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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

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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

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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…)


1961 Chevrolet Apache Pickup Truck

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1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck barn findMike Keegan really didn’t want his 1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup. He thoroughly loves classics, but the gearhead already had more than enough four-wheeled projects to keep his hands full. But try as he might, his inner (more…)


1967 Pontiac Ventura

This 1967 Pontiac Ventura was customed by Dave Puhl in Palatine IL after is was sold new.

This 1967 Pontiac Ventura was customed by Dave Puhl in Palatine IL after is was sold new.Jim Lindberg’s 1967 Pontiac Ventura may look factory fresh now but much of its life has been drastically different. After being assembled in Kansas City, the massive (more…)


Need for Speed: Scott Waugh Interview

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For the past two decades, “Need for Speed” has made a successful name for itself in the digital world on computer and TV screens. For 2014, the video game (more…)


1967 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

This 1967 Chevrolet Caprice wagon features a four-speed manual transmission.

This 1967 Chevrolet Caprice wagon features a four-speed manual transmission.Doctors have a certain knack for prescribing antidotes that soothe and relieve — both for patients, as well as themselves. In the fall of 1967, a certain (more…)


2014 World of Wheels

Classic and custom cars on display at the 2014 World of Wheels car show.

Classic and custom cars on display at the 2014 World of Wheels car show.The World of Wheels car show is a Chicago-area event that truly lives up to its name. This auto celebration is now in it’s 52nd year and attracts all earthly species of rolling, engine-powered machinery. The show took place over the weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in (more…)


1949 Ford F-1 Pickup Truck

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303.64Creating a custom vehicle is not for the faint of heart. We’re often our harshest critic, making it quite difficult — if not impossible — to craft a masterpiece (more…)


1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

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1959 Pontiac Bonneville convertibleEach day in 1959 when a much younger Ron Rufo left his family’s home in downtown Chicago, he was greeted with a smile-inducing sight: his neighbor’s new (more…)


1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel AirRick Burke has had a longtime affinity for the first-generation of the sweet, smooth and sassy Chevrolet Bel Air. The Inverness, IL resident’s passion (more…)


2014 Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Motorcycles on display at the 2014 Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

Motorcycles on display at the 2014 Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

There was no better place last weekend to immerse in Midwest motorcycle culture than the 2014 Progressive International Motorcycle Show. The event was held (more…)


Gail Wise, 1964 Ford Mustang: 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Gail Wise displayed her 1964 Mustang at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

Gail Wise displayed her 1964 Mustang at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.We first bumped into Gail Wise and her 1964 Ford Mustang at the 2013 Barrington Concours d’Elegance and right away we knew she had a special ride. We went on to feature it last fall and weren’t (more…)


1957 Ford Thunderbird

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DSC_2342_72By all accounts, Dan Renda shouldn’t be driving his 1957 Ford Thunderbird — let alone loving it as much as he does. His family has always been (more…)


1969 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird

This 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird is all original and was found in Detroit.

This 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird is all original and was found in Detroit. Simply put, Pontiac created the 1969 Trans Am Firebird to inspire. It was built to conjure up high-octane feelings in buyers who would imagine themselves whizzing (more…)


2014 Chicago Cycle Show, Pheasant Run Resort

Custom motorcycles on display at the 2014 Chicago Cycle Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.

Custom motorcycles on display at the 2014 Chicago Cycle Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.The frosty Midwest still needs to thaw out a bit before regular riding season returns. Yet motorcycle fever was in full swing at the recent 2014 Chicago Cycle Show. (more…)


1957 Chevrolet Corvette

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This 1957 Chevrolet Corvette was purchased in the early 1970s. Of all the people living near Bob Drews in Des Plaines during the 1960s, one neighbor in particular left a lasting impression. His name was Frank and he had a 1957 Corvette parked in his garage. “It was set up for going fast; equipped (more…)


Chicago Cycle Show, 2014: Nichols Paint & Fab

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hot rodWhile attending the 30th annual 2014 Chicago Cycle Show, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the only 4-wheeled machine parked in the convention center. The vehicle (more…)


SHOW: 2014 Custom Rides Car Show & Expo, Tinley Park, IL

2014 Custom Rides Cars Show & Expo, Tinley Park Illinois

Classic and muscle cars on display at the 2014 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo in Tinley Park, Illinois.

With record low subzero temps, it’s been near impossible to stay warm in the bone-chilling Midwest. Our surefire cure to heat things up is to gather around some vintage and custom iron. We found plenty of hot vehicles (more…)


FEATURE: 1966 Ford Fairlane 500

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This 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 was purchased new in Crystal Lake, IL.It was in the spring of 1966 that Dennis Roxworthy fell head over heels in four-wheeled love. Then 23, he first laid eyes on Ford’s newly redesigned midsize offering, the Fairlane 500. “A neighbor ordered (more…)


SHOW: 2014 Custom Rides Car Show & Expo, Tinley Park, IL

Custom cars parked at the Tinley Park Convention Center, in Tinley Park Illinois at the 2014 Custom Rides & Custom Car Show.

Custom cars parked at the Tinley Park Convention Center, in Tinley Park Illinois at the 2014 Custom Rides & Custom Car Show.If you’re currently anywhere near the frigid and frozen Midwest, you’re finding it near impossible to stay warm. Our special sure-fire cure to heat things up is to spend some (more…)


VIDEO: 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association Convention

Classic Chevrolet Nomad station wagons parked at the 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association's 25th convention held in Itasca, IL.

Classic Chevrolet Nomad station wagons parked at the 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association's 25th convention held in Itasca, IL.Catching a glimpse of just one Nomad on the road can be special. That’s why there was simply no comparison for the emotions of seeing a whole parking lot full of the one-of-a-kind (more…)


FEATURE: 1959 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban Apache

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This 1959 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban is unrestored and served on a Texas Army base.Tom Duensing saw firsthand the usefulness of a capable vehicle by spending miles on the road with his father. His dad owned a wholesale food business in Dundee, IL and relied on a 1955 Chevrolet (more…)


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