Author Archives: John Gunnell

If we had our way back in the ‘50s, Dad’s Ford would have looked like this.

Not my Father’s Ford

  The red and white ’57 Ford stock car at the 2015 Iola Old Car Show was not my father’s Ford! Instead, it was what we wanted to do with my father’s Ford. Let me explain. One day in about 1959, Dad decided it was about time to get the family a new car....

Ed Fallon of Cave Creek, Ariz., brought the Panhard to Iola.

French Fried

  We have to admit that it was one of the most unusual cars we have ever seen at the Iola Old Car Show. In fact, there was something “other worldly” about a 1932 Panhard et Levassor 6DS sedan frying in the hot sun in a former hayfield outside a tiny Wisconsin village. When...

About 250 Cadillacs that came to town for a national Cadillac LaSalle Club meet filled the parking lot of the Milwaukee Sheraton.

Talking Cadillacs

  This former Old Cars Weekly editor joined current Old Cars Weekly editor Angelo Van Bogart at the Cadillac LaSalle Club Grand National meet in Milwaukee last week. Whenever Angelo and myself get together, we have a lot of mutual respect for what we did during our editorial tenures, but there’s also an age...

The beginning phase of our MG Magnette teardown. This was in 2006 and the car is still in pieces today.

It Could’ve Been Me—It Could’ve Been You

  We admit to being lazy. A few years ago we purchased an unusual car at the Iola Old Car Show. It was a 1957 MG Magnette ZB Varitone Saloon. How’s that for a long name that drives my spell checker absolutely wild? The MG Magnette bowed in 1954 at a big new-car show...

The ’56 DKW 3=6 Drophead Coupe has a smiley disposition.

DKW shows up at BK and gets OK from car guys

  It isn’t every day that a 1956 DKW convertible shows up at our Burger King Cruise Night. A local enthusiast named Tim Buttles, who is very good at low-buck restorations, brought the just-finished car out for the first time recently. The car had belonged for years to an Iola resident named Lee Bestul....

Jeff’s 1973 Karmann-Ghia. He has the original wheels and lots of Ghia parts.

Jeff’s Cars

  Jeff came to see us a few months ago about restoring a Triumph TR250. He is in the construction trades, but he takes care of a Chicago businessman’s summer place in Wisconsin. He also takes care of the man’s boats and cars. So, Jeff brought us the car to work on. Like many...

Interest in dune buggies is very high and prices are trending up.

Car Artist Bruce Meyers Created the Dune Buggy

  Fame is a funny thing. When Bruce Meyers went to art school he might have dreamed of being a famous artist one day. He did become famous for one of his artworks, but it wasn’t a charcoal sketch or a piece of sculpture. It was the Meyer’s Manx dune buggy, an open fiberglass...

Ann Marie Olson likes to wear hats and period dress when she drives “Walt” to car shows like Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party.”

Lafayette Lady

  Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party” car show was June 7 in Jefferson, Wis. Unfortunately, we were on the road that day, but we did make the same event back in 2011. That was the year that a 1937 Nash Lafayette named “Walt” showed up at the Graduation Party. A man originally purchased Walt, but...

When we are working on this Triumph TR250’s rear suspension and drive line, we keep our Moss Motors and Victoria British catalogs nearby.

Mail Order Masterpieces

  The next time you see a beautifully restored MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Sunbeam or Datsun Z car, think to yourself “I’m looking at a Mail Order Masterpiece!” Unlike a lot of American iron, these imports are fairly easy to get parts for. All you have to do is pick up the catalogs that...

We loved the jalopy stock car races.

Coupes and Boops

  We made our first trip to Vintage Torque Fest in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 1-2 and it won’t be our last. Promoter John Wells puts on this “traditional hot rod” event to raise money to help families that have kids with congenital heart disease. He must do a pretty good job raising bucks...