Nothing jump starts a restoration project quite like seeing a friend’s completed ride. That’s exactly how Dean Gagliardotta got started on his 1966 Ford F100. (more…)
The ‘Back to the Beach‘ car show offered lots of great classic vehicles, available for viewing in total indoor comfort and out of the Chicago February chill.
Few vehicles say classic California cruising better than a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad. We found this flawless Sierra Gold example, complete with surfboard hanging out the back, at this past February’s ‘Back to the Beach‘ car show, held in Palatine, Illinois, at Arlington Toyota and Scion. (more…)
When Chevrolet released their Chevy II in 1962, it was designed as an economic commuter car. Despite its humble origins, hot rodders have always seen it as the perfect platform to build a high-performance machine.
We caught up with Kevin Fielder, the shop’s owner, to hear about the plans the customer has for this muscled bruiser.
No matter what year, Volkswagen Beetles have an uncanny ability to produce smiles on the faces of whoever sees them motoring by. The only people happier are those behind the wheel of one of these four-wheeled icons.
One such satisfied owner is Fernando Martinez. He’s been a life-long aficionado of the Bug and in 2010, purchased his uncle’s 1975 example.
He had his ‘Vocho‘ imported from Monterrey, Mexico and after an intense one-year restoration, happily cruises about the Northwest Suburbs.
If you own a classic car and live in the Chicago suburbs, there’s a good chance you found yourself parked at the Arboretum of South Barrington on Wednesday nights last summer. It was just the first season for the shopping center’s cruise night but it quickly found favor with owners and enthusiasts who enjoyed the tranquil setting, live music and many restaurants within walking distance.
As spring rolls around again here in the Midwest we wanted to find out more about how this popular event got started and what they have in store for 2012. We got in touch with Allison Krupp, the Director of Marketing for the Arboretum, who gave us a special inside look.
How did the cruise get started?
“Last year we were approached by a local resident named Don Borg. Don is an avid vintage car collector and exhibitor. He suggested that we begin a Cruise Night here at the center. One of the core missions of The Arboretum of South Barrington is to provide local residents and communities, Americana events for families that bring a feeling of neighborhood and community. The Cruise Night was the perfect addition to these events.”
“Cruise Nights are supported and sponsored by the Arboretum’s tenant partners. The events that drew the most attendees were those sponsored by Ruth’s Chris, Potbelly and Georgio’s. The restaurants support the event by giving the first 50 car owners free dinners and by providing guests drink and food specials. The largest events drew on average 4,000 people and about 200 cars.”
How many cars came out on average?
“On average 150-200 cars. The busiest nights hosted in excess of 250 vehicles.”
“The live music seemed a natural to add to the experience of Cruise night at The Arboretum. The band performed by the fountain and they added a level of energy to car owners and visitors alike. People would come with lawn chairs and watch the band and enjoy the vintage vehicles. Yes we will definitely include like music and will also add children’s performers and fashion shows for the ladies. Potbelly will also provide additional live entertainment by their store.”
How many staff/volunteers does it take to put on the cruise each week?
“3 Arboretum staff members and 4 police explorers and a police supervisor.”
“2012 will bring additional entertainment and programing. I have extended the classics car display parking to over by Ruth’s Chris and Potbelly, Coopers Hawk and Georgio’s so that the restaurants can serve visitors and car owners from their patio’s and cook out. In 2012 the Arboretum will take Cruise Night to a totally different level….”
Best time to arrive at the cruise?
“Our “regulars” classic car owners begin arriving at 4:00pm to get their preferred parking spots by the fountain in the plaza. The entrance for classic car owners is on Bartlett Road. Car owners will be met by security personnel who direct them down main street to additional personnel and reserved parking. Visitors and guests can park anywhere in the numerous parking allotted at the Arboretum.”
Do you own a classic? What is your favorite car to see at the cruise?
“No I wish I owned a classic…if I did it would be a GTO! I am partial to pick ups and most of all vintage Corvettes.”
Anything new and/or different for ’12?
“You have to come and see!!”
“We are taking the ladies into account here and will provide a fashion focus for their pleasure. We are also interested in hearing from different entertainment groups who might want to perform at the center on cruise nights.”
