Author Archives: John Gunnell

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...

A scene from the Manawa Mustang Round Up.

Mustang Magic

By John Gunnell The debate has always been whether the first Mustang was a 1964-1/2 or a 1965 model. We all know the “pony car” was introduced at the New York World’s Fair on April 1, 1964, but the cars all had 1965 VINs. So, if all the first run Mustangs were ’65 models,...

This Lark showed up at the Manawa Downtown Car Show in Manawa, Wis.

On A Lark

By John Gunnell We were in the 6th grade when the American “compact cars” were being developed in Detroit. Well, we shouldn’t say “Detroit” because the first of the car to hit the market was the Studebaker Lark—and it was built in South Bend, Ind. Now for history’s sake, we should point out that...

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Take a Kid to a Race Car

By John Gunnell Look at the smile on the face of this young man sitting in a vintage Indy racing car at the Harry A. Miller Club’s (www.harrymillerclub.com) annual meet in Milwaukee on the second weekend in July. As we all know, the graying of our hobby has been a problem for the old-car...

Originality takes a back seat to drivability in the Studebaker Drivers Club.

Studebaker Club is Driven to Success

By John Gunnell There are two types of cars in the old-car hobby, the ones that ride from show to show inside a trailer and the ones that are driven and enjoyed as running and functioning road machines. The Studebaker Drivers Club (www.studebakerdriversclub.com) is a successful hobby organization that has built its membership on...

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Cadillac: GM’s Marque of Excellence

By John Gunnell While attending the Cadillac & LaSalle Club’s recent convention in Brookfield, Wis., I was struck by the fact that so many cars in the show were unrestored originals in nearly perfect condition. This made it clear that people still consider a Cadillac to be GM’s Marque of Excellence. It is still...