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FEATURE: 1949 Mercury Custom

A roadside fire destroyed this 1949 Mercury custom.

A roadside fire destroyed this 1949 Mercury custom. Ancient mythology tells of a sacred fire bird that, at the end of its life, ignites its nest to be taken up in flames. When the blaze burns down, a new offspring emerges. Chicago-area auto enthusiasts Don and Debbie Wallin have a rolling phoenix that, through hard work and determination, was raised from the ashes (more…)


PROJECT CAR: 1940s Ford COE Truck

This 1940s cab over engine Ford looks like a great restoration project.

This 1940s cab over engine Ford looks like a great restoration project.We didn’t get a chance to catch up with whoever was hauling this 1940s cab over engine Ford work truck, but from what we saw, it looks to be a more than solid foundation for the start of an awesome new project vehicle. The vintage hauler was spied out (more…)


FEATURE: 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

After a full overhaul, this 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova turned into a wild custom car.

This 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova was restored and customized, using a LSX V8 crate engine.The idea for Gerry and Tyler Dziedzina’s radical 1966 Chevy II Nova street machine came suddenly to them, at of all places, the family dinner table. (more…)


CAR SHOWS: Great Lakes, IL VA Hospital

Classic cars were parked at the Great Lakes Naval Station VA hospital 12th annual car show.

Classic cars were parked at the Great Lakes Naval Station VA hospital 12th annual car show.When you go to an excess number of judged car shows, before long you’ll become too focused on one thing — going home with a sparkling new trophy. This can cause you to lose sight of one of the main tenants of the collector car hobby: showing your ride for the enjoyment of others. (more…)


FEATURE: Barrington, Illinois Concours d’Elegance

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It can be quite a chore to find decent driving spaces in the Chicago area — far enough away from the concrete jungle so you momentarily forget you live in one of the nation’s largest cities. A popular destination is the quaint town of Barrington. (more…)


FEATURE: 1978 VW Bus

This 1978 VW Bus has undergone a 10 year restoration.

This 1978 VW Bus has undergone a 10 year restoration.

The first question most people are dying to ask when they spy Jack Connelly pull up in his 1978 VW Bus is, “Do you go camping in it?” (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Barrington, Illinois

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.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…)


DREAM GARAGE: Classic Car Barn

Chuck Barnes's built this barn to house his horses and classic muscle cars.

Chuck Barnes's built this barn to house his horses and classic muscle cars.

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…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Mount Prospect, Illinois

Classic cars parked in downtown Mount Prospect, Illinois for the Bluesmobile Cruise night.

Classic cars parked in downtown Mount Prospect, Illinois for the Bluesmobile Cruise night.

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…)


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…)


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

Classic cars parked.

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…)


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