Author Archives: John Gunnell

Tales from the Yellowstone Trail – Day 6

Trail of Smoke   Friday started at the Comfort Inn in Oshkosh under cloudy skies. For the rest of the day, we would cloud the air a little bit more with white or black or blue exhaust smoke. Dave Sarna said, “That’s patriotic,” but there was no red smoke ever! The...

Yellowstone Trail Tour day 5

Dave & Bob Get the Oakland Rolling (and yes, she is old enough to smoke) Dave Sarna and I wanted to get to Gunner’s Great Garage by 8:30 so he could work on the Oakland engine. Bob Hansen (sen) starts work at that ungodly hour and would be there to help...

Yellowstone Trail Tour – Day 4

When we woke up it looked like it was going to rain. My 1917 Oakland has no side curtains (as well as no spare tire). So, we prayed for no rain as we continued on to Marshfield. Car collector Guy Carpenter, of Marshfield, called to tell us that he had arranged...

Yellowstone Adventure Day 3 – “That’s OK Day!”

  We started the day at the Cobblestone Inn in Chippewa Falls, Wis. We had stayed there instead of in Eau Claire, because Cadillac collector Rick Payton (owner of the ‘50s style Classic Garage restaurant) invited us to keep the 1917 Oakland Model 34 touring car in his shop overnight, in...

Miracle in Hudson

We made it to the arch in Hudson for the start of the Yellowstone Trail tour. Members of both the Lion’s Club and the Yellowstone Trail Association showed up. There were around 20 people, plus a hot rod and a Chevy Advanced-Design pickup truck of the early ’50s. Donuts, coffee and...

Oakland Raider

1917 Oakland to cross the Yellowstone Trail in Wisconsin We’ve been cranking to get my 1917 Oakland touring ready for a trip across Wisconsin. It’s part of a plan to celebrate the car’s 100th birthday. Dave Sarna, a Lions International member and former auto technology instructor at Fox Valley Technical College...

Young mechanics hope to do a SEMA show car

  It’s said that if you drive through Freedom, Wis., on a warm summer’s evening, you’ll see dozen of garage doors raised and people working on old cars. There’s a couple of reasons for this: Bob Abitz and Jay Abitz. Bob is Jay’s dad. He ran the auto shop at Freedom...