Author Archives: John Gunnell

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...

1948 Pontiac Streamliner.

Fox Valley Street Rods Visit Iola Area

  On Friday May 24 about 50 members of the Fox Valley Street Rod Assoc., of Grand Chute, Wis., came to a dirt airport in Ogdensburg to put on an impromptu car show and help Aviators by Design (www.aviatorsbydesign.com) draw attention to their STEM education program for teenagers interested in planes. The cars at...

This old diner sits in a Colorado park we visited.

Little House on the Prairie

In an earlier blog I wrote about our recent trip to Colorado to get things moving on a Coleman Four Wheel Drive truck book. Buck Kamphausen grew up in Littleton, Colo., where these trucks were made and has become a real Coleman enthusiast. In addition to the book concept, Buck is building a nice...

Chet Krause’s little Rambler.

Ramblin’ Man

  I feel like a Ramblin’ Man lately. I’ve been driving or flying all over the country and it seems like every time I turn around, there is a Rambler within sight. It started late in April (when you’re traveling a lot, the exact dates get cloudy) when I went to Hartford, Wis., for...

This is the Nash chassis and running gear at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum.

Nash-ional News: Save the Car in the Woods

  Every time I go to the “Kissel Museum” in Hartford, Wis., the place gets better and seems to have something new added to its name. It’s called the Wisconsin Automobile Museum (www.wisconsinautomuseum.com). It was also known as Hartford Heritage. Some call it the Kissel Museum and others think of it as the Nash...

This 1923 Hispano Suiza has four doors and four rear wheels. It is part of Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation.

Six-wheel six with four doors

  Here’s a four-door car that would cause quite a stir if it came to Iola 2014 (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) as a part of this year’s “Four for All in ‘14” theme exhibit. This 1923 Hispano Suiza H5A Victoria Town car has a six cylinder engine and six wheels and tires, but only four doors. They’re...