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Archive for May, 2012

CRUISE NIGHT: Arboretum at South Barrington

Classic cars parked at the Arboretum in South Barringonton, Illinois.

Classic cars parked at the Arboretum in South Barringonton, Illinois.

This past Wednesday, May 30th, marked the kick-off for the classic car cruise night held at the Arboretum shopping center in South Barrington, Illinois. Now in its second season, once 6pm rolled around the vintage machines drove in and quickly jammed the lot around the tree-lined plaza. Musical group, Owen Two, was on-site performing live. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Lake Zurich

Classic cars parked at the Lake Zurich, Illinois cruise night.

Classic cars parked at the Lake Zurich, Illinois cruise night.

Lake Zurich is getting in on the 2012 cruise night festivities, with the launch of their new event, held in the Culver’s and Kohls parking lot, at 645 North Rand Road. The cruise is put on by Fuzzy Dice Productions (more…)


FEATURE: 1953 Ford F100

This 1953 Ford F100 was found in a California barn.

This 1953 Ford F100 was found in a barn after sitting for 35 years.

Bernard Ashley knows what it’s like to drive a pickup – he drives a modern one everyday. But after many miles, he’s found it’s not quite the same as his restored and customized 1953 Ford F100. (more…)


FEATURE: 1964 Dodge Custom 880

This 1964 Dodge 880 Custom is all original.

This 1964 Dodge 880 Custom is all original.

While out attending some Memorial Day classic car shows, we stumbled upon this sweet little 1964 Dodge Custom 880 two-door hardtop. David Dehart is the very proud owner and told us how he came to own such a clean Mopar (more…)


FEATURE: 1953 Chevrolet Handyman

This custom 1953 Chevrolet Handyman was restored by John Waite.

This custom 1953 Chevrolet Handyman was restored by John Waite.John Waite had a pretty good idea of how he wanted his 1953 Chevrolet Handyman wagon to turn out when he was finished with the build. (more…)


PROJECT: 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster

This 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster is currently being restored.

This 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster is currently being restored.

We always have our eyes and ears open for area in-progress builds and one we stumbled upon recently was this 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster. The man behind the machine is Skip Gallagher, who is building this cruiser in his Palatine, IL home (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Miller’s Dog ‘N Suds, Ingleside

Classic cars parked at Miller's Dog 'n Suds in Ingleside, Illinois for cruise night.

Classic cars parked at Miller's Dog 'n Suds in Ingleside, Illinois for cruise night.

Part of the shear joy and excitement found in the classic car hobby is in the on-road motoring experience.  Owning and restoring our four-wheeled gems is only half as much fun as firing them up and actually driving them. And if you’re looking for a local spot to cruise to (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Jersey’s Pizza & Grill, Hoffman Estates, IL

Classic cars lined up at Jersey's Pizza and Grill in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Classic cars lined up at Jersey's Pizza and Grill in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

As we’ve already found, new cruise nights are popping up all the time in the Chicago suburbs. Once the warm weather hits, area enthusiasts get the itch to get out, soak up the summer sun and show off their car (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Elk Grove Village, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ

Classic cars lined up at the Elk Grove Illinois Swee Baby Ray's BBQ cruise night.

Classic cars lined up at the Elk Grove Illinois Swee Baby Ray's BBQ cruise night.

The last time we headed down to the Sweet Baby Ray’s classic car cruise night, rain clouds were blowing in fast, (more…)


FEATURE: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396

1968 Chevelle parked in the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

1968 Chevelle parked in the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.It wasn’t that long ago that we told you about the story of Jerry Coglianese and his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. To jog your memory, a few years ago Jerry was on the prowl for a bow-tie muscle machine and spied his Butternut Yellow GM dream, after just seeing a corner peaking out from under a car cover in a residential area. Undeterred, Jerry approached the owner and (more…)


FEATURE: 1958 Edsel Villager

1958 Edsel Wagon looks great with the boomerang taillights.

1958 Edsel Wagon looks great with the boomerang taillights.

Kirk Swiatek and his girlfriend, Amanda. Kirk Swiatek had one stipulation when it came time to select a classic vehicle – he wanted a vintage ride with massive amounts of cargo room. As the drummer in the band, Lil Red and the Howlin’ Wolves, when Kirk rolls out, he’s bringing numerous cases of equipment with him. What Kirk settled on for his cargo demands was an all-original, unrestored 1958 Edsel Villager wagon. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHTS: Downtown Palatine

Classic cars parked.

