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Archive for June, 2012

FEATURE: 1961 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon

This 1961 Ford Country Squire Wagon was fully restored.

This 1961 Ford Country Squire Wagon was fully restored.

When it comes to family and cargo hauling, the full-size vehicle of choice has radically changed. Today, huge, sky-high lumbering SUVs are what most active moms and dads opt to load up before heading out for the summer beach vacation or that multi-store mall shopping trip. It wasn’t always that way – at one point in time, station wagons, like this 1961 Ford Country Squire, ruled the (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Mount Prospect, Illinois

Classic cars parked in downtown Mount Prospect, Illinois for the Bluesmobile Cruise night.

Classic cars parked in downtown Mount Prospect, Illinois for the Bluesmobile Cruise night.

One area cruise night that really captures the true spirit of Mid West cruising is the event held every Saturday night in downtown Mount Prospect. Taking place in the Metra parking lot at the corner of Route 83 and Route 14, this classic car haven gives spectators that true Chicago feel with the regular passing of the passenger trains (more…)


FEATURE: 1932 Ford Tudor

This black on black 1932 Ford Tudor was modified three different times.

This black on black 1932 Ford Tudor was modified three different times.

There’s no shortage of fortuitous incidents that provide incentive for classic car owners to conduct massive overhauls of their beloved four-wheeled machines. In Kurt Jensen’s case, all it took was a flat tire. Jensen has owned his black-on-black 1932 Ford Tudor since 1981 and initially conducted a four-year build (more…)


DREAM GARAGES: 1950′s Basement

Rick Burke created this 1950's themed basement after seeing inspiration from diners and drive-ins.

Rick Burke created this 1950's themed basement after seeing inspiration from diners and drive-ins.

Once a person falls in love with the fantastic world of classic vehicles, expressions for that passion may grow boundlessly. Rick Burke took his classic car creativity way beyond four wheels; he transformed his boring basement into a 1950s wonderland, drawing on inspiration from the neighborhood and his business. (more…)


FEATURE: 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409

This 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air packs the famous 409 V8 engine.

This 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air packs the famous 409 V8 engine.One of the hottest tunes on the radio in 1962 was a little ditty by a group of surf-loving teens who extolled excitement over something called a “4-0-9.” The Beach Boys weren’t the only ones focused on that Chevy engine. (more…)


SHOWS: Willow Creek Community Church, DadFest 2012, South Barrington, Illinois

Classic cars on display at Willow Creek church's Dadfest 2012.

Father’s Day is that special time of the year when dads get recognition for all they do for their children and families. One place that really knows how to throw a proper party honoring those exceptional men in our lives is Willow Creek Community Church, in South Barrington, IL. (more…)


FEATURE: 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente

This 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente was restored in Glacier Blue paint.

This 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente was restored in Glacier Blue paint.

Having had a history with muscled Corvettes and Camaros, Dave LeVere hadn’t considered owning a Mercury Comet. However, his performance horizons broadened in 2006 while seeking a classic car to keep at his Florida vacation (more…)


FEATURE: 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass S

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Before its demise in 2004, the modern Oldsmobile brand had slowly morphed into a company well-known for producing posh, sedate vehicles that were usually lacking in the behind-the-wheel fun department. It hadn’t always been that way. While the luxury component remained constant, there was a time when Olds injected some snarling Detroit-bred muscle into their offerings.

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CRUISE NIGHT: Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Classic cars parked at the 2012 Rolling Meadows cruise night.

Classic cars parked at the 2012 Rolling Meadows cruise night.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when droves of classic car enthusiasts were flocking to Rolling Meadows for the Friday night classic car cruise, held in the empty parking lot at the intersection of Meadow Drive and Kirchoff Road. The weekly event quickly grew in size and popularity only to be shut down and forced to find a new location (more…)


FEATURE: 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA

This 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA was at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night and has a 390ci V8 underhood.

This 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA was at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night and has a 390ci V8 underhood.

While we were at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night a few weeks ago, we chatted with Brian Bending, the event organizer, who gave us all the details and backstory on the weekly gathering. Naturally, a guy who likes classics enough to take the initiative to organize an event is going to have one cool cruiser himself. (more…)


FEATURE: 1934 Ford Tudor

This 1934 Ford Tudor was built from scratch.

This 1934 Ford Tudor was built from scratch.

Assembling a custom vehicle can be an overwhelming challenge. That’s why most opt to purchase one that’s somewhat put together or entirely completed. Others, like Collin Sprau, choose to go a different route — the “start from scratch” path. (more…)


FEATURE: Gary Heidt, 1932 Ford Roadster

Gary Heidt is building this 1932 Ford roadster.

Gary Heidt is building this 1932 Ford Roadster.

In the world of hot rod suspension components, one name that should instantly come to mind is Heidts. For over 25 years, the Chicago suburbs-based company has been cranking out suspension parts that have a solid reputation for being easy to install right out of the box and more importantly, (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Roselle, Illinois

Classic cars parked in downtown Roselle, Illinois at the cruise night.

Classic cars parked in downtown Roselle, Illinois at the cruise night.

The month of June has started and so has another cruise night, this one being the event in downtown Roselle, Illinois, on Main Street. The event takes place every Friday night from 6pm-9pm and will run until September 28th. (more…)


FEATURE: 1933 Ford Speedster

This custom 1933 Ford Speedster was built by David Taylor.

This custom street rod was built in a home garage.

David Taylor had always wanted a custom 1933 Ford and finally decided to build one himself ten years ago. Utilizing a fiberglass body with a steel nose and grill, the craftsman set about  (more…)


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