November has rolled around again and for classic and muscle car enthusiasts, that can only mean one thing; time for the Muscle (more…)
There’s no denying fall is in the air and that means one thing to Midwest classic car enthusiasts: time to start counting down (more…)
During the heyday of the American muscle-car craze, the Detroit mantra for horsepower was “Bigger is always better.” Then big changes started occurring in the 1970s as a reaction to rising gas prices, higher inflation and (more…)
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…)
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…)
Nothing jump starts a restoration project quite like seeing a friend’s completed ride. That’s exactly how Dean Gagliardotta got started on his 1966 Ford F100. (more…)
The ‘Back to the Beach‘ car show offered lots of great classic vehicles, available for viewing in total indoor comfort and out of the Chicago February chill.
Few vehicles say classic California cruising better than a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad. We found this flawless Sierra Gold example, complete with surfboard hanging out the back, at this past February’s ‘Back to the Beach‘ car show, held in Palatine, Illinois, at Arlington Toyota and Scion. (more…)
If you’ve been following Classic Recollections, you’re become quite familiar with the Polar Bear Cruise, hosted by the Bare Bones Car Club. While we’ve posted photo galleries, video walk-arounds and even flame-throwing spectacles from the event, we’ve never shown the rides doing what they do best – cruising.
Watch our video overview to see all these kustom machines in full high-definition glory carving up the Illinois backroads as they leave from Elgin, making a stop in Palatine and finally ending up in Island Lake.
It’s not uncommon for automakers to seek inspiration from previous models for their current offerings – especially when it comes to performance vehicles. What is a bit more rare is for the owners of the modern machines to seek out those earlier versions their high-tech cruisers were based on. One such enthusiast is Cliff Steif, who nabbed a 2003 Chevrolet SSR and then realized he had to have its predecessor – a 1947 3100 pickup. After both received a thorough going-over, the rolling result is a pair of custom haulers whose subtle decades-apart differences are hardly ever noticed.