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FEATURE: Gary Heidt’s 1932 Ford Roadster

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Building and fabricating play important roles in the custom-car hobby, but it’s hard to beat the smiles that arise when owners use their machines to travel somewhere (more…)


CRCSE SHOW: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom

This custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air was displayed at the 2013 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo in Tinley Park, Illinois.

DSC_7530_72We run across more than a few classic Chevy shoeboxes during our travels but few as jaw-dropping as this 1957 Bel Air example parked at the CRCSE show. The eye-searing (more…)


CRCSE SHOW: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

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DSC_7583_72A dry, arid environment is a wonderful spot for preserving a classic automobile. That’s probably one of the reasons why this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air has lasted so long so well and is in the pristine condition (more…)


FEATURE: 1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible

This 1958 Chrysler Crown Imperial was found in Las Vegas, NV.

This 1958 Chrysler Crown Imperial was found in Las Vegas, NV.

When Jimmy Reaney straps into his 1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible, it’s reminiscent of a very familiar setting. Design cues for his drop top mimic the F-16s and F4 Phantoms the retired Air Force pilot (more…)


ON THE ROAD: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two door sedan was parked at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two door sedan was parked at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

It’s hard to grow tired of seeing a classic Chevy shoebox especially when it’s as gorgeous as this 1956 Bel Air two door hardtop. We spied the rolling icon (more…)


MCACN: 1952 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup Truck

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When Brian Anderson and his son, Nathan, discovered this 1952 Chevrolet 3600 in a North Dakota farm field, they were in for a big surprise. “It had been sitting for more than 25 years but we managed to get it to fire up and (more…)


FEATURE: 1955 Chevrolet Sedan

This custom 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

This custom 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.Most of what you’ll see at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is number’s matching rides packing plenty of factory correct pedigree. But you’ll also find some custom machines sprinkled in, like this (more…)


MCACN: 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner

This fully restored 1956 Ford Fairland Sunliner was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

This 1956 Ford Fairland Sunliner was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

Motoring classics like this fully restored 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner are always a visual treat and a nostalgic reminder of days gone by. We spied this exquisite Raven Black and Sunset Coral example while at the 2012 MCACN show. Ken Nagel, of Plano, Illinois, owns the Ford, which (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…)


ON THE ROAD: 1962 Volvo 544

This classic Volvo 544 was restored and found at the 2012 downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

This classic Volvo 544 was restored and found at the 2012 downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

It’s not too often that you come across a classic Volvo at a cruise night or show, let alone a restored and slightly modified example. We found this 1962 544 at the downtown Palatine cruise night earlier this summer and were drawn to its clean lines and tasteful alterations. (more…)


CAR SHOW: 1960 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon

This 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon was unrestored and caught attention at the 2012 Berwyn Route 66 car show in Chicago Illinois.

Unrestored classic Chevrolet wagons are always a treat to see.If you’re like most, some of your fondest motoring memories are cramming in the family station wagon for that long summer roadtrip or local spin to the carnival. We’ve taken a look at some haulers that are meant to haul in a straight line but this 1960 Chevrolet Nomad wagon looks like just the ticket for taking the back roads low and slow, while still carrying a (more…)


FEATURE: 1955 Chevrolet 210 Townsman Wagon

This 1955 Chevrolet 210 Townsman wagon was modfied for drag racing.

This 1955 Chevrolet 210 Townsman wagon was modfied for drag racing.When Skip Tubbs came across his 1955 Chevrolet 210 Townsman station wagon, the vintage cruiser had become quite accustomed to remaining stationary. “I found it in Wheeling, Illinois sitting in a back yard lot where it had stayed for nine years. The previous owner was going to do something with it but never did, ‘ said Skip. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the hauler’s (more…)


FEATURE: Gary Heidt, 1932 Ford Roadster

Gary Heidt is building this 1932 Ford roadster.

Gary Heidt is building this 1932 Ford Roadster.

In the world of hot rod suspension components, one name that should instantly come to mind is Heidts. For over 25 years, the Chicago suburbs-based company has been cranking out suspension parts that have a solid reputation for being easy to install right out of the box and more importantly, (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Roselle, Illinois

Classic cars parked in downtown Roselle, Illinois at the cruise night.

