Author Archives: John Gunnell

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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...

As you can see, Challenger I still exists. It was at the 2013 SEMA Show along with a Mickey Thompson Mustang.

Mickey Movie

    As most car enthusiast know, the 100-year history of racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats has been temporarily suspended for the past year or so and it’s likely there won’t be any racing there in 2016. Potash mining has eroded the surface of the Bonneville Speedway. The salt that was 18 inches...

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Automotive Gallery opens In Green Bay, Wis.

  The Automobile Gallery (www.TheAutomobileGallery.org) opened its doors in downtown Green Bay on January 2. The Automobile Gallery combines the features of an auto museum, art gallery, events center and executive conference room. William “Red” Lewis of De Pere, Wis. built The Automobile Gallery. Lewis collected about 60 cars, restored them and set up...

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Fabrication seminars set for Green Bay, Wis.

Car and bike builders in the Midwest will have an opportunity to sit in on metal shaping seminars conducted by Ron Covell and other fabricators during the North East Wisconsin Motorama (www.newmotorama.com) in Green Bay, Wis., April 1-3. Local metalcrafters Matt Schmeizer of River City Iron Works LLC and Dave Byron of Spence Industries, Inc. will also be...

According to the sign at SEMA, Woody’s Hot Rodz built my dream car for the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals and Larry Burns of Greenup, Ken., won it.

Teen-age Dream Machine

  The Danchuk giveaway car built for the 2015 Tri-Five Nationals was at SEMA and it was my teen-age dream machine come to life. When I saw the metallic blue “post coupe” on display, I couldn’t believe how closely it resembled the car I wanted to make when I was 18 and got my...

Tom Kujava (in sun glasses) put on a summer Garage Session to show off Diamond Dave’s new digs.

TV Tommy

  There’s a guy in Green Bay, Wis., they call TV Tommy. He is neither an ex-Mouseketeer nor a drag racer (except with his Hemi ’48 Dodge coupe at stoplights), but he puts on an incredible show about once a month. Tommy Kujava is known to car guys for a community-access TV show he...

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The history of SEMA

SEMA started when Revell model company needed permission to print miniature decals for its car-model kits. At that time there was no organization to deal with auto aftermarket trade problems. Revell suggested using a model makers association as a model for a trade group. That group became known as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Assoc....

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Which porthole Buick would you pick?

  I get it! Like you pull up to the traffic light in a porthole Buick that looks like it escaped from a Mad Max movie, the light changes, you stomp the 750-hp HEMI hidden under the Buick’s hood and you blow the scissor doors off the poor kid’s tuner car. That fantasy has...

Courtney Hansen with the writer at the New Motorama Show in Green Bay, Wis., last April.

I wouldn’t be surprised

  I wouldn’t be surprised if TV star Courtney Hansen does show up at my “new” Gunner’s Great Garage building someday. I say this because all the pieces to this project have just been falling into place perfectly. But let’s do the flashback thing to explain what I’m talking about. A few years ago...