Author Archives: John Gunnell

The LaSalle II features a white body with metallic blue accents.

Gee, the Old LaSalle Ran Great. Not!

  Last week at the Cadillac LaSalle Club’s (www.cadillaclasalleclub.org) national meet in the Milwaukee area we got to sit in the 1955 LaSalle II dream car. It would be nice if we could reprise Archie Bunker’s famous line about the LaSalle running great, but the classic show car really didn’t have an engine. It...

The 1949 VW cutaway chassis.

People Collect the Darnedest Things

  What you see here is not a Lunar Lander or a Florida Swamp Buggy with wheels or a piece of agricultural equipment. It is a 1949 Volkswagen cutaway chassis. Now, think about that. When is the last time you saw a 1949 Volkswagen. Or did you ever see a ’49 Volkswagen? Probably not....

Packard for sale online for $38,000 seems like a good buy.

Surf’s Up

  Youngest son Jesse works for at Gunner’s Great Garage and helps out with some detail painting and minor mechanical work. However, what he’s really good at is surfing the Internet for old cars he thinks we should buy. Now, we haven’t bought a vintage vehicle since purchasing a ’75 Ford tow truck we...

The ’56 DKW 3=6 Drophead Coupe has a smiley disposition.

Queen Victoria

  Did you ever see a car at a cruise night or car show that gives you a flashback to your youth, although you don’t know why? That’s what happened when we say this sky blue Ford Victoria last Wednesday night. It wasn’t just the car or its hardtop styling that brought back some...

Funfest attendees gather for a cruise near the Mid America Fun Dome.

Volkswagen Funfest was Fun

  Volkswagen enthusiasts from across the country descended on the Mid America Motorworks corporate campus in Effingham, Ill., to celebrate their annual Air Cooled Volkswagen Funfest. Now, with hundreds of Volkswagens on display, you might have expected the place to look like a lady bug convention, but you’d be off the mark. Sure, there...

Tex Smith (at right) presenting an award for the new Corvette.

‘Tex’ was the best

Remembering LeRoi ‘Tex’ Smith Tex Smith was my favorite “boss” on the Old Cars Weekly editorial staff. If I wanted to make a business trip on a whim or add a day to a trip to hang out with a famous “car guy,” Tex understood that such things were important in making Old Cars...

Our favorite car at the Studebaker Spring Meeting was this 1950 Champion coupe.

Winner By A Nose

  Okay! We’ll admit it! We’re kind of stuck on cars from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Such cars may lack the two-tone paint jobs and fins of later ‘50s cars or the big engines of the ‘60s muscle cars, but they do have their attributes. Our passion for early post World War...

Miles “The Mouse” Melius’ No. 8 short track racing car at the Hall of Fame.

SE Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame Expands

    During the Jefferson Swap Meet April 24-26 we ran into Gib Wiser of Wiser’s Hot Rod Fabrication from Neosho, Wis., who had a vending space. He introduced us to his neighbor Dick Melius. Gib is well-known as a Wisconsin short track racer and Dick’s father is Miles “The Mouse” Melius, a legend...

A Lotus gets some attention at the clubhouse.

Members Helping Members

  We have been members of the Fox Cities British Car Club (www.foxbrits.com) ever since we bought our first British car in 2002. We had always wanted an MG TD and always felt that owning one was out of reach. But after the events of 9/11/2001, we decided life was short and we were...

Seats feature “old school” British coachbuilder construction.

Save on Seats

  One of the current projects at Gunners Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) involves redoing the interior in a 1968 Triumph TR250. This is a rare one-year-only British sports car, but high quality reproduction seat kits are available from several suppliers including Moss Motors (www.mossmotors.com), British Victoria (www.victoriabritish.com) and the Roadster factory (www.the-roadster-factory.com). From time to...