The dream of driving a car with 662 horsepower, capable of reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour is a reality, thanks in part to Attica native Bryan Hoy.
Hoy is a 1987 Twin Cedars High School alumnus. While back in town for a class reunion, Hoy, a Product Development Engineer for the Ford Motor Company’s Powertrain Special Vehicle Team, entertained a group of nearly 30 Mustang enthusiasts in Pella, sharing stories of the great things the 2013 Shelby is capable of.
“I’ve always been a car guy,” Hoy said. He grew upon a farm, one in which equipment would occasionally require some engine work, which he would perform himself. As he grew up, Hoy began working on other vehicles, including a race car he once drove at the Knoxville Raceway.
Hoy attended Iowa State University, along with his high school sweetheart, Sherri (daughter of Roger Westra of Pella). The two were married in Ames and now have three children.
He first went to work for Ford in 2000 in the engine manufacturing department. In 2007, he moved into product development, before being laid off in 2008. His layoff, which he learned about shortly after the tornado hit his family’s farm in Attica, lasted for 18 months. In that time, he performed some freelance work. Overall, he and Sherri got by on savings and her pay as a Microsoft employee. The conservative upbringing he received in Marion County helped them out financially.
While he was unemployed, he heard about an opening on the Special Vehicle Team at Ford. He called a friend to see about applying for the job, only to find out his friend was the one who would be replaced.
“He said, ‘I know all about it, because that’s my job,’” Hoy recalls. He was brought in on a contract, then rehired to full-time status after six months.