Author Archives: John Gunnell

Purple Hot Rod Hemi

Brian Young’s friends and family members helped him build this car.

Brian Young spent three decades building his purple, Hemi-powered Ford coupe. The project was a family affair. Every part of his ‘30 Model A has links to family or friends. The history of the hot rod goes way back to … More »

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Dodge Boys play muscle card—let’s bring back Pontiac!

Hellcat is the fastest muscle car ever.

Car enthusiasts have been chatting online about the soon-to-be-released Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This modern supercharged muscle car with its 6.2-liter V-8 makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The National Hot Rod Assoc., says it will do the … More »

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Volvo collectors set to gather in Milwaukee

Volvos at Wisconsin’s Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com)

  The Volvo Sports America club (www.vsa.org) will take part in The Milwaukee Masterpiece (milwaukeemasterpiece.com) Club Day Aug. 23. Jim Perry, president of the club’s Wisconsin chapter, says that members from across the country will be coming to the show … More »

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Sweet Painted Ladies

Modern basecoat-clearcoat paint on an older car looks great, but does it make the car look “factory?”

Today at a car show we met a man who is anxious to get his late-1940s Mopar painted. We walked down the rows and rows of restored cars and he agreed that most of the paint work on the vehicles … More »

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Driving Miss Daisy

This Hudson collecting family wasn’t afraid to take to the road in their Hornet convertible.

  Wikipedia tells us that Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as Hoke Colburn … More »

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Could have been worse

Kurt Kelsey of Iowa City, Iowa, is an old friend and a big dealer in NOS Pontiac parts. A few weeks ago, while driving my ’53 Catalina to the Pontiac club (www.poci.org) convention, I heard a ratting noise under the … More »

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Wisconsin Auto Museum

  The Wisconsin Automotive Museum (www.wisconsinautomuseum.com) is a great place to stop when traveling to or from the Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com). The museum located near downtown Hartford, Wis., provides a rare opportunity to see the largest assembled group … More »

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A New Old-Car Adventure – ’49 Studebaker

The 1949 Studebaker Commander looks nice, but may need an engine.

Back on May 13 we told you about our trip to Kelsey Tire Co. (www.kelseytire.com) in the Lake of the Ozarks area and how we were looking for an old car that my son Jesse could squeeze into his budget. … More »

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Right up the road to Bear Creek

Dave Yaeger’s red and white 1955 Ford Crown Vic.

Bear Creek is a farming town in Waupaca County, Wis., that’s like many other rural villages in America. It has a population of 838 people and not a lot to do on a Friday night, so an old-car show is … More »

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Fox Valley Street Rods Visit Iola Area

1948 Pontiac Streamliner.

  On Friday May 24 about 50 members of the Fox Valley Street Rod Assoc., of Grand Chute, Wis., came to a dirt airport in Ogdensburg to put on an impromptu car show and help Aviators by Design (www.aviatorsbydesign.com) draw … More »

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