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ON THE ROAD: Shelby Cobra

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This 1965 Shelby Cobra replica has a 427ci V8 and is signed by legend Carroll Shelby.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…)


CRCSE SHOW: 1930 Ford Custom Tudor

This 1930 Ford Tudor was featured at the 2013 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo in Tinley Park, Illinois.

DSC_7591_72Henry 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…)


DREAM GARAGE FEATURE: 1950s Oldsmobile Basement

These classic Oldsmobile cars are stored in a dream garage - in a basement!

These classic Oldsmobile cars are stored in a dream garage - in a basement!

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…)


FEATURE: 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger & ‘OE Gold’ Level Collection

     This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 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…)


FEATURE: 1987 Buick Grand National

This 1987 Buick Grand National has a 231ci V6.

This 1987 Buick Grand National has a 231ci V6.

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…)


MCACN: 1961 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon

This 1961 Ford Country Squire station wagon is parked in the lobby of the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

This 1961 Ford Country Squire station wagon is parked in the lobby of the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.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…)


FEATURE: 1958 Cadillac Series 86 Hearse

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.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…)


FEATURE: 1936 Ford Pickup Model 68

This restored 1936 Ford Model 68 pickup was found in California.

This restored 1936 Ford Model 68 pickup was found in California.

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…)


FEATURE: 1968 Ford Mustang GT

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT has a 351ci Windsor V8 underhood.

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT has a 351ci Windsor V8 underhood.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…)


FEATURE: 1968 Buick Wildcat

This 1968 Buick Wildcat is painted in Desert Sand and was sold at Palm Buick, in Oak Park, Illinois.

This 1968 Buick Wildcat is painted in Desert Sand and was sold at Palm Buick, in Oak Park, Illinois.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…)


FEATURE: 1969 Pontiac GTO

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This 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible is unusual with factory air and a four-speed.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.

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FEATURE: 1961 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon

This 1961 Ford Country Squire Wagon was fully restored.

This 1961 Ford Country Squire Wagon was fully restored.

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…)


FEATURE: 1932 Ford Tudor

This black on black 1932 Ford Tudor was modified three different times.

This black on black 1932 Ford Tudor was modified three different times.

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…)


FEATURE: 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA

This 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA was at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night and has a 390ci V8 underhood.

This 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA was at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night and has a 390ci V8 underhood.

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…)


FEATURE: 1933 Ford Speedster

This custom 1933 Ford Speedster was built by David Taylor.

This custom street rod was built in a home garage.

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…)


FEATURE: 1947 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

What better way to haul some goods than in a classic Chevy sedan delivery.

What better way to haul some goods than in a classic Chevy sedan delivery.

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…)


FEATURE STORY: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am

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Seeing high-powered machines tear across the big screen can leave a lasting, and lusting, impression.

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…)


FEATURE VIDEO: 2011 ‘Run to Brighton’ Cruise

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.


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