Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

1956 GMC Bluegrass Runabout from GM Motorama re-discovered

Uncovering artifacts from the 1956 GMC ‘Bluegrass Runabout’ pickup truck show vehicle  There aren’t many concepts cars and show cars left to rediscover. Most were well-photographed and documented in newspaper articles of the day, and then in books and magazines of today. Yet we found one more. While cruising old GM...

Inside the Olds Rocket Circle fraternity

The Oldsmobile Rocket Circle customer appreciation program Those “Rocket Circle” ornaments on the dashboards of ‘50s Oldsmobiles are more than just another chrome trinket on a flashy ‘50s machine. General Motors’ Oldsmobile division formed the “Oldsmobile Rocket Circle” for the 1956 model year as a type of customer appreciation program. Included...

1953 Skylark prices flying north

VanDerBrink Auctions to sell rare 1953 Buick Skylark convertible project 1953 Buick Skylarks have had a pretty wild time on the auction block in the last six months. On Nov. 4, 2017, we reported that a blue 1953 Skylark deep into No. 5 territory and loaded with raccoon excrement, rust and...

Dean Martin’s 1966 Ford Thunderbird heads to auction

GWS Auctions to offer multiple celebrity cars in ‘Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction’ Dean Martin’s candy apple red 1966 Ford Thunderbird coupe will go up for auction during GWS Auctions’ “Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction: Collectibles from the Megastars of Entertainment” on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. online at gwsauctions.com.  ...

New ‘Malaise Era’ Car Show set in Calif.

Malaise Daze Show to Exhibit Nearly Forgotten Cars of the 1970s-’90s EL SEGUNDO, Calif._ ​At the Automobile Driving Museum on Saturday, April 28, Los Angeles-area car enthusiasts will be treated to the Malaise Daze LA Show. Hosted by Bryan Davis and Chuck Sherman of Malaise Motors, the Malaise Daze Car Show...

Leno Rebuilds Duesenberg Model J LaGrande Coupe

Extinct Duesenberg coupe brought back from beyond   Just six coupes were originally built on the Duesenberg Model J chassis and until last December, just three were left in existence. Now the tally is back up to four. The number of coupes didn’t rise through the magic of a time machine...

Scenes from a long-gone salvage yard

While house cleaning during the Christmas break, we found a packet of photographs from 2008 showing a salvage yard located in Arkdale, Wisconsin. The limited information with the photos led us to believe the salvage yard was probably Roller’s Auto Salvage, and a cursory internet search gave us a phone number...

Tucker Club joins AACA Museum

Tucker Automobile Club of America joins AACA Museum Effective immediately, the Tucker Automobile Club of America will become part of the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa. The TACA is ending its stand-alone status to become a membership category at the museum. Its financial resources, archival and artifactual collections will be transferred...