1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Each day in 1959 when a much younger Ron Rufo left his family’s home in downtown Chicago, he was greeted with a smile-inducing sight: his neighbor’s new Pontiac Catalina. “I loved it from the first time I saw it,” Rufo said. “I always remembered how distinct and attractive the wide-track body was.”

1969 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird

Simply put, Pontiac created the 1969 Trans Am Firebird to inspire. It was built to conjure up high-octane feelings in buyers who would imagine themselves whizzing around a sinewy SCCA track, throttle wide open and checkered flag waving. No one had these sensations welling inside them quite like a young Scott Shaffer. He was in […]

SHOW: 2014 Custom Rides Car Show & Expo, Tinley Park, IL

With record low subzero temps, it’s been near impossible to stay warm in the bone-chilling Midwest. Our surefire cure to heat things up is to gather around some vintage and custom iron. We found plenty of hot vehicles parked at the 2014 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo earlier this month at the Tinley Park […]

FEATURE: 1966 Ford Fairlane 500

It was in the spring of 1966 that Dennis Roxworthy fell head over heels in four-wheeled love. Then 23, he first laid eyes on Ford’s newly redesigned midsize offering, the Fairlane 500. “A neighbor ordered a new ember glow metallic ’66,” the longtime Elgin, IL resident said. “He let me drive it and I got […]

VIDEO: 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association Convention

Catching a glimpse of just one Nomad on the road can be special. That’s why there was simply no comparison for the emotions of seeing a whole parking lot full of the one-of-a-kind wagon at the 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association‘s annual convention. The event marked the 25th celebration and was held this summer in Itasca, […]

DREAM GARAGE: Getz Hot Rod Innovations, Hampshire IL

After pouring so much into their hobby, many classic car enthusiasts worry about what will become of their automotive passions and possessions. Terry Getzelman spent years putting together his classic car haven. Although the Hampshire, IL resident passed away in 2006, his longtime vision turned reality continues to be carefully looked after by his family. […]

VIDEO: Circa 57, Arlington Heights, IL

Classic Recollections was recently invited to a sneak peak of Circa 57, the hotly-anticipated retro diner that is opening in Arlington Heights, IL. Well, the doors have officially opened for all to come see the decor, relive some 1950s memories and of course, grab a tasty bite to eat. During our time at the VIP […]

VIDEO: 2013 Mecum Auction, Schaumburg, IL

The action was intense and emotions were high as the Mecum Auction rolled into the Schaumburg Convention Center over this past weekend. With over 1,000 cars being auctioned off along with all other kinds of rolling treasures and memorabilia on hand, we’re breaking our coverage into two parts. Below you can find our video recap, […]

SPECIAL: Circa-57 VIP Event, Arlington Heights, IL

There is a lot of excitement and eager anticipation building for the launch of Circa-57, the Chicago-area’s newest themed restaurant. It’s all for good reason; the ultra-retro diner showcases delicious food and authentic, museum-quality 1950′s decor.  While the doors haven’t officially opened to the public, Classic Recollections was invited to a special VIP event held […]

FEATURE: 1986 Pontiac Firebird

Whenever the Halloween season rolls around, things can tend to get a bit ethereal. Case in point; Ken Fritz’s 1986 Pontiac Trans Am. All three of its owners purchased the car during the month of October. The original owner took delivery on Oct. 18, 1985, in Rockford. The second snagged the car on Oct. 19, […]

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