After a wild Midwest week filled with chilly temps and flood-like deluges of rain, this Shelby Cobra replica was more than eager to stretch its V8 legs at the first warm day the area (more…)
Henry Ford preferred his four-wheeled products to be painted black and there’s little doubt this glossy 1930 Ford Custom Tudor would be one he’d be proud to see. The eye-catching project (more…)
A basement isn’t usually regarded as an impressive area of a family home and certainly not the first spot to take guests. Bob Albrecht’s unfinished basement wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy if it wasn’t for he (more…)
It wouldn’t surprise you to learn that John Borzych’s 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger spent time locked up in an impound lot before the Northwest Indiana resident found the classic. With it’s near 200mph top speed (more…)
During the heyday of the American muscle-car craze, the Detroit mantra for horsepower was “Bigger is always better.” Then big changes started occurring in the 1970s as a reaction to rising gas prices, higher inflation and (more…)
We hadn’t made it too far into the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center while attending the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals before we recognized a familiar four-wheeled classic. Readers (more…)
As a fourth-generation funeral director, it’s only natural that Doug Ahlgrim, along with his wife Sandy, would be readily open to purchasing something as otherworldly as a stately 1958 Cadillac Series 86 hearse. (more…)
As is often the case, when Butch Nelson sold a 1955 Chevrolet car project several months ago, that bow tie classic left a four-wheeled hole in his heart. “If wasn’t long before I was getting lonesome and wanted something new,’ said the auto enthusiast. Having owned multiple examples of Tri-5 Chevys, muscle Chevelles (more…)
Gary Potts is no stranger to Ford’s iconic pony car, having owned numerous Mustangs over the years. Despite the extreme familiarity, there was no sign of contempt when he came across this glossy 1968 Fastback GT; it just grabbed his attention and wouldn’t let go. “I found the car in 2004 (more…)
Buicks have always had a reputation for being large, comfy cruisers packing plenty of panache and this 1968 Wildcat is no exception. During the 1960s, the Wildcat model was the Detroit brand’s midsize offering and was readily identifiable by its characteristic style line that swept from the headlights, down along the goes-on-for miles body and finally ending at the stylish rear chrome bumper. (more…)
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.
When it comes to family and cargo hauling, the full-size vehicle of choice has radically changed. Today, huge, sky-high lumbering SUVs are what most active moms and dads opt to load up before heading out for the summer beach vacation or that multi-store mall shopping trip. It wasn’t always that way – at one point in time, station wagons, like this 1961 Ford Country Squire, ruled the (more…)
There’s no shortage of fortuitous incidents that provide incentive for classic car owners to conduct massive overhauls of their beloved four-wheeled machines. In Kurt Jensen’s case, all it took was a flat tire. Jensen has owned his black-on-black 1932 Ford Tudor since 1981 and initially conducted a four-year build (more…)
While we were at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night a few weeks ago, we chatted with Brian Bending, the event organizer, who gave us all the details and backstory on the weekly gathering. Naturally, a guy who likes classics enough to take the initiative to organize an event is going to have one cool cruiser himself. (more…)
David Taylor had always wanted a custom 1933 Ford and finally decided to build one himself ten years ago. Utilizing a fiberglass body with a steel nose and grill, the craftsman set about (more…)
Last week we headed over to Frame-Up Wheel Works, in Waukegan, Illinois, to chat with owner, Bob Janda. During our time at the custom hot rod shop, we spied this street-ready 1947 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery sitting out front and were told it does, in fact, belong to Bob, and serves as his regular driver. (more…)
That’s exactly how Danny Fiermuga fell in love with his 1978 Pontiac Trans Am – he watched Burt Reynolds wheel his ’77 TA in ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Years later and Fiermuga is still hooked. (more…)
The pastime of cruising the backroads in a classic or antique vehicle is as old as the automobile itself. Its roots can be traced back to 1896 to England when a group of car lovers cruised to the seaside resort of Brighton. After years of oppressive laws imposed by the massive railroad industry, these celebrating enthusiasts took their first step in motoring freedom with the passing of a new law, helping to reduce that outside interference.
While its been over 100 years since, Dick Murray, of the Antique Automobile Club of America explains how the Illinois Region is still keeping that same motoring spirit alive with their annual cruise to Brighton, Wisconsin.