Author Archives: John Gunnell

Stroker McGurh cartoonist Tom Medley passes away

Tom Medley enjoyed driving to hot rod events in his ‘40 Ford coupe.

Cartoonist, photographer and magazine publishing veteran Tom Medley, 93, passed away on the morning of March 3. More »

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Will new Mustang be as “fun” as the old ones?

The 2015 Mustang retains the traditional style grille and a hint of sculptured body side coves.

  Ford Motor Co. President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs addressed more than 600 Economic Club of Chicago members, guests and journalists to kickoff the 2014 Chicago Auto Show ( on Feb. 6, 2014. The open-to-the-public new-car event showcased some … More »

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Dodge got the girls right but where’s Mr. Norm?

Here’s Mr Norm with one of the original Dodge Girls back in the ‘60s or ‘70s.

  Around 1967 or so, dealers who sold Dodges were known as “The Dodge Boys.” It’s an image that would be politically incorrect today, but it sold cars back then. There were even “Dodge Girls” to sort of put smiles … More »

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First Mustang buyer beat the clock

  The first person to ever make a retail purchase of a Mustang played beat the clock. To generate excitement, the Mustang was unveiled at the New York World’s Fair on April Fool’s Day, but it’s official introductory date was … More »

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Illinois Institute of Technology goes racing

Alex Carlson put in long days last weekend hauling the electric racecar to the auto show and manning the booth there to tell the public about the program.

  People complain that the young people of today don’t like cars the way we did years ago. Alex Carson proves that isn’t always true. We met Alex at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 6. He was there with … More »

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Daytona may need image change with Toyota deal

The Toyota Camry is making inroads in NASCAR racing.

  The Daytona 500 is called “The Great American Race” but that may have to change as companies like Japanese automaker Toyota buy into the Florida speedway’s new “Daytona Rising” redo. Track officials describe the $400 million project a “reimagining … More »

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The miniest Mini was my favorite

I think I’ll also get one of these for my granddaughter Emily because it’s certain to turn her into to a car enthusiast.

One day last summer I was driving to see a car collector to do a story and I looked up to see about 50 of the modern Minis coming up the road. As the cars passed me, I noticed that … More »

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State Farm Garage insured having lots of ideas

The model car display unit was definitely very cool.

  A few years back, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company had a “Garage Makeover” Sweepstakes in which they gave away a $35,000 garage redo by a company called GarageMahals ( that hails from Scottsdale, Ariz. Someone at the insurance … More »

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Mustang goes ‘old school’ interactive in Chi-Town

Ford had about a half dozen Mustang pinball machines at the Chicago Auto Show.

  Ford must be selling Mustangs like hot cakes because there was a bunch of Mustang activity going on at the Chicago Auto Show last week. A word that you hear a lot at these shindigs is “interactive” and what … More »

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Thinking Big

The “outside” cars like this ’57 Chevy lure highway travelers in.

  Russ Noel of Country Classic Cars LLC ( thinks big. Why else would he have 500 vintage cars stuffed into four buildings along the pie-shaped juncture of Route 66 and I-55 in Staunton, Ill.? If you’ve driven past that … More »

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