Robert Gallery Oakland Raiders
1966 Lincoln Continental (Robert's rating: 6 on a scale of 1 to 10),
2009 Ford F-250 (rating: 10)
1966 Lincoln Continental convertible (rating: 7),
1955 Ford F-100 pickup (rating: 8),
1954 Cadillac Coupe Deville (rating: 11)
Favorite road trip:
Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
Car he learned to drive in:
1984 Ford F-150
First car bought:
1984 Buick LeSabre
When he is not on the football field, Oakland Raiders' left guard Robert Gallery is either tinkering with his classic cars or entering them in car shows around California.
Gallery is from America's heartland, so when he buys a new set of wheels, it is always American. At 6 ft 7, his daily driver is either the 2009 Ford F-250 or the 1966 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors.
2009 Ford F-250
Gallery bought a 2004 Avalanche right before he became the second pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, after Eli Manning, but he sold that to buy the F-250. While it's great for hauling things around, he particularly loves the roominess. "For me, it's the room inside for a big guy, just the comfort level in those is beyond anything I've ever ridden," Gallery points out. "A guy my size can sit behind me when I'm driving and have kneeroom, and I've never owned a vehicle like that. Overall, it's awesome."
It's also the truck Gallery uses to chauffeur his Raider teammates when they want to grab a bite to eat after a workout. "We can pile three guys in the back, two in the front buckets, and it's comfortable, whereas you can't do that in any other car I've owned."
1955 Ford F-100
Gallery bought this pickup two years ago, in yet another vehicle that transports him back in time -- and back to when people drove without power steering. Almost everything is original, except it has a larger engine, a 351 Windsor. The automatic tranny is a modern floor shifter, instead of a three-on-a-tree. "I put different wheels on it, but it's pretty much a stock truck besides the engine, so it's got no power steering, replica-original steering wheel, original frame and drum brakes. I found it cheap. It was exactly what I wanted -- a stock appearance and stock drivetrain."
Growing up on a farm in Iowa, Gallery is used to driving a truck without power steering. "It's different out here in freeway traffic and moving around parking lots, but that was the cool factor of it," he says. "It's like it was back in the day when it was made. It's a cool cruising truck to take out to dinner and cruise down the coast in the summer."