Marilyn holds a journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University. Her daily gig includes dotting the tees and crossing the “I’s” of the collective ensemble. Marilyn currently serves as IW’s editor, after spending 21 years working behind the scenes in various and sundry capacities. At least she thinks she’s been working behind the scenes—the reality is that everyone in the industry knows her. Marilyn has been with IronWorks since its inception in 1989 and used to ride shot-gun with her late husband, founding Editor Dennis Stemp. She has since obtained both a used Sporty and a license to operate it. Plans are to restore a raggy little 1954 Flathead that’s currently little more than a collection of mis-matched parts, with lots of blanks to be filled in, so don’t look for a story on this one too soon. But when it’s finished, you can bet the rods will be in the proper places. Marilyn lives in WInston-Salem, NC.
I’m just a good old boy who loves to ride motorcycles. Back in 1971 I bought an old police Servi-Car to ride to work and ever since I’ve wanted to ride to see what was over the hill or around the next curve. Besides that old Flatty I’ve owned and ridden a Sporty, Pans, a Knuckle, Evos, a Twin Cam and even a SS350 Sprint. Way back when I rode with a local club for a couple years. Unlike some of my friends I never became a 1 per center and luckily stayed out of trouble.
Pointing the front wheels of those bikes down the road for the past 37 years has me heading towards the three quarter million mile mark. Not bad for a guy who’s had to put 40 hours a week in a couple different factories all those years. Yeah I’ve strictly been a blue collar guy all my life.
I’m a rider who writes, not a writer who rides. Besides IronWorks magazine I’ve contributed to Cycle Source and The Keystone Motorcyle Press. I’ve ridden a lot of miles, been a lot of places and met a lot of people. I hope to do more of each because I haven’t been everywhere and done all of that, yet.
Vincent Stemp, IW’s Tech and Trends Editor, didn’t come across his last name by accident. He’s the son of founding editor Dennis Stemp and current editor Marilyn Stemp. Maybe it runs in the family, huh? He’s in the last stage of earning a degree in Journalism from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, where he lives. He has been responsible for compiling IW’s comprehensive buyer’s guides for several years and also worked at Flying Circus British Cars in Durham, NC while attending college. The gearhead streak runs deep. You’ll see Vincent’s name attached to more feature bike stories as time goes on. Expect to see him covering events, too, meeting the people who knew his father—and put up with his mother.
If it’s American, has two wheels, and was built prior to 1950, Siegal has either researched, rode or written about it. “Walking Text Book” Margie has been Vintage Editor on IronWorks since day one, with her regular feature, Seasoned Citizens. Siegal is also a frequent contributor to American Motorcyclist magazines.
Originally from Queens, NY, Siegal now resides in sunny Oakland, Calif. Her specialty is searching for (and finding) the details on American bikes that were built when your grandfather was in high school. Count on Margie for technical accuracy and a unique sensitivity when it comes to the people and machines that established motorcycling in America.