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Archive for July, 2012

FEATURE: 1953 Buick Super

This 1953 Buick Super convertible was fully restored.

This 1953 Buick Super convertible was fully restored.

Our classic vehicles have a way of working their way into our hearts, becoming not just mere cold, metallic modes of transportation, but rather cherished four-wheeled family members. (more…)


FEATURE: Barrington, Illinois Concours d’Elegance

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It can be quite a chore to find decent driving spaces in the Chicago area — far enough away from the concrete jungle so you momentarily forget you live in one of the nation’s largest cities. A popular destination is the quaint town of Barrington. (more…)


FEATURE: 1965 Chevrolet El Camino

This 1965 El Camino is all original and has the 327 V8.

This 1965 El Camino is all original and has the 327 V8.Ray Pagni wasn’t looking for a classic vehicle when he came across this 1965 Chevrolet El Camino ten years ago, but confesses he was able to ‘get away with it because it was an automatic’. That 2-speed Powerglide transmission meant his wife could participate in the cruising fun, which she does quite frequently, using the El Camino as her daily driver. “She’s in it every day or darn near close to it,’ said Ray. (more…)


FEATURE: 1978 VW Bus

This 1978 VW Bus has undergone a 10 year restoration.

This 1978 VW Bus has undergone a 10 year restoration.

The first question most people are dying to ask when they spy Jack Connelly pull up in his 1978 VW Bus is, “Do you go camping in it?” (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Barrington, Illinois

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.Tucked away in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago is the quaint town of Barrington and every summer Thursday night, the classic cars come rolling in for the village’s weekly cruise. With its tranquil, tree-lined setting, easily accessible boutique shops and casual dining, this event is one draws automotive enthusiasts from all over. (more…)


FEATURE: 1956 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

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Pete Zopel’s radical 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup project all started because of something he calls a ‘bucket list motor’.  “I have swapped engines in and out of cars before but never really built something entirely from scratch. That’s exactly what I did with this one – I built it just the way I wanted, using all my ideal components. It was just something I wanted to do before I ‘kicked the bucket’. (more…)


DREAM GARAGE: Classic Car Barn

Chuck Barnes's built this barn to house his horses and classic muscle cars.

Chuck Barnes's built this barn to house his horses and classic muscle cars.

Automotive enthusiasts love to measure their beloved four-wheeled machines’ capabilities by using the term “horsepower.” Chuck Barnes owns a stable-full of true classic muscle — real horsepower — in his modern horse barn. (more…)


FEATURE: 1969 Pontiac GTO

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This 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible is unusual with factory air and a four-speed.Having a significant other on board with your classic machine dreams always makes things go a lot easier. A surefire result is it allows them to participate in the cruising fun, giving you more seat time on the open road, which is exactly where any enthusiast wants to be.

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FEATURE: 1970 Oldsmobile 442

This 1970 Oldsmobile 442 is painted in Aegean Aqua paint.

This 1970 Oldsmobile 442 is painted in Aegean Aqua paint.As we’ve already seen, at one point in their storied past, Oldsmobile was well-known for making some of the baddest street cruisers to ever rumble out of Detroit factories. An iconic model that attracted countless V8-loving fans to the Olds brand was their 442. (more…)


JULY 4th SPECIAL: Corvettes

Celebrate July 4th with a red, white and blue Corvette!

Celebrate July 4th with a red, white and blue Corvette!Over their many years, American roads have been traversed by all sorts of unique and interesting motoring machines, hailing from all corners of the globe. While each has merit, this red, white and blue holiday we’re taking time to salute one of the longest in-production sportscars – one that continues to be manufactured in our Land of the Free for over sixty-years – the Chevrolet Corvette. First introduced in 1953 as a concept show car, (more…)


FEATURE: 1969 AMC AMX

This 1969 AMC AMX is painted in the special Hurst Super Stock color scheme.

This 1969 AMC AMX is painted in the special Hurst Super Stock color scheme.

It may come as no surprise that the Fourth of July inspired Ken More to apply a red, white and blue color scheme to his once all-white 1969 AMC AMX. But before we can jump to those eye-catching exterior hues, a little background on his classic ride is in order. (more…)


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