The Hudson Motor Car Co. may be best known for its racing successes. However, there’s much more to learn about this innovative brand than its checkered-flag past. One place that delivers a robust education is Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum. This (more…)
Immediately after acquiring his 1947 Ford pickup, Steve Belknap was faced with a crossroads. The Barrington resident saw the hauler while (more…)
Larry Hunkele has always been a truck man — the bigger the better. Over the years, he’s owned such heavy haulers as a 1973 Dodge Power Wagon, a ’70 Ford F250 4×4 and a ’71 International Scout AWD. Family duties piled (more…)
Major motion pictures highlight vehicles in a special way. So much so that it isn’t uncommon for auto enthusiasts to forget dialogue, plots and even characters’ names (more…)
One show-stopping vehicle parked near the entrance to the show was this ultra high performance 1938 Chevrolet pickup, owned by Larry and Connie Massengill. The two-toned hauler was built (more…)
Jim ‘Wrench’ Guthrie has grown well-accustomed to the same old question asked by the spectators who see his 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup. Most wonder incredulously, ‘Is the truck completed?’ While the vehicle may not have the glossy mainstream look (more…)
“If you’re going to have a classic car, you have to drive it. Otherwise, I recommend you collect stamps!” That is the advice Mike Podgorski gives on how our beloved rolling icons should be handled. The Barrington (more…)
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…)
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…)
It’s easy to forget that International Harvester Co.’s heritage encompasses more than farm and agriculture equipment. In addition to tractors and industrial engines, the Illinois-based IH also produced four-wheeled workhorses like Steve Cliff’s 1939 D2 pickup truck. (more…)
If you were in the market for a luxury pickup during the late 1950′s, it was hard to beat the opulence of Chevrolet’s Cameo Carrier line. Taking their recently overhauled for 1955 ‘Task Force’ truck design, Chevy added even more special features (more…)
Many may know of the reputation International Harvester has for building farm and construction equipment but for a number of years, the Illinois-based company built numerous light-duty pickup trucks. One such model line was the L-series, which included trucks with a cargo capacity ranging from 1,600 lbs. to 4700 lbs.
Pete Zopel’s radical 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup project all started because of something he calls a ‘bucket list motor’. “I have swapped engines in and out of cars before but never really built something entirely from scratch. That’s exactly what I did with this one – I built it just the way I wanted, using all my ideal components. It was just something I wanted to do before I ‘kicked the bucket’. (more…)
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…)
One of the great things about the Chicagoland classic car and truck community, is you can never be quite sure what area enthusiasts will have in their garages. The Midwest may mean bitterly long winters but that just gives more time for the wrenching guys and gals to fine-tune the cool and unique project vehicles they have tucked away.
It can be tough getting motivated to start a new project, but that drive kicks into high gear once you see a buddy’s completed ride. That’s how Dean Gagliardotto got started on his 1966 Ford F100, taking 10 years to perfect his hot-rod hauler. (more…)
You can never tell what will happen during a custom car cruise and while on the ’2012 Polar Bear Cruise’ we were treated to quite a spectacle, put on by the Bare Bones Car Club. Anytime you throw a couple of their specially prepared rides together, you’ll see a flame throwing extravaganza like no other, just as we experienced at the group’s stop in Island Lake, Il.
For more details on the super-slick 1950 Buick, catch our video interview with owner, Ryan Johnston. If you didn’t think the flames could get any higher, think again once you see him lay on the throttle and things really heat up.
We mentioned earlier this week how one local car club saw Super Bowl Sunday as the perfect chance to dust off their radical machines and, despite the nippy weather, get out and get cruising. Their name is the Bare Bones Car Club and their 7th annual ‘Polar Bear Cruise’ had over 60 custom cars and trucks come out for the 30-mile drive from Elgin, Il to Nostalgic Auto Body in nearby Island Lake, Il. The rodders gathered in the parking lot of a Golden Corral and after a hearty breakfast, loaded up and headed out, carving up the curvy backroads. Here’s a photo gallery showing all the wild and custom rides that turned up for the kick-off to this annual event.
If you were like the majority of the football-crazed population, you probably spent most of your Super Bowl Sunday preparing for that national event taking place in Indianapolis last night. But one local die-hard group of automotive enthusiasts carved out most of their morning and afternoon to make time for their perennial driving season kick-off event. For the past six years, the Bare Bones Car Club has made it a yearly tradition to host an annual cruise occurring every February and yesterday was no different.
They call it the ‘Polar Bear Cruise’ and even braved the blizzard conditions last year to ensure the event went on. Compared to then, yesterday was quite balmy, given the mid-30 degrees temps and breaking sun. We tagged along with the dozens of custom cars and trucks for the 30-mile drive from Elgin to Island Lake, making a stop in at FCR in Palatine along the way. We’ve got tons of photos, video walk-arounds and all kinds of behind-the-scenes bonus content we’ll be publishing right here in the days to come.
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