Steve and Joanne spent their first 19 years in and around Montgomery, PA. Steve was a “town kid” and Joanne was a “country girl.” Steve’s first car was a 1954 Chevy given to him by his dad. The two married in 1966 and shortly thereafter, Joel was born.
The family moved to Johnstown, OH, in 1968. Steve spent his spare time at National Trails Raceway drag racing his 1968 Chevelle. Their son Perry was born in Ohio, and shortly thereafter, Steve bought his first Corvette, a 1961. The Gruvers moved back to Montgomery in 1976, and not having much free time, Steve sold his ’61 (for which he is still kicking himself).
The Gruvers then moved to Carbondale, PA, and then to Visalia, CA, but had no free time to spend on cars. The next move was to Billings, MT, where Steve acquired 3 of his 4 Corvettes–a ’64, a ’69, and a ’78. The Gruvers also starting “playing” with Yellowstone Region SCCA “bunch.”
In 2007, Steve accepted a new job in Appleton, WI, and the family moved to New London, WI. Steve bought his ’86 Corvette in Wisconsin and Joel purchased his first and second (current) Mini Cooper.
The Gruvers moved back to Billings, MT, in 2011, and Steve claims that Billings is where he will spend the rest of his life. The Gruvers purchased the house that Region member Dwight Gilliland built for his father in Emerald Hills. The house suits the Gruver family perfectly–with one exception–lack of garage space. Steve, Joanne, and Joel are all active autocrossers and never hesitate to pitch in whenever and wherever needed. Welcome back, Gruvers!