Classic cars parked in downtown Roselle, Illinois at the cruise night.

The month of June has started and so has another cruise night, this one being the event in downtown Roselle, Illinois, on Main Street. The event takes place every Friday night from 6pm-9pm and will run until September 28th. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Arboretum at South Barrington

Classic cars parked at the Arboretum in South Barringonton, Illinois.

Classic cars parked at the Arboretum in South Barringonton, Illinois.

This past Wednesday, May 30th, marked the kick-off for the classic car cruise night held at the Arboretum shopping center in South Barrington, Illinois. Now in its second season, once 6pm rolled around the vintage machines drove in and quickly jammed the lot around the tree-lined plaza. Musical group, Owen Two, was on-site performing live. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Lake Zurich

Classic cars parked at the Lake Zurich, Illinois cruise night.

Classic cars parked at the Lake Zurich, Illinois cruise night.

Lake Zurich is getting in on the 2012 cruise night festivities, with the launch of their new event, held in the Culver’s and Kohls parking lot, at 645 North Rand Road. The cruise is put on by Fuzzy Dice Productions (more…)


FEATURE: 1953 Ford F100

This 1953 Ford F100 was found in a California barn.

This 1953 Ford F100 was found in a barn after sitting for 35 years.

Bernard Ashley knows what it’s like to drive a pickup – he drives a modern one everyday. But after many miles, he’s found it’s not quite the same as his restored and customized 1953 Ford F100. (more…)


FEATURE: 1953 Chevrolet Handyman

This custom 1953 Chevrolet Handyman was restored by John Waite.

This custom 1953 Chevrolet Handyman was restored by John Waite.John Waite had a pretty good idea of how he wanted his 1953 Chevrolet Handyman wagon to turn out when he was finished with the build. (more…)


FEATURE: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396

1968 Chevelle parked in the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

1968 Chevelle parked in the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.It wasn’t that long ago that we told you about the story of Jerry Coglianese and his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. To jog your memory, a few years ago Jerry was on the prowl for a bow-tie muscle machine and spied his Butternut Yellow GM dream, after just seeing a corner peaking out from under a car cover in a residential area. Undeterred, Jerry approached the owner and (more…)


FEATURE: 1958 Edsel Villager

1958 Edsel Wagon looks great with the boomerang taillights.

1958 Edsel Wagon looks great with the boomerang taillights.

Kirk Swiatek and his girlfriend, Amanda. Kirk Swiatek had one stipulation when it came time to select a classic vehicle – he wanted a vintage ride with massive amounts of cargo room. As the drummer in the band, Lil Red and the Howlin’ Wolves, when Kirk rolls out, he’s bringing numerous cases of equipment with him. What Kirk settled on for his cargo demands was an all-original, unrestored 1958 Edsel Villager wagon. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHTS: Downtown Palatine

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Cars parked in downtown Palatine at the classic car cruise.

Corvettes parked.Classic car cruises and events are sprouting up all the time here in the Midwest and the newest destination for four-wheeled enthusiasts is in downtown Palatine.  Taking place just south of the Metra train station between Palatine Road and Smith Street, the Friday night happening is now in its second week and growing fast. (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Mundelein, IL – ‘Park on Park’

A classic Corvette parked at the Mundelein, Illinois classic car cruise.

Whereas most area cruise nights plan for a weekly event even during the summer months, the downtown Mundelein, Illinois  ‘Park on Park’ show occurs just once a month. Now in its 12th season, this past Wednesday night was the first of five for the 2012 season and the vintage, rolling steel was parked rows and rows deep. Encompassing three parking lots, Park Street, Seymour Avenue and numerous side alleys in the downtown area, this sprawling show has vastly grown since its beginnings in 2000.

The cruise night was the idea of the ‘On the Road Classics’ car club and is still put on by 14 of the original members who started this unique event. (more…)


FEATURE: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle MalibuIt 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…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Palatine Culver’s

Chevelle at Palatine Illinois Culver's Friday night car cruise

Corvette at Palatine Illinois Culver's Friday night car cruise

Chevelle at Palatine Illinois Culver's Friday night car cruise

This Yenko Chevelle showed great in the parking lot.

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…)


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