Author Archives: John Gunnell

4-Doors For Iola: How about a Transcontinental?

The 1957 Pontiac Custom Star Chief Safari Transcontinental station wagon has a long name and an equally long list of people who would love to see one show up at the 2014 Iola Old Car Show.

  The Midwest’s largest old car show held will again be held in Iola — the headquarters of Old Cars Weekly — on the second weekend in July. This year’s theme “Four for all in ‘14” will spotlight four-door vehicles. … More »

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Ligenfelter winds way to Windy City

The Pacific Blue Karl Kustom Corvettes 67 Coupe in Chicago featured Ligenfelter’s 660-hp Z06 Corvette engine package.

Ken Ligenfelter stuffed a 660-hp engine package under the hood of the Karl Kustom Corvettes 67 Coupe ( he had at the Chicago Auto Show. At first glance, the Pacific Blue car looked like a big-block ’67 Corvette, but there … More »

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Sling Shot Shuffle


Going back about 3-1/2 years,  we penned an article called “Dragsters Get ‘Back in the Race’ as Collectibles” for which we interviewed 10 people on the topic of collecting vintage dragsters. In general, the people who owned dragsters said they … More »

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Straight Axle Straight Shooter

The Rebel Rouser ’55 is sure to rouse some passions when finished.

  It’s almost time for the Fondy Vintage Auto Club’s “Auto Parts Swap Meet,” which is one of the first collector car events in central Wisconsin each year. It is set for March 16 at the Fond du Lac County … More »

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You Can’t Take That away From Him

A ’40 Merc that Willie G. Davidson took to the show was our favorite car.

  Somehow, when you pick your favorite classic or hot rod at a car show, you want it to belong to a person who works nights sweeping sawdust off the floor and who built the car on his or her … More »

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Gearheads on Ice

When you’re racing a motorcycle on ice there’s not much of a friction zone.

  We’re having a record rough winter up here in Iola, so what’s a gearhead to do? This past weekend we spent three long, cold days at the Snodeo ( an ice racing venue held at Bear Lake Campgrounds ( … More »

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A New Toy Called The Uni-Dolly

We were careful to make sure the frame cleared the Uni-Dolly units.

  Last week I got a new toy called the Uni-Dolly. Before you go thinking I bought a plastic blow up lady, take a look at the Website ( -or at least the accompanying photo. I had seen the Uni-Dolly … More »

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Buggin’ Out

Six-figure Kombi Campers in museums? Maybe I sold my ’67 too soon.

I’ll tell you I’m freakin’ out over the Volkswagen end of the car collecting hobby. When I went to SEMA in 2012, I stopped by the Imperial Palace (now called The Quad) to see The Auto Collections there. It was … More »

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Young racers rock at USAC

The USAC Honda .25 Midget “Generation Next” National Champions filed the stage.

  USAC’s 58th “Night of Champions” National Awards Dinner in December was great. Want to know why? Not for all the awards copped by the nation’s top oval track racers. Instead, the real highlight was the awards taken home by … More »

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Resto series: Camaro blast off

1108-01 Blasting (07)

Restorers want to save as much of the factory original sheet metal as possible. This means cleaning off all of the rust and corrosion. However, if the oxidation has reached a certain point, the metal will be rusted through and can’t be saved. Let’s follow a first-time restorer through the sand-blasting process. More »

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