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Dr. Nathan Inzerillo, muscle car enthusiast: ‘You can’t take the kid out of the muscle’

A smile lit up Nathan Inzerillo’s face as soon as he seated himself inside his 1969 Camaro. Inzerillo has kindled an old love for muscle cars and says he especially loves overhauling old engines. (Photo by Liz Johnson/Richmond News)

A smile lit up Nathan Inzerillo’s face as soon as he seated himself inside his 1969 Camaro. Inzerillo has kindled an old love for muscle cars and says he especially loves overhauling old engines. (Photo by Liz Johnson/Richmond News)

By Liz Johnson/Staff Writer

Just about everyone in Ray County knows him as Dr. Nathan Inzerillo. He’s delivered a large quantity of the county’s children and has been the physician to hundreds of locals. What most folks do not know about Inzerillo is that he is a car aficionado.

Car enthusiasts are more commonly nicknamed “gearhead” or “motorhead,” which represents those who are into buying old, beat-up vehicles and restoring them. Motorheads understand that the love of cars never goes away once it’s instilled in the mind.

“I used to do it when I was 16 through 18,” he said. “I tinkered with all those cars and wish I had them now.”

Inzerillo’s early cars were from the mid-1950s: ’55 Chevy, ’56 Chevy convertible and a ’57 Chevy convertible. He also had an early Crown Victoria.

“I’ve had lots of cars,” Inzerillo said. “I used to have to park the ’57 Chevy at the top of a hill to jump start it … it was fast, though, once it got going.

“I drove all kinds of junk in my teens. I couldn’t afford to drive anything nice. If I wanted to go somewhere, I got down on the floor and fixed what needed fixing and off I went.”

Born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., Inzerillo came to Richmond as a physician in 1978. He previously worked as a pharmacist for a year before deciding to enter medical school.

“I decided to switch careers because everybody asked the pharmacist what to do (about medical situations), and I figured I needed to know what to do,” he said.

After finishing medical school, Inzerillo came to Richmond and bought Dr. Franklin Crozier’s practice.

Inzerillo has only been restoring cars for the last five years. He previously sought relief from his physician’s duties by sailing and diving.

“I’m too old to do that now,” he said. “I was kind of bored (five years ago) and I bought an old Cutlass convertible and restored it.”

Inzerillo’s pride and joy is his black 1969 Camaro. It has a pro-touring Corvette LS3 engine with an automatic transmission, rack and pinion steering and custom wheels. The engine is a 6.2 liter, high performance racing engine and described by Chevrolet as “a fantastic combination of high technology and uncompromising performance.”

“There’s nothing that’s not in that car,” he said. “I had lots of help restoring it.”

The complete story is in the Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 Richmond News.

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