**Cruise nights return to the Arboretum of South Barrington on May 30, 2012. Check our Event Calender for updates.
**Krupp informed us official shows are on the way with the first being held on April 29th, 2012.
Unlike alot of classics, one vintage cruiser that never changed much during its production run was VW’s Beetle. For nearly 65 years it remained mostly unchanged but yet continued year after year to win over the masses with its too-cute styling and nimble driving experience. One enthusiast, Fernando Martinez, fell in love with the bug during frequent visits to his relatives in Monterrey, Mexico. His uncle purchased a 1975 sedan and in 2010, Fernando had the opportunity to take over ownership, and restore, the special family hauler. The folks responsible for the radical transformation were the VW experts at Midwest Autosavers in Cary, Illinois.
Watch the video to hear what changes Fernando had in mind during the overhaul and what he enjoys so much about his Aquarius Blue bug.
One of the highlights of this year’s Polar Bear Cruise, was stopping by Foreign Car Rebuilders, in Palatine, Illinois. Owner, Milo Iglesias, threw open his doors and let all the rodders and enthusiasts come in, for a time of reuniting with old, and new, friends.
With all the cool machines parked out front, it would have been easy to not have a chance to explore the vehicles inside the shop, making it to the far back corner where a pristine, in-progress 1967 Jaguar XKE 2+2 sat.
He informed us the car has been in the same family since it was purchased new in England in 1967. This most recent overhaul commenced in 2010 with the owners seeking a ‘rally look’ from the 2+2; resulting in ditching the bumpers and any other unnecessary weight.
Power comes by way of a 4.2 OHC inline six-cylinder, mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Stopping responsibilities fall on upgraded Wilwood racing brakes, armed with vented rotors and stainless steel braided hosing. All of this is hidden behind Dunlop wheels at all four corners. For increased performance, heavy duty torsion bars were installed, along with bigger valves and upgraded compression for the engine.
The car was rolled next door to Incuado’s Auto Body for a glossy coat of British Racing Green paint to be applied. You’ll find sumptuous tan leather upholstery in the right-hand drive cabin.
More assembly is required by Milo’s team but we’re told this purring feline is expected to be completed and on the road by June. We can’t wait to see the finished product.
If you’re like us, then one of your favorite cruising spots last summer was at the Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center. With a live band and parking available around the manicured lawns and light changing water fountain, we had a hard time passing this ultra-cool event up every Wednesday night.
While the organizers are bringing back the cruise night for the 2012 season, they’re also scheduling specific shows for our classic machines. The first one has just been announced and is being held on Sunday, April 29th.
Want more details? Call Amanda at 847-426-6200.
Spring is here and you’ll want to be sure to head over to the Event Calender to see what classic car events are going on near you.
If you’ve been following Classic Recollections, you’re become quite familiar with the Polar Bear Cruise, hosted by the Bare Bones Car Club. While we’ve posted photo galleries, video walk-arounds and even flame-throwing spectacles from the event, we’ve never shown the rides doing what they do best – cruising.
Watch our video overview to see all these kustom machines in full high-definition glory carving up the Illinois backroads as they leave from Elgin, making a stop in Palatine and finally ending up in Island Lake.
Island Lake hot rod shop, Nostalgic Autobody, gets a lot of cool and custom cars through its bay doors. While you can never be quite sure what they will have in, you can always count on a couple examples of American muscle, like this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. It’s in the garage now getting a drivetrain upgrade after the owner decided the factory 396 powerplant wasn’t enough and opted to bolt in a worked-over 540ci V8.
Shop owner, Kevin Fielder, gave us a quick video update on the project.
He may not have that alluring British accent, finely tailored suit or any of the high-tech gadgetry, but what Peter Conover does have is the car 007 was intended to drive in the James Bond series. While the DB5 has since become the iconic ‘Bond Car’ that fans love and adore, creator Ian Fleming originally had the agent driving a DB Mark III.
While attending the 2012 ‘Back to the Beach’ Car Show, held at Arlington Toyota in Palatine, Illinois, we had a chance to catch up with a few of the owners for in-depth video interviews on their classic machines.
One such event participant was Tony Liedig, who owns this fully restored 1960 Ford Sunliner. From its glossy, mirror-black paint to its factory-fresh red interior, we knew we had to get a closer look at this stunning drop top.