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FEATURE: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum


The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Musuem is in Auburn, Indiana.There’s no better way to experience history than to be where history actually happened. For antique automobile enthusiasts, few places can bring the past to life like a visit to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile (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: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller


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…)

UPDATE: 1964 Toyota FJ-45

1964 Toyota FJ-45

We discovered this fully restored 1964 Toyota FJ-45 while at the ‘Back to the Beach‘ car show and even chatted at length with its owner, Gary Vicari.

Gary owns Arlington Toyota, in Palatine, Illinois, and mentioned in our video interview how he enjoys keeping this classic work truck around the dealership to remind those who see it of the long-standing heritage of the

Toyota brand. (more…)

FEATURE STORY: 2011 ‘Run to Brighton’ Cruise

Brighton sign

For some classic car enthusiasts, the pinnacle of the automotive hobby is taking their polished, rolling gem to the nearest judged show for all to see and admire. While most enjoy this more passive side of the sport, there are some owners that simply want to find the nearest open stretch of highway asphalt and cruise the back roads, using their vintage machine in the manner it was intended for. This simple carefree joy of having a full tank and hearing nothing but the engine rumbling behind you has motivated groups of car enthusiasts for generations to engage in the pastime known merely as ‘cruising’.

One such group is the Illinois Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. They use the 1896 ‘Run to Brighton, England’ as inspiration for their 51-year running annual cruise from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to Brighton, Wisconsin.

We tagged along for the November, 2011 ‘Run to Brighton’ and to read the full story behind this ‘rolling spectacle’, catch our full feature on the Daily Herald, as well as our video feature.


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