Author Archives: John Gunnell

Here’s Dave Granger’s Henry J racer.

Hot Rod Henrys

  Mark Geske started working at my restoration shop in January and addition to having a lot of car fixing experience, he has a lot of cars himself. Two of them are modified Henry J’s; hot rod versions of a compact car that Kaiser Corporation built in the early 1950s. They are named for...

A 1909 Buick racing car. Racing played a big part in early Buick history.

My Favorite Car Museum

With apologies to all the other great collections across the country, my favorite car museum has always been the Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Hall of Fame” museum (www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com). There are bigger museums, there museums with more modern interactive technology and there are museums that are architectural triumphs that just bowl you over. I grew up...

Mark Kennison of D&D Classic Automobile Restoration (www.ddclassic.com) brought this boattailed Isotta-Fraschini to the show.

Restoration Representation

  For the last five years or so we have been regular attendees to the Hot Rod & Restoration trade show (www.hotrodshow.com) held annually in late March in Indianapolis. The show is aimed at introducing professional car builders to new products and the companies that make them. The old-car industry is very much in...

The car is built to 1969 NHRA Supercharged Gas rules and runs a Mooneyham 6:71 Blower with twin Quick-Fuel 850cfm alky carbs on a 427 Chevy/Dart block.

’37 Chevy ‘machined’ for the quarter mile

Louie Longhi is the Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Mechanic’s Local No. 701 Education & Training Program. Local 701 is a branch of the International Assoc. of Mechinists & Aerospace Workers. The local is based in Carol Stream, Ill. For some reason, there are a lot of car enthusiasts in that area...

Top Fuel fashion statement.

Auto artist wants to ‘go places’

We ran into auto artist Mary Watt Yeadon (www.marywattyeadon.com) at the Buick-Olds-Pontiac-Cadillac Swap Meet in St. Charles, Ill., a few weeks ago.  Yeadon started painting pictures of cars instead of wall murals around 2007. She has developed a technique of painting a single car and then giving the background behind the one car a...

We’re heading for ‘Little SEMA’

The Hot Rod & Restoration Show (www.hotrodshow.com) and the SEMA Show (www.SEMAShow.com) are organized by different folks, but we just can’t help thinking of the Hot Rod & Restoration Show as “Little SEMA.” And as everyone in the old car industry knows, SEMA is so super-sized so a little SEMA would still be gigantic....

The car has around 69,000 miles on the odometer.

‘Four-on-the-Door’ Mustang

You’ve heard of Mustangs with four-on-the-floor. They made a lot of those. But what about a Mustang with four-on-the-door?  Everyone said they had never heard of one, but Old Cars Weekly editor Angelo Van Bogart tracked one down. In fact, it was even listed for sale on eBay. We began thinking about whether Ford...

Alex Brown’s Olds reminded us that now is the time to invest in ‘70s cars.

Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile

Alex Brown of Milwaukee had his 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Brougham in the foyer at the 52nd annual Milwaukee World of Wheels. If you stopped to think about it, the amazing thing is that the show was more than twice as old as Alex’s car. Or another way to look at it is that collector...

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Johnny Parsons Jr. will be @ BRW

Johnny Parsons won the 1950 Indy 500. As you can see from the accompanying photo, his son Johnny Parsons Jr. was winning trophies in midget car races as early as 1957. He went on to carve out a successful career driving in other venues including the 500. Now he is going to drive to...

Zane Zander with his Nomad replica from a flyer he made up about the project.

Snow May Have Saved Nomad from Sinkhole

  Zane Zander of Brillion, Wis., feels lucky. Zander owns an accurate replica of the 1954 Corvette Nomad—the Corvette wagon dream car that was shown at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York during the Motorama Show 60 years ago. Zander and friends started building the replica in 1999. It took seven years to complete...