Cars parked in downtown Palatine at the classic car cruise.

Corvettes parked.Classic car cruises and events are sprouting up all the time here in the Midwest and the newest destination for four-wheeled enthusiasts is in downtown Palatine.  Taking place just south of the Metra train station between Palatine Road and Smith Street, the Friday night happening is now in its second week and growing fast. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Mundelein, IL – ‘Park on Park’

A classic Corvette parked at the Mundelein, Illinois classic car cruise.

Whereas most area cruise nights plan for a weekly event even during the summer months, the downtown Mundelein, Illinois  ‘Park on Park’ show occurs just once a month. Now in its 12th season, this past Wednesday night was the first of five for the 2012 season and the vintage, rolling steel was parked rows and rows deep. Encompassing three parking lots, Park Street, Seymour Avenue and numerous side alleys in the downtown area, this sprawling show has vastly grown since its beginnings in 2000.

The cruise night was the idea of the ‘On the Road Classics’ car club and is still put on by 14 of the original members who started this unique event. (more…)


FEATURE: 1968 Pontiac Firebird

1968 Pontiac Firebird

1968 Pontiac Firebird It's hard not to stare at this 1968 Pontiac Firebird.

While walking around Friday’s Culver’s cruise night in Palatine, we spied this cherry 1968 Pontiac Firebird. With its clean lines and non-nonsense factory treatment, it more than garnered an extra look from us.

We snagged its owner, Ken Pitcher, who had just driven over from nearby Inverness, and chatted to find out a few details about his GM muscle machine.

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FEATURE: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle MalibuIt seems all of us car enthusiasts got our passion for vehicles by playing with the 1/64 or 1/18th scale versions when we were far too young to drive. As we got older, we exchanged our family room carpet highways for the real asphalt deal. Even though the size grows immensely, the love never dies. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Palatine Culver’s

Chevelle at Palatine Illinois Culver's Friday night car cruise

Corvette at Palatine Illinois Culver's Friday night car cruise

Chevelle at Palatine Illinois Culver's Friday night car cruise

This Yenko Chevelle showed great in the parking lot.

As we saw with the Sweet Baby Ray’s cruise night, it takes a lot to scare off the area classic car enthusiasts. That repeated itself at the Palatine Culver’s cruise night as rain clouds billowed fast and drops began to fall.

Now in its second year, the event is held once again at the former Menard’s parking lot at 1775 North Rand road. Dozens of cars and spectators rolled in while Monster Boom Box provided all our favorite yesteryear music. The weekly cruise night runs through October 1st so we’ll look forward to many more Friday nights strolling the lot checking out the classic machines. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Elk Grove Village Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ

The cruise night at Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ was hampered due to threatening dark clouds.

The cruise night at Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ was hampered due to threatening dark clouds.

Despite a Chicagoland morning of blue skies and sun, by early Thursday evening, the sky had turned dark and threatening. That didn’t stop the die-hards from cruising over to one of the earliest-starting cruise nights of the season, held at the Elk Grove Village Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque restaurant. (more…)


BUILDS: 1948 GMC 1-Ton Truck

This 1-ton truck is being restored to its former glory.

One of the great things about the Chicagoland classic car and truck community, is you can never be quite sure what area enthusiasts will have in their garages. The Midwest may mean bitterly long winters but that just gives more time for the wrenching guys and gals to fine-tune the cool and unique project vehicles they have tucked away.

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