Author Archives: John Gunnell

Supercharged car collector Tom Perkins dies

  Thomas James “Tom” Perkins, the creator of a significant car collection and founding partner of legendary venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers, died on June 7 at age 84 following a lengthy illness. Perkins was born Jan. 7, 1932. His death was reported in Recode and The New York Times. Perkins put...

Shades of the Untouchables

  Some people are surprised that I never owned a muscle car. I once had a ’63 Chrysler Sport 300 that had a 383-cid big-block V-8. It was actually a pretty fast machine, but it was big and only had a two-barrel carb. I also had a 1984 Camaro Z/28, but I never considered...

Signed, sealed and delivered

  On May 16 we finished restoring a 1968 Triumph TR260 that we were very proud to have the opportunity to work on at Gunner’s Great Garage. The TR250 was the sixth model in the TR series, which started with the TR2. The TR3 came next, followed by an improved version called the TR3A....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...