & Welding, Randy at Southern Biker Magazine, S&S Cycle, Red Line Oil, Energy One Clutches, MTC, JIMS USA, Trammel Creek Cycle Works, the AMRA, AHDRA, ECRA, IDBA and so many more.

Tom Caldwell/OLD GUYS DO RULE RACING  or Tom Caldwell on Facebook


Ricky Carmichael Signature Design Course for Daytona Supercross

DSX1Fans of the popular Supercross racing series that are heading to the “Daytona Supercross By Honda” on Saturday night March 8th , will find a new Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course for the racers to navigate. The legendary rider; who retired from Supercross in 2007 with 15 AMA championships, 150 wins, and 5 Daytona Supercross championships; is serving as the course designer for the 7th straight year.

“It’s really special to be able to be associated with Daytona International Speedway,” Carmichael said as he walked the course on Thursday. “I love this place, I really do. Five-time winner and my heart is here. I’m a Florida native. It’s an honor to be affiliated with Daytona, and to have the chance to design this track is special. I take it seriously and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”DSX2

This year’s starting gate will remain on pit road giving race fans a great view of the first turn as riders try to conquer 40 jumps and 2 whoop sections over the 3,290 foot course. Daytona International Speedway has been home to the original Supercross since 1971. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the “Daytona Supercross By Honda” include Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath, Carmichael and Ryan Villopoto, who has won 3 of the last 4 years.

“I think that what makes this track cool as opposed to other Supercross tracks is that it is somewhat of an outdoor track,” Carmichael said. “It has a lot of those kinds of obstacles. (It’s) real sandy and not as congested, but way rougher than a traditional Supercross track. This is really where you see who is tough and who isn’t. That’s what’s so cool. There’s a lot of history behind this Supercross race and it’s just very prestigious because of those factors of it being rougher and really the toughest track on the circuit.”

The construction took about 500 man-hours over 2 days as workers used 1 crawler, 1 front loader and 2 skid steers are used to move the dirt as 8 trucks transported 264 truck loads (5,000 tons) of dirt into the Speedway to build the 40 jumps and 2 whoop sections on the 3,290 foot Supercross course. In addition to installing 450 tuff blocks with Honda covers around the course for safety.

DSX3On Sunday and Monday in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. For more information on the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, visit For more information and tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, visit  or call 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting

Source and images: Daytona International Speedway
Posted by Sam Kanish

Keeping Up With Rick

rickfKeeping up with Rick,


Reader of IronWorks in the past will recall Rick Fairless’s regular column in that magazine. Approachable and entertaining, Rick’s articles always brought response.


As this stream of recent messages shows, they still do, even after IronWorks has ended and Rick has moved on.



I was just going through some old mags trying to forget about all this damn snow we’ve had in NYC this winter and I saw your introductory column. It reminded what I like about you…that and the tie-dye of course. Hopefully you’ll find another mag to write for. In the meantime I’ll keep going through old mags trying to remember what warm weather was like.

Ed Gruber



Hey Ed, thanks for the kind words. Sorry about the snow, we are in the 70’s for Friday & Saturday. I actually just started writing for American Iron’s MOTORCYCLE BAGGER magazine. They said my first issue hits the news stands May 20. I hope you like that magazine too. On behalf of my pal Marilyn Stemp & myself I want to thank you for taking the time to read IronWorks magazine. Come visit me in Dallas sometime. 

Thanks for the email Ed.




I’ll definitely be on the lookout for that issue. Been out of work for 2 1/2 years so no road trips in my future. Had to sell both bikes and my car to stay indoors. I believe that this is the year the Lord “will restore what the locust has eaten” so another bike will hopefully be in my future. I always wanted to ride through Texas. When I do I’ll stop in at the Fairless Estate for a cold beverage and some new tie-dye. My wife finally got me to throw out my last shirt because of the Swiss cheese look it had acquired. I thought it added character but she thought it made me look homeless. Happy wife happy life won that battle. May God bless and prosper you brother.



Good luck to you Ed & I hope you get back on your feet soon!
Cya Ed.



Rick Fairless
Strokers Dallas