Many small communities have champions that give much of themselves to make their hometown a little better and in Chesterhill Little Ronnie is one of them.
Mayle is known throughout the area as a successful Dirt-Late-Model, Stock Car driver but locally, people know him as a village councilman, business owner and friend who will do all he can to help a neighbor in need.
Ron’s Auto and Convenience Store began over 25 years ago as an auto detailing shop shared with his brothers. Over the years, it morphed into an auto repair shop to now, mostly a tire shop and convenience store.
Mayle’s mother, Beverly, runs the deli and said the store is a popular stop for bikers traveling the Route 555 corridor. “They purchase food, soft drinks, candy and stuff like that,” she said. “And we’ve fixed their tires or if their chain comes off, he’s fixed it.”
You will find Mayle the first Monday evening of each month serving his community as a village council member. “He’s extremely careful and thoughtful,” Chesterhill Mayor Richard Wetzel said. “He’s a very positive influence in the community and on the council.
Mayle’s racing career has spanned nearly 20 years and he has climbed the ranks by winning track-championships in every division he has competed. “He has become quite an accomplished racecar driver,” former racecar driver and Chesterhill Volunteer Fire Chief Tim Smedley said.
Chesterhill Village Council President Ken Peters and Mayor Wetzel share a similar view of Mayle. “He is an amazing person,” Peters said. “He has accomplished so much, so quietly, he is the humble in the rumble.”
Most days Mayle can be found working in his garage, helping neighbors and talking with friends. Many communities have champions that give of themselves to make their community better. Chesterhill has Little Ronnie and Little Ronnie has earned much more than the trophies collected from his years of racing.