Author Archives: John Gunnell

Robby Unser and the Speedway Motors ’65 Nova.

Robby Unser will drive Speedway Motors ’65 Nova

Robby Unser makes his Goodguys AutoCross debut at the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals in Ft. Worth, Texas. Unser’s appearance represents Speedway Motors’ first foray into Goodguys AutoCross competition. Robby Unser will pilot the Speedway Motors G-Comp ’65 Nova outfitted with Speedway Motor’s new G-Comp Front Suspension Kit and a full complement of AFCO coil-over...

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

Purple Hot Rod Hemi

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 1984 when Brian’s brother Marty brought the all-steel five-window coupe to Wisconsin from Arizona....

Hellcat is the fastest muscle car ever.

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

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 quarter-mile in 10.6 sec. at 126 mph right out of the box. So, it...

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

Volvo collectors set to gather in Milwaukee

  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 in Milwaukee’s Veterans Park. Club president Tony D’Agostino decided to roll out a local...

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

Sweet Painted Ladies

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 was well done and good looking, but he also thought most of the cars...

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

Driving Miss Daisy

  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 (whom he also portrayed in the play) and Jessica Tandy playing Miss Daisy. The...

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 car and figured I might need a U-joint. As soon as I could, I...

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 of Kissel luxury automobiles on display anywhere in the United States and possibly the...

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

A New Old-Car Adventure – ’49 Studebaker

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. Now, we know the wisdom of paying a little more to get a much...

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

Right up the road to Bear Creek

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 a big thing. In small towns like Bear Creek, a lot of people fix...