The action was intense and emotions were high as the Mecum Auction rolled into the Schaumburg Convention Center (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Having had a history with muscled Corvettes and Camaros, Dave LeVere hadn’t considered owning a Mercury Comet. However, his performance horizons broadened in 2006 while seeking a classic car to keep at his Florida vacation (more…)
Before its demise in 2004, the modern Oldsmobile brand had slowly morphed into a company well-known for producing posh, sedate vehicles that were usually lacking in the behind-the-wheel fun department. It hadn’t always been that way. While the luxury component remained constant, there was a time when Olds injected some snarling Detroit-bred muscle into their offerings.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
While out attending some Memorial Day classic car shows, we stumbled upon this sweet little 1964 Dodge Custom 880 two-door hardtop. David Dehart is the very proud owner and told us how he came to own such a clean Mopar (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
While walking around Friday’s Culver’s cruise night in Palatine, we spied this cherry 1968 Pontiac Firebird. With its clean lines and non-nonsense factory treatment, it more than garnered an extra look from us.
We snagged its owner, Ken Pitcher, who had just driven over from nearby Inverness, and chatted to find out a few details about his GM muscle machine.
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)