The classic car community is always eager to help each other out. That’s why we figured we would see if we can lend a hand to enthusiast Mike R. He’s trying to track down some history on his 1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6. Here’s (more…)
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…)
It’s no secret that there’s more than a few Midwest classic car enthusiasts who are more than ready for spring to finally arrive. It’s beginning (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…)
One of the great things about cruising the back roads, is you’ll never know what you’ll run into. Case in point is this GM classic machine that we spied while passing through small town Richmond, Illinois. At first glance, you may assume the blue beauty is one of Pontiac’s GTO varieties (more…)
The changing leaves and the dropping temperatures can only mean one thing for us here in the Midwest: the end of another glorious summer of cruising. Reminding us all was tonight’s final night of 2012 of the wildly popular downtown Mount Prospect, Illinois cruise night. The narrow Metra parking lot was jammed full of classics, (more…)
Tucked away in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago is the quaint town of Barrington and every summer Thursday night, the classic cars come rolling in for the village’s weekly cruise. With its tranquil, tree-lined setting, easily accessible boutique shops and casual dining, this event is one draws automotive enthusiasts from all over. (more…)
Automotive enthusiasts love to measure their beloved four-wheeled machines’ capabilities by using the term “horsepower.” Chuck Barnes owns a stable-full of true classic muscle — real horsepower — in his modern horse barn. (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…)
It seems all of us car enthusiasts got our passion for vehicles by playing with the 1/64 or 1/18th scale versions when we were far too young to drive. As we got older, we exchanged our family room carpet highways for the real asphalt deal. Even though the size grows immensely, the love never dies. (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…)
When Jerry Coglianese went on the hunt for a classic musclecar, he didn’t need to see much of his soon-to-be-his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS to identify what it was. All it took was a front corner peeking out from under a cover in a Chicago-area residential garage and the Chevelle enthusiast knew what it was – and that he had to have it. (more…)
Island Lake hot rod shop, Nostalgic Autobody, gets a lot of cool and custom cars through its bay doors. While you can never be quite sure what they will have in, you can always count on a couple examples of American muscle, like this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. It’s in the garage now getting a drivetrain upgrade after the owner decided the factory 396 powerplant wasn’t enough and opted to bolt in a worked-over 540ci V8.
Shop owner, Kevin Fielder, gave us a quick video update on the project.
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.