Author Archives: John Gunnell

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...

This is a wooden pattern for a vintage motorcycle cylinder head.

Casting About

  We met the Shudy Brothers (www.pinecellarmfg.com) at the Spring Jefferson Swap Meet while they were “casting about” for new business. Well, actually, casting is their business; casting parts for old cars and motorcycles from aluminum that is. When we attended Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., about 50 years ago, we had...

“Flaming Chicken” hood decal raised the temperature a few degrees.

Red Hot Trans Am

  Perry Pegararo brought a red hot Pontiac Trans Am to the World of Wheels in Milwaukee and set his shirt on fire with it. Or at least it seemed like he did. Perry hails from Greenfield, Wis., and his cat is a ’74 model. Perry’s car originally came out of Koons Pontiac-Oldsmobile in...

The 8 Ball was a hit at the Milwaukee World of Wheels.

8 Ball Special

  Jack Safro’s “8 Ball Special” pays tribute to early modified racing cars. His son John Safro built the car secretly for Jack over a three-year period. John tried hard to keep it a secret. However, Jack saw the car at a place called Tom’s Auto Body and told the owner Tom that it...

The 245.9 cid Big Six has engineering that dates back to the Erskine of the 1930s. It is a heavy six-cylinder motor. So we used hefty chains to lift it.

2-Engine F-150 (or Studebaker Big Six in the back)

  For the past week or so we’ve been driving a very rare vehicle—a 2013 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with two engines. The engines included the 302-cid Ford V-8 under the hood of the truck and the Studebaker “Big Six” under the fiberglass tonneau cover. Amazing, just a few months ago, the Studebaker engine...

‘Vette museum inducts Fishel, Hendricks, McLean

The National Corvette Museum has inducted Herb Fishel, Rick Hendrick and Russ McLean into the Corvette Hall of Fame. The awards are for Racing, Enthusiast and GM/Chevrolet, respectively. The three will be recognized at a Sept. 4, 2015, ceremony as part of the National Corvette Museum’s 21st birthday celebration. It will be the 18th...

Rick Paulick (left) visited Gunner’s Great Garage to tell us about his new show.

New Motorama Starting to Grow

  So far we are having a mostly mild winter in the upper Midwest this year and this has been bringing lots of visitors to Gunner’s Great Garage. One person who stopped by recently was Rick Paulick, who is trying to fill the vacuum that was created when the “World of Wheels” left Green...