1967 Pontiac Ventura

Jim Lindberg’s 1967 Pontiac Ventura may look factory fresh now but much of its life has been drastically different. After being assembled in Kansas City, the massive two-door was shipped to Welter Pontiac in South Bend, Ind., where a local buyer bought the Ventura with a specific vision: competing on the show circuit.

2014 World of Wheels

The World of Wheels car show is a Chicago-area event that truly lives up to its name. This auto celebration is now in it’s 52nd year and attracts all earthly species of rolling, engine-powered machinery. The show took place over the weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and no matter an […]

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.”

Gail Wise, 1964 Ford Mustang: 2014 Chicago Auto Show

We first bumped into Gail Wise and her 1964 Ford Mustang at the 2013 Barrington Concours d’Elegance and right away we knew she had a special ride. We went on to feature it last fall and weren’t surprised to see in the following months as she quickly gained national attention. For those unfamiliar with the […]

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 […]

2014 Chicago Cycle Show, Pheasant Run Resort

The frosty Midwest still needs to thaw out a bit before regular riding season returns. Yet motorcycle fever was in full swing at the recent 2014 Chicago Cycle Show. The annual three-day event is now in its 30th season and took place last weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center in St. Charles. […]

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, […]

FEATURE: 1959 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban Apache

Tom Duensing saw firsthand the usefulness of a capable vehicle by spending miles on the road with his father. His dad owned a wholesale food business in Dundee, IL and relied on a 1955 Chevrolet panel truck. “As a small kid I’d ride with him,’ said Tom. “He only had the driver’s seat inside so […]

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 […]

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