MCACN: 1969 Hurst/Olds Convertible, ‘Miss Golden Shifter’ Linda Vaughn

The 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals boasted lots of special four-wheeled displays as well as numerous celebrity appearances. One example that greeted visitors as soon as they entered the event was the unveiling of this freshly restored 1969 Hurst/Olds convertible and ‘Miss Hurst Golden Shifter’ herself, Linda Vaughn. Signing autographs both days, Miss Vaughn […]

MCACN: 2012 Muscle Car & Corvette National, Rosemont Illinois

The 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals has rolled back into Chicago, being held once again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. This evening marked the close of Day 1 of the weekend show, leaving us eagerly preparing for a second day of strolling the cavernous aisles and lusting after the […]

FEATURE: 1954 Buick Special

Despite being found in drizzly Chicago, Angel Castillo’s 1954 Buick Special sedan is all-original. The secret to its pristine state? A long former life spent in dusty and dry Texas. Angel purchased the four door cruiser in 2007, shortly after its relocation to the Midwest. “The body hadn’t been touched throughout all the years and […]

FEATURE: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

Despite their deep love and devotion, it’s not uncommon for collector car enthusiasts to let go of their special four-wheeled rides. Most things are, after all, for sale if the numbers are high enough. But as Lee Bakakos found out with his 1961 Ford Thunderbird, sometime that massive pile of cash just isn’t worth it. […]

FEATURE: 1972 Dodge Polara

If you were fond of tearing up the roads of the Windy City in the muscle-car years, chances are you would have hit the brakes hard if you saw an imposing patrol car like Greg Reynolds’ meticulously recreated 1972 Dodge Polara cruiser. Greg Reynolds Reynolds, a Chicago resident and sergeant in the city’s police force, […]

FEATURE: 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe

When Russ Regnier first saw his 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe, it “was more of a parts car than something to restore.” Russ Regnier He found the car in Rolling Meadows, IL in 1976 and wasn’t deterred by its shoddy condition. After all, the Chicago resident had been smitten with the distinct 1930s automotive styling […]

FEATURE: 1978 VW Bus

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?” Jack Connolly has imparted his love of VWs to his kids: Anna and Jack Jr. Who can blame them? For decades, these uber-functional hauling machines were the […]

FEATURE: 1961 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon

When it comes to family and cargo hauling, the full-size vehicle of choice has radically changed. Today, huge, sky-high lumbering SUVs are what most active moms and dads opt to load up before heading out for the summer beach vacation or that multi-store mall shopping trip. It wasn’t always that way – at one point […]

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,” […]

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