Author Archives: John Gunnell

Two out of three ain’t bad

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 17, 2008 issue Retired auto body shop owner Bill Truka, of Des Plaines, Ill., likes prewar Chrysler cars. In fact, at one time he owned 30 of them. But, his latest project is just a bit out of the ordinary for Bill. It’s a prewar model and a...

Baraboo features trucks big and small

  Wisconsin’s “Circus City” hosted dozens of trucks of all sizes. When the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society held its annual Baraboo Truck Show June 3-4. Baraboo, Wis. is the birthplace of the Ringling Bros. Circus and there was a Mack Bulldog truck at the show from the city’s Circus...

A New Show That’s Bound to Grow

    This first edition of an event called Vintage Pipes & Stripes was held at the Waupaca County Fairgrounds in Weyauwega, Wis., June 10-11. Aimed at the “old school” hot rod niche, the kick-off venue had a little bit of everything for everybody. Many of the vehicles that came to the show fell...

The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin

    The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin is a non-profit chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America. The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin was the third chartered chapter of the national organization and has been in continuous operation since 1977. The chapter says that its goal is to preserve and enjoy the cars of Oldsmobile....

New rent-a-car-project service

  If any of you folks reading this need a project, I have one for you. I’ve got more projects than I can handle and I’ll probably buy another one before I finish the first project. So, I think I’ll start a rent-a-project service so you can have fun and I can sit back...

Rumble in the Park points to new directions

    Car shows are changing these days. More and more, they are becoming entertainment events in addition to being static displays of classic and specialty vehicles The cars are still an important ingredient, but people also want to be entertained when they go to a car show. “Rumble in the Park” is a...

It takes a village: Average Joe Car Show

    Troy goes by the name “Lucky.” He has a shop on the highway in Weyauwega, Wis., where he sells automobilia, petroliana and car gift items. Every June, for the past couple of years, he has put on an event called The Average Joe Car Show. Lucky’s shop is one of a group...

Cadillac Allante Convertible “Bar Car”

  When we were young our friends used to have what they called “bar cars.” When we grew up in New York the drinking age was a few years higher than it was in nearby New Jersey. So, our friends who liked the drink would draw straws to pick a driver who would not...

One car didn’t make it to Omro

  At least one old car didn’t make it to the car show in Omro, Wis., on Memorial Day. We know that, because we were riding in it when it broke down. There was a big clunk as the ’53 Pontiac Catalina sped down the highway. Then, there was a feeling of “hesitation,” but...

Telephone Booths with Wheels

A few weeks ago Dave Lefeber was at a car show in Hartford with his 1929 Detroit Electric Model 98 FD. Dave bought his car on June 27, 1978 from an advertisement in Old Cars Weekly. It may turn out to be one of the wisest investments he ever made. For some reason, the...