Author Archives: John Gunnell

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Car of the Week – 1967 ‘Cherokee’ Camaro

    The Cherokee show car is the perfect vehicle to spotlight for the Camaro’s 50th anniversary this year. Ford invented the “pony car” with the 1965 Mustang. GM was playing catch-up. One idea was to make potential buyers think of the Camaro as a “cousin” to the Corvette. But, another way to promote...

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Detroit art show highlights Corvette concepts

  DETROIT _ A new art exhibition called, “American Dreaming, Corvette: 7 Generations and Beyond,” will be hosted through Feb. 18 at The Scarab Club in Detroit to complement the 2017 Detroit International Auto Show. The artworks on display will consist of original design drawings and models created by General Motors stylists between 1952...

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Giving back

Mecum lends helping hand to student You can tell that the collector car industry is changing as 2017 kicks off. There’s a maturity settling into the specialty car field with involved professionals looking beyond immediate profits and giving thought to what the future holds for a pastime that for many is transitioning from a...

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2016 in Review – Trucks

Haulers getting their due on show circuit In 1998, the automotive world underwent an historic change. According to figures complied by Wards Auto, that was the year that the production of trucks in North America exceeded the production of passenger cars. It was the first time automobile factories built more trucks than cars and...

Remembering Brock Yates and his ride in a Duesy

It is always sad when someone who was just always full of fun passes away. Automotive writer Brock Yates was very much a fun person until he died on Oct. 5 from complications of Alzheimer’s. Yates was 82. The upstate New Yorker created the idea of the cross-country Cannonball Run. Then, he wrote Burt...

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Street Cars of Desire

  You can tell when you’ve arrived at Lou Natenshon’s annual open house in a town north of Chicago. The streets around Lou’s house are lined with cars you probably desired to own since you started collecting Matchbox or Hot Wheels toy cars. You never know what will show of at Lou’s mid-May shindig....

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TV star Ryan Evans is spending time in Wisconsin

Last week at the NEW Motorama show in Green Bay, Old Cars Weekly ran into Ryan Evans from Counts Kustoms in Las Vegas. Evans is going to return to Wisconsin in July for the Iola Old Car Show, where he’ll be appearing in the Vintage Works (www.vintageworks.com) exhibit at the show. Ryan came to...

The ’57 Century was a pretty nice car and every once in awhile Jesse wishes he still owned it.

The one we let get away

  When my son Jesse and I saw a car named “Roadmaster ‘57” parked in the SEMA Car Crazy Showcase outside Las Vegas Convention Center, we shot looks at each other and didn’t say a word. The customized dark bronze ’57 Buick Roadmaster hardtop was exactly what we dreamed of turning Jesse’s ’57 Century...

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...