Author Archives: John Gunnell

This was not all of the Model As, but it was the better ones. Each license plate you see behind them was removed from the rafters and mounted on plywood panels by the hardworking Auctions America staff.

First look: Hartung Auction photos

Old Cars Weekly auction reporter Ron Kowalke was heading for the Lee Roy Hartung Collection Auction in Glenview, Ill., about the same time we returned from the Nov. 2 auction preview. Ron will be providing the prices realized very soon, but in the meantime here’s a peek at this unique accumulation of cars, parts,...

SPRINGFIELD RACEWAY-BOLIVAR SPEEDWAY TOW TRUCK

I just bought a ’75 Ford F350 Tow truck that was owned by Lee Robinson who operated Lee’s Amoco Service Center at Grant and Commercial in Springfield, MO This truck was used at Springfield Dirt Track (now Springfield Raceway) and Bolivar Speedway in the late ’70s. The 2-owner truck has a 390 4-speed and...

“EVERYDAY” MODEL A

Jonathan Klinger is a young man who drives an old car every day. My son Jesse drives n old car, too, but Jonathn’s daily driver is ancient compared to Jesse’s ’89 Olds Toronado. It’s a Model A Ford. Jonathan’s plan is to drive the old Depression-era Ford for 365 days between Oct. 2010 and...

TGIF

Thank goodness it’s Friday. This old car “business” will run you into the ground if you let it. On Monday my friend Guy Morice delivered the ’75 Ford tow truck I bought on eBay. On Tuesday I visited Dick and Ed Casar at Done-Rite Automotive www.doneriteautomotive.com in Mosinee to get help with a “Bolt-on HP”...

SYMCO STOP OFF

The third Symco Shakedown will be taking place just two miles from Gunner’s Great Garage on August 12-13. The Shakedown is a “traditional” hot hot show and is held in a very unique place called Unionville. This is best described as a privately owned antique village filled with old buildings, antique tractors, steam traction...

ALMOST DEJAVU

My first car was a ’55 Chevy Two-Ten Del Ray two-door sedan. It was green with a white roof and had the 265-CID Small-block V-8 and Powerglide automatic transmission. I got the car from my grandfather and did not really have it very long. I had seven flat tires the week I started driving...

AMC WORLD MEET SHOW TODAY

I got up early today so I can take a ride to Kenosha where the AMC World Meet is kicking off at the Kenosha Historical Society at 9 am. This event is put on by the city of Kenosha rather than an AMC club or group of AMC clubs. 500 cars are expected. It’s...

PONTIAC-OAKLAND MUSEUM

No real adventure this past weekend. I drove my 1953 Pontiac Catalina down to the opening of the Pontiac-Oakland Museum. Down to? Yup! It’s in Pontiac, Illinois– not Michigan! Seems that the Illinois city had some cash in the coffer due to its big recycling center and wanted to invest it in tourism. My...

MG MIDGET IS 50 YEARS OLD

The owner’s manual for my MGTF calls it a ” Midget,” but to most people the MG Midget first came out in 1961, which makes it 50 years old. That’s “young” for a car and the “Spridget” club I spoke to last Monday evening reflects this. That term is a combination of Sprite and...

GUNNIVER’S TRAVELS Part 2

So after all the struggles getting to and during the vintage races at Elkhart Lake, I’m staying over in the area to give a talk to the MG Midget Club tomorrow afternoon. I had a pleasant dinner at Nino’s steakhouse in Sheboygan (the last restaurant in a historic chain) and after tapping the iPad...