Author Archives: John Gunnell

This 1957 Nomad was a good buy and a great investment.

All new for ’57

By John Gunnell   Chevy’s new-for-1957 models were in tune with their times. They had a hipper, more youthful, tail-finned look that was “radical” for America’s bread-and-butter “family” car. “’57 Chevrolet! Sweet, smooth and sassy,” said one ad. “Chevy goes ‘em all one better for ’57 with a daring new departure in design (looks...

Most of the 480 cars at the Olds meet had their hoods raised.

Hate those hoods!

By John Gunnell   You cannot take a nice photo of a car that has its hood up. It’s impossible. Today most cars are probably designed by a computer and they look it. Years ago, cars were designed by teams of artists and engineers who poured their hearts into every curve and feature line....

Ken Nimmock’s classy-looking ’37 Chevy is a knock-out beauty.

Blue Indigo

By John Gunnell The car was way different than the ’57 Olds of my past, but the color was remarkably the same and just as pretty as I remembered it. When I was a kid growing up in South Beach, on Staten Island, N.Y., there was a hot rod club called The Drifters. Some...

One of many vintage campers at the 2015 Symco Shakedown

Vintage Camping is Campy

By John Gunnell I’ve never been accused of being ahead of the curve, and if I had that ability, I’d be rich. But I did pen a book about vintage recreational vehicles way back in 1981. It was published by TAB—a company that did tiny books and it had a name bigger than the...

New Motorama promoter Rick Paulick.

New Motorama Announces 2016 Dates

By John Gunnell Last year Corvette salesman Rick Paulick came to see me at Gunner’s Great Garage. He said he was starting a new indoor car show in Green Bay, Wis. For years the “World of Wheels” had given the city an indoor show in early spring, but then that event left the Green...

Tommy’s ’48 Dodge three-passenger coupe with its purple paint and yellow flames.

Cut to the Chase

By John Gunnell TV Tommy Kujava said that this month’s Garage Session was in Pulaski, Wis. So I headed up there and the GPS wound up leading me right thru town and out the other end. So, I kept going about another three miles until the sign said I was in Chase. I never...

Over 150 Triumphs made it to the VTR Meet.

Triumphant

By John Gunnell The Vintage Triumph Register filled Lake Geneva, Wis., with Triumphs last week. I almost said “Triumph sports car,” but that would not have been accurate because there were such rides as a Herald convertible, a Super Six convertible and a very rare Triumph Italia that looked like a Ferrari. Of course,...

Traditional tractors and traditional hot rod.

Fun, Fun, Fun

By John Gunnell The 2015 Symco Shakedown shook of two inches of rain on Friday to become a fun-fun-fun show with Betty Boop look-alike pin-up girls, outrageous bands and a gigantic swap meet. It was year seven this traditional hot rod show. “Traditional” hot rods are those built with only equipment that was available...

Vintage Works new facility has signage outside advertising it’s services.

The “Furniture Store”

By John Gunnell To me it looks like a furniture store, but Vintage Works (www.vintageworks.com) new facility north of Green Bay, Wis. is a fabulous showroom and shop set up to help old-car enthusiasts get projects done. Vintage Works has been gaining a lot of traction with restorers and car builders around Green Bay....

1930 Model A For five-window coupe.

Who Knew?

By John Gunnell Who knew that in a barn less than five miles from Old Cars Weekly headquarters a pair of nice and very collectible 1930s cars were residing in a non-descript shed just waiting to come out into the light of day again? Before the owner of these cars passed away, he gave...