This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS is the long-waited answer to Bob Zografos’ childhood wish. It’s not the car itself he wanted for so long, but rather what’s underhood. “When (more…)
If this well-weathered Camaro isn’t classified as a ‘barn find’, then we don’t know what is. We found the rusted Chevy (more…)
When auto collectors look for inspiration to design a cool, custom storage environment for their four-wheeled treasures, they usually think glowing neon lights, checkerboard patterns (more…)
The doors have just closed for day one of the 2013 Race and Performance Expo, held this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois and we couldn’t think of a better spot to be on a chilly (more…)
In recent years, the first-generation Chevrolet Camaro has wildly become a hot choice for enthusiasts to customize or turn into wild restomods. Such much so, that even coming across an unadulterated example like (more…)
It’s not unusual for an enthusiast to wrap-up a lengthy and expensive vehicle restoration and realize his yesteryear classic still rides and drives like a decades-old car. For many, this is the pleasure (more…)
No matter the season, classic muscle cars are always easy to fall in love with. With their high-horsepower engines, in-your-face styling and all-business demeanor, its no wonder these stalwarts of speed are a hit year round. (more…)
Most parents consider it imperative to pass on core family values to their children. Not only does this give the younger generation a feeling of identity, but it also honors the family’s timeless traditions. (more…)
One area cruise night that really captures the true spirit of Mid West cruising is the event held every Saturday night in downtown Mount Prospect. Taking place in the Metra parking lot at the corner of Route 83 and Route 14, this classic car haven gives spectators that true Chicago feel with the regular passing of the passenger trains (more…)
As we’ve already found, new cruise nights are popping up all the time in the Chicago suburbs. Once the warm weather hits, area enthusiasts get the itch to get out, soak up the summer sun and show off their car (more…)
As we saw with the Sweet Baby Ray’s cruise night, it takes a lot to scare off the area classic car enthusiasts. That repeated itself at the Palatine Culver’s cruise night as rain clouds billowed fast and drops began to fall.
Now in its second year, the event is held once again at the former Menard’s parking lot at 1775 North Rand road. Dozens of cars and spectators rolled in while Monster Boom Box provided all our favorite yesteryear music. The weekly cruise night runs through October 1st so we’ll look forward to many more Friday nights strolling the lot checking out the classic machines. (more…)
If you’re like us, then one of your favorite cruising spots last summer was at the Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center. With a live band and parking available around the manicured lawns and light changing water fountain, we had a hard time passing this ultra-cool event up every Wednesday night.
While the organizers are bringing back the cruise night for the 2012 season, they’re also scheduling specific shows for our classic machines. The first one has just been announced and is being held on Sunday, April 29th.
Want more details? Call Amanda at 847-426-6200.
Spring is here and you’ll want to be sure to head over to the Event Calender to see what classic car events are going on near you.
If you’ve been following Classic Recollections, you’re become quite familiar with the Polar Bear Cruise, hosted by the Bare Bones Car Club. While we’ve posted photo galleries, video walk-arounds and even flame-throwing spectacles from the event, we’ve never shown the rides doing what they do best – cruising.
Watch our video overview to see all these kustom machines in full high-definition glory carving up the Illinois backroads as they leave from Elgin, making a stop in Palatine and finally ending up in Island Lake.
Falling in love with one particular vehicle can occur at any age. Usually it happens for starry-eyed small boys once they catch that first glimpse of their gleaming dream machine. Mike Kochanski was a ripe old age of 10 when he first laid eyes on a LeMans Blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and never could quite get it out his head. Eight years later he purchased one of those iconic Chevy cruisers for himself and has held onto it ever since.
Childhood impressions are powerful motivators and one that has stayed with Mike Kochanski ever since he was a small boy was the sight of a LeMans Blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. He never forgot the first time he saw that muscle-bound Chevy at a Union 76 gas station just down the street from his family home. Right then and there he vowed to have one and eight years later, that dream came true. Decades have passed since then but even after all that time, he’s still held on to his fantasy Z/28, restoring it into the perfect V8 bruiser.
In today’s over-the-top muscle car world, where factory V8 bruisers can be readily found in dealer showrooms with engines packing anywhere from 500-700 horsepower, the modest number of 306 may seem rather unimpressive. But cram those snarling stallions into a light-weight, track-prepped 1965 Mustang G.T. 350 and hear them wail through dual, side-exiting exhausts and you’ll quickly agree it seems like just the perfect amount for this iconic member of the vintage street elite.
See for yourself and ride along in Mike Nowak’s pristine Wimbledon White Shelby coupe. If you still haven’t changed your mind, you may need to watch it again.
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.
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.