Author Archives: John Gunnell

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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)....

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...

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...