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1965 Pontiac GTO: 2014 Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend

This 1965 Pontiac GTO was on display at the 2014 Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend car show.

This 1965 Pontiac GTO was on display at the 2014 Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend car show.The Pontiac brand has been defunct for a number of years now. However, the passion for Pontiac vehicles is as active as ever. Evidence could readily be (more…)

2014 Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend Car Show

2014 Annual Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend Car Show

2014 Annual Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend Car ShowMore than 450 Pontiac vehicles participated in the 24th Annual Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend Car show, held last weekend in St. Charles, IL. Matt Avery headed (more…)

Where did fuzzy dice come from?

Fuzzy Dice

Fuzzy DiceA walk around any area cruise night or car show will reveal a common auto accessory: fuzzy dice. These fun, retro throwbacks have been swinging from (more…)

1967 Ford Mustang

Original owner 1967 Ford Mustang.

Original owner 1967 Ford Mustang.By his own admittance, Lou Vassos is a “practical guy.” He is, after all, a lifelong engineer and focuses on what works with the least amount of (more…)

2014 Camaro Car Show – Volo Auto Museum

DSC_5383b_72A lot of attention has been given to the Mustang recently and rightfully so with the model commemorating it’s 50th anniversary. But that doesn’t mean the Camaro (more…)

Randhurst Village Cruise Night July 16th


Classic cars parked at the Randhurst Village cruise night sponsored by the Daily Herald and Classic Recollections.Shared stories were king once again at this past week’s Randhurst Village Cruise Night, the second of three summer car shows sponsored by the Mount Prospect shopping center (more…)

2014 Volo Auto Museum Camaro Car Show


Chevy Camaros parked at the 2014 Volo Auto Museum Camaro Car Show.Chevy Camaros from all five generations covered the grassy grounds of the Volo Auto Museum today, parked on display for the third annual Camaro Car show. The event (more…)

2005 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 ‘Barricade’ from Transformers

2005 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 'Barricade' from Transformers

2005 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 'Barricade' from TransformersMichael Stragand is no stranger to Mustangs. Yet this enthusiast recently had his pony-car passion transformed in a big way. He’s owned nearly a dozen versions of Ford’s (more…)

1976 Jeep CJ-5 ‘9/11 Tribute’

1976 Jeep CJ-5 9/11 Trinute

1976 Jeep CJ-5 9/11 Trinute

Nick Priola loves Jeeps. The off-road enthusiast has owned more than 20 of the rough-and-ready rigs over his driving career. Each one has been a blast, Priola says, but (more…)

1968 Pontiac Gran Parisienne

1968 Pontiac Gran Parisienne

1968 Pontiac Gran ParisienneRight out of the gate, Tom Mianulli was a full-size car kind of guy. As a child, his parents toted him around in a colossal 1967 Buick LeSabre. His own first set of wheels was (more…)

1999 Pontiac Trans Am ’30th Anniversary Edition’

This 1999 Pontiac Trans Am will be featured at the June 18th, 2014 Randhurst Village Cruise Night.

This 1999 Pontiac Trans Am will be featured at the June 18th, 2014 Randhurst Village Cruise Night.Turning 30 is a big deal. Pontiac’s storied Trans Am model made it to three decades in 1999 and the company decided to commemorate the occasion. Rick Giovannini encountered part of that four-wheeled celebration at the 1999 Chicago Auto Show. “In the Pontiac booth was a massive cake,” the Arlington Heights (more…)

1950 Dodge Coronet



It’s an intimidating thought to embark on a long road trip in a vintage vehicle. That fear is the furthest thing from the minds of John and Barb Weiser. The Weisers both have a proven track record with their 1950 Dodge Coronet.The Elmhurst (more…)

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1


DSC_4188_wmMonico Chavez always saved his allowance. Unlike other young boys, he wasn’t stashing away dollars to pay for the newest video game, coolest pair of gym shoes or tickets to a concert. No, his heart was set on American muscle. “I started saving when I was 10 years old,” the Vernon (more…)

1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead


DSC_4435_wmWhen you get right down to it, hardware is an integral part of our rolling machines. Simple nuts, bolts and original parts may seem trivial, but it’s small elements like these that get John Incaudo (more…)

Randhurst Village Cruise Nights

This 1964 Ford Mustang was the first Mustang sold. It was sold to Gail Wise in Chicago, IL.

RVCN BannerFor several years now, Classic Recollections has told the stories of hundreds of unique vehicles. You’ve read it in the print column, online feature and through social media but now we’re hitting the streets. Classic Recollections and the Daily Herald has (more…)

1967 Ford Mustang



A cheap set of wheels is a must have for any college student — something easy on the wallet but big on fun.Pat Mondy found both in his 1967 Ford Mustang. He purchased it in the fall (more…)

1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6The classic car community is  always eager to help each other out. That’s why we figured we would see if we can lend a hand to enthusiast Mike R. He’s trying to track down some history on his 1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6. Here’s (more…)

1970 Dodge Super Bee


1970 Dodge Super BeeStanding out isn’t always a bad thing. Dennis Szarzynski separated himself from the four-wheeled pack by scooping up a 1970 Dodge Super Bee. He purchased (more…)

1969 Pontiac GTO ‘Judge’

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

When it comes to muscle car preferences, Ron Moller’s ruling was made as a teenager. No deliberation was needed to know he loved Pontiac’s GTO. “I saw one and loved (more…)

Fast & Furious: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS & 1984 Buick Grand National

Fast & Furious: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS & 1984 Buick Grand National

Fast & Furious: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS & 1984 Buick Grand NationalIt would sure take a lot to be like Vin Diesel. Chris Ingrassia may not have the rippling biceps of this Hollywood hunk, but he does emulate one aspect of Diesel’s action-packed life: his driving. Ingrassia (more…)

1966 Ford Thunderbird: Jay Novello

1966 Ford Thunderbird

1966 Ford ThunderbirdFew things rekindle family memories quite like watching home movies. When Jim Cairo wants to relive recollections of his late great uncle, he has his pick from a plethora of major motion pictures. The Lake Zurich, IL resident’s relative was character actor Jay Novello. Novello’s silver-screen career (more…)

Cruise Night Etiquette


Classic, collector and muscle cars parked at the 2013 Rolling Meadows cruise night in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.When the summer sun is out, there are dozens of fine cruise nights and car shows to sample in the Chicago area. Few events can compare to the one-of-a-kind experience (more…)

1970 Ford Torino Cobra Jet 429


1970 Ford Torino Cobra Jet 429Kent Krueger learned many things during high school. Apart from the wide world of academia, the Barrington resident was taught a lesson in classic American muscle. It was (more…)

1977 Pontiac Trans Am

1977 Pontiac Trans Am

1977 Pontiac Trans AmWhile growing up, Arnie Goldstein didn’t cry regularly over the usual little boy miseries, like scraped knees or bumps or bruises. But his father’s automotive purchasing patterns would bring (more…)


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