Author Archives: John Gunnell

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...

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....

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 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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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....