From Lordigyan To Charger Steve – The Story Behind The Transformation

Some nicknames just fuse like superglue, for example – Sting, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lorde. One such name is in the world of car enthusiasts – Charger Steve. The pen name of Steve Lordigyan is virtually on every car lover’s tongue. When asked, few could recognize the given name of the man. The story behind the transformation from Lordigyan to ‘Charger Steve’ is as bizarre as Whoopi Goldberg earning her stage name after the popular prank toy known as the Whoopee Cushion.

Steve Lordigyan, born on March 18, 1968 in New York City, is a collector of movie and muscle cars. The very first muscle car he acquired was a 1969 Dodge Charger from a man he came across while visiting a client’s house for his pest control business. As per Steve, the man was more than ready to get rid of the Charger that he had not driven for years. Steve bought the car for a thousand dollars and then revamped it to be a look-alike of the famous “the General Lee” from The Duke of Hazzard television show that first aired on television in the late 70s.

Steve’s nickname came into existence while the car was being re-built. Garage owners would identify Lordigyan as “Charger Steve” on phone calls. The reference was unmistakably to the ’69 Charger. Being easier than his last name the moniker stuck.

Since then, Steve, who moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona at the young age of two, and then moved to Southern California, has acquired vintage cars like the DeLorean time machine from the movie “Back to the Future” (1985) and like the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine. For his real movie car collection, the Chaparral High graduate credits the owner of Cinema Vehicle Services and his friends. Steve expounds that film studios are chock full of vehicles, and he prefers to pick them up before they are listed on auctions.

Steve moved to San Diego, California in 1999, with his then fiancé, after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Arizona State University to start his business, Discount Pest Control. Alongside, to keep fueling his passion for cars, Steve bought a 1914 Ford T-Bucket that he displayed within local car shows.

As of 2018, Charger Steve lives in Ramona, 20 miles from San Diego with his wife of 18 years, Brandy, and a daughter Mercedes Rose (14) and a son Spencer Lee (12). They made the move to accommodate his growing collection of vintage cars.

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