Rochester Doctor Drives Back into History with Jeep Restorations

July 12, 2017 03:00 PM

(ABC 6 News) – One Mayo Clinic doctor spends his free time driving back into history.

By day, Dr. Guri Sandhu is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, and directs the catheterization lab.


However, by night, he restores old Jeeps from World War II.

"You can see Jeeps and remember the contributions of the soldiers," Sandhu said. 

Sandhu has enjoyed working and learning about cars since he was young. It took him 18 months to completely restore his fully operating World War II Jeep.

"This is part of the history that we really need to preserve," Sandhu said. 

Around World War I, his grandfather was shot at a peaceful protest organized by Mahatma Gandhi, before coming to the United States.

Sandhu was also impacted by World War II.

"Similarly, [in] World War II, there were millions of Americans and about 2.5 million Indians who fought in the same battles," Sandhu said. 

He said the Eleventh Sikh regiment was part of one of the biggest Japanese defeats. To honor them, he added their markings to his jeep after its restoration.

From Sandhu’s standpoint, it's about more than restoring a piece of history, it's about preserving it.

"Think about the contributions of the young men and women who fought for freedom not just in one country but in multiple countries,” Sandhu said. “Who all came together to preserve life as we know it now."

Sandhu also said Rochester holds a special place in his heart. his grandfather was a visiting physician at Mayo in the 1930's and observed the practices of Drs. Will and Charlie Mayo.  


Elise Romas

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