Author Archives: John Gunnell

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The King Thing

  The King Thing is easy to understand. It’s an annual celebration of the guys and gals who fought for our freedom in wars gone by. King Veterans Home is located on the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca, Wis. And the car show that takes place there in mid-May really is a party. Old...

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Wisconsin DOT official meets with hobbyists

  The Automobile Gallery hosted a special vehicle equipment standards meeting for Northeast Wisconsin car hobbyists. Sergeant Mark J. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of State Patrol presented an informed discussion of how and why such standards are enforced. About 45 collectors and hot rodders came to downtown Green Bay for...

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Starting Them Young

  One of the many successful promotions conducted at the NEW Motorama show (www.newmotorama.com) in Green Bay, Wis., April 1-3 was the Build-Your-Own-Racing-Car giveaway for kids. This promotion was teamed up with the metal shaping seminars that Ron Covell, Dave Byron and Matt Schmelzer conducted all weekend long. The Freedom High School Auto Club...

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Restoration parts pioneer Ralph Eckler dies

Well-known automotive parts supplier Howard “Ralph” Eckler, 74, the owner of Eckler Industries, died April 23. In 1961, Eckler’s company — then called Eckler’s Corvette Parts — started as an outgrowth of a one-man body shop that he operated in Rock Island. In 1972, Eckler published his first parts catalog and it became a...

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Vintage Pipes & Stripes set for June 10-11

    And the award for the swoopiest fenders on an old pickup truck goes to Brian of the new Vintage Pipes & Stripes show . . . Actually, the Vintage Pipes & Stripes folks will be giving that pickup away at their soon-to-be-launched hot rod show near Old Cars Weekly headquarters. Old Cars...

Russ Nockerts was the overall Grand Champion and took home $1,000 cash with his customized ‘56 Chevy pickup called "Dixie Jane."

The (car) show must go on

“The show must go on,” is the creed of a good event promoter-and that goes for car show organizers like Rick Paulick, of Green Bay, Wis. A Corvette salesman by day, in 2015 Rick launched an indoor car show called NEW Motorama. The second edition of the show, in early April, was both a...

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Second NEW Motorama Takes the Cake

  About a year ago, a fellow named Rick Paulick came to visit us at Gunner’s Great Garage. Rick worked at a small Chevy dealer near Green Bay and sold more Corvettes than anyone else in the state. He said he was going to work the same kind of magic with a new indoor...

Fox Valley Road & Track Classic moves to fall

Fox Valley Road & Track Classic moves to fall The annual Fox Valley Road and Track Classic, which is normally run in the spring, will be changing to a fall event this year. According to organizer Roy N. Fine, the tour-which traditionally goes from Neenah, Wis., to Road America a Elkhart Lake-will be held on...

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Missing in Action

  Since about the end of December, I have been “missing in action” as far as writing this blog goes. I’m sorry about this, but sometimes life gets a little overwhelming and it’s hard to keep up with it all. This winter wasn’t a bad one here in Wisconsin, but for a while there,...

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Another Indy 500 Centennial arrives this year

The year 2016 will bring us the 100th Indy 500 race on May 29, 2016. We have only been to the 500 once, in 1984. It was something that was on our “bucket list” for a long time. In 1984, we went on the Great American Race (now called Great Race). That year the...