Author Archives: John Gunnell

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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...

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...