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The man in the red Mazda

By Cody Collins
On September 27, 2017

Noah Repole washes off his prized Mazda. Photo by Cody Collins. 

You may not know who Noah Repole is, but you surely have heard his car.

His red Mazda that cruises around campus throughout the day and night is causing some controversy within the community.

“I want something fast. Growing up I’ve always had a passion for sports cars and honestly it wasn’t that loud when I bought it,” Repole said when asked why his car is so loud.

Castleton senior Shane Hurley, puts his head down and slowly takes off his hat while looking back up when asked his thoughts about Repole’s car.

“It’s not bothering me enough to ask him to stop but I have been stuck behind him before and that’s the worst,” he said.

In addition to the loud exhaust, students say Repole’s car releases this stench similar of a locker room that hasn’t been cleaned for weeks. Hurley’s face slightly turned as he was explaining about the smell of his exhaust.

Nearly every morning at roughly 8 a.m., Repole rolls into campus awakening and angering countless people.

“His car wakes me up every morning. I never knew a car could have such a negative effect on the Castleton community,” said commuter Ed Doton who lives on Main Street.

Another student overheard the interview and jumped in with fury preaching out of his voice.

“I can honestly hear it coming from a mile away,” Owen Tretter said.

Soon a crowd gathered to talk about the hated Mazda. Multiple students are shouting out how much they despise his car and how they wish it would go away.

“Dude, it’s so damn annoying!” said Justin Nolan, clenching his teeth while telling the crowd “my morning bull farts sound better than his car.”

The car has become such a menace on campus even some staff members are speaking up.

“Every time I hear his car I cringe. Why at 8 a.m. do you want to show the world this? There’s a time and place for everything,” said the staff member who asked not to be named.

On multiple occasions, Repole said he has been flipped off and yelled at. But the students might be even more patient than the community members.

“I got chased down the other day on Main Street from a lady at the local farmers’ market,” Repole said.

She was franticly chasing him down with a face as red as a ripe tomato. With a wide grin on his face, Repole said the lady left a strongly worded letter complaining about his vehicle.

When asked if the sound of his vehicle came manufactured or self-built, he said “I bought the car with an aftermarket cat-back exhaust and then did some slight modifications to it myself,” Repole said.

Repole has been contacted with by the police department about potential consequences if he does not silence his car.

“He’s a super nice guy. He gave me another chance and I firmly believe we left on a good note,” Repole says with an ear to ear smile.

He added, however, that he has received two tickets because of the volume his car produces.

“Originally the plan was to put a muffler on it during the winter time, but now it will come much sooner,” he said.

A strongly worded note that was left on Repole's Maza from a Castleton resident complaining about the noise. Photo by Cody Collins. 

Some students on campus seem to support his right to be loud though. As Repole makes his way around campus, he said he sees just as many people cheering him on as flipping him off.

“Honestly, it’s just a car who even cares. My dad has a similar car to his and we have a blast driving around our neighborhood. If you don’t like it then oh well,” said student Brad Pray.

But because of the amount of attention throughout campus, Repole said he fears that someone will take the fury out on his car.

“Personally, I don’t get scared of people touching me, I fear people touching my car. The first thing I would do is go straight to the chief of police,” he said.

Then Repole struck a defiant tone.

    I’m not hurting anyone.

    Don’t flip me off.

    Don’t call the police.

    GET USE TO IT! Repole said with attitude.

But Castleton Police Chief Peter Mantello has a different thought.

“He will learn…Trust Me,” Mantello said.

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