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Archive for August, 2012

SHOWS: Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva, Illinois

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Classic cars parked at the 2012 Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva, Illinois.

Rain didn’t keep the 2012 Geneva Concours d’Elegance from taking place on Sunday, August 26 in downtown Geneva, Illinois. Despite the drizzly conditions, droves of classic and antique automobile owners wheeled their rare and collector machines and parked on Third Street to participate in the judged (more…)


FEATURE: 1949 Mercury Custom

A roadside fire destroyed this 1949 Mercury custom.

A roadside fire destroyed this 1949 Mercury custom. Ancient mythology tells of a sacred fire bird that, at the end of its life, ignites its nest to be taken up in flames. When the blaze burns down, a new offspring emerges. Chicago-area auto enthusiasts Don and Debbie Wallin have a rolling phoenix that, through hard work and determination, was raised from the ashes (more…)


PROJECT CAR: 1940s Ford COE Truck

This 1940s cab over engine Ford looks like a great restoration project.

This 1940s cab over engine Ford looks like a great restoration project.We didn’t get a chance to catch up with whoever was hauling this 1940s cab over engine Ford work truck, but from what we saw, it looks to be a more than solid foundation for the start of an awesome new project vehicle. The vintage hauler was spied out (more…)


SHOWS: Vintage Transport Extravaganza 2012, Union, Illinois

The Vintage Transport Extravaganza 2012, held in Union Illinois, combines classic cars, trucks and trains.

The Vintage Transport Extravaganza 2012, held in Union Illinois, combines classic cars, trucks and trains.Just as Detroit is known for its automobile industry, Chicago has a rich railroading past and is still known the world over for our passenger and freight trains. (more…)


FEATURE: 1971 VW Super Beetle

This 1971 VW Super was restored and painted in a home garage.

This 1971 VW Super was restored and painted in a home garage.

It’s well known that VW love is quite contagious and once an owner has caught the proverbial bug, it can grow quite rapidly. Case in point is Jack Connelly. We’ve already taken a look at his restored and modified (more…)


FEATURE: 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe

This Harvard Crimson 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport was fully restored, after being nothing more than a parts car.

This Harvard Crimson 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport was fully restored, after being nothing more than a parts car.

When Russ Regnier first saw his 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe, it “was more of a parts car than something to restore.” (more…)


FEATURE: 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

After a full overhaul, this 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova turned into a wild custom car.

This 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova was restored and customized, using a LSX V8 crate engine.The idea for Gerry and Tyler Dziedzina’s radical 1966 Chevy II Nova street machine came suddenly to them, at of all places, the family dinner table. (more…)


SHOW: Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show

Service vehicles were parked at the 2012 Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle show.

Service vehicles were parked at the 2012 Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle show.

Dive into the exciting and diverse world of classic and collector vehicles, and you’ll find loyal fans for every conceivable mode of vintage transportation. You may even be surprised to find there’s a die-hard following for emergency vehicles. (more…)


FEATURE: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller

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This 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller has been fully restored.

If you know the name Messerschmitt, the image that may jump to mind is of a screaming World War II aircraft engaged in a vicious dogfight high over battle-torn Europe. While it is true the German company produced countless numbers of these agile Luftwaffe machines, after the war, it also produced the tiny road-going KR200 Kabinenroller micro car. (more…)


CAR SHOWS: Great Lakes, IL VA Hospital

Classic cars were parked at the Great Lakes Naval Station VA hospital 12th annual car show.

Classic cars were parked at the Great Lakes Naval Station VA hospital 12th annual car show.When you go to an excess number of judged car shows, before long you’ll become too focused on one thing — going home with a sparkling new trophy. This can cause you to lose sight of one of the main tenants of the collector car hobby: showing your ride for the enjoyment of others. (more…)


PROJECT CAR: 1952 International L-Series Truck

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This 1952 International L-series pickup looks to be a solid restoration project.

Many may know of the reputation International Harvester has for building farm and construction equipment but for a number of years, the Illinois-based company built numerous light-duty pickup trucks. One such model line was the L-series, which included trucks with a cargo capacity ranging from 1,600 lbs. to 4700 lbs.

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