DREAM GARAGES: 1950’s Basement

Once a person falls in love with the fantastic world of classic vehicles, expressions for that passion may grow boundlessly. Rick Burke took his classic car creativity way beyond four wheels; he transformed his boring basement into a 1950s wonderland, drawing on inspiration from the neighborhood and his business. Nancy & Rick Burk “Over the […]

FEATURE: 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409

One of the hottest tunes on the radio in 1962 was a little ditty by a group of surf-loving teens who extolled excitement over something called a “4-0-9.” The Beach Boys weren’t the only ones focused on that Chevy engine. Bill Collopy “My brother-in-law had a new ’62 409 when I was in high school,” […]

CRUISE NIGHT: Rolling Meadows, Illinois

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when droves of classic car enthusiasts were flocking to Rolling Meadows for the Friday night classic car cruise, held in the empty parking lot at the intersection of Meadow Drive and Kirchoff Road. The weekly event quickly grew in size and popularity only to be shut down and […]

FEATURE: Gary Heidt, 1932 Ford Roadster

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, working right. Gary Heidt The […]

CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Roselle, Illinois

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. Glenn Rygel We ventured out last night for their opening day and caught up with the […]

PROJECT: 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster

We always have our eyes and ears open for area in-progress builds and one we stumbled upon recently was this 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster. The man behind the machine is Skip Gallagher, who is building this cruiser in his Palatine, IL home garage. Skip Gallagher “It had been restored about 12 years ago and so the […]

CRUISE NIGHT: Mundelein, IL – ‘Park on Park’

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 […]

CRUISE NIGHT: Palatine Culver’s

This Yenko Chevelle showed great in the parking lot. 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, […]

FEATURE: 1947 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

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. Our […]

FEATURE: 1966 Ford F100

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. Catch our full feature on the Daily Herald and our in-depth […]

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