Author Archives: John Gunnell

With 600+ ponies those “extra” two doors will just be a blur.

Young Gun

  Project LS Late Model Throttle, LLC is an idea that youthful owner Jeff Smith had in his brain that just had to get out. We ran into LMT at the Milwaukee World of Wheels a few weeks ago. Then we visited their website (www.latemodelthrottle.com) and became totally impressed. Smith says he has been...

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.

4-Doors For Iola: How about a Transcontinental?

  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. Now, there is a notion that four-door cars just aren’t very collectible. However, when...

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

Ligenfelter winds way to Windy City

Ken Ligenfelter stuffed a 660-hp engine package under the hood of the Karl Kustom Corvettes 67 Coupe (www.karlchevrolet.com) he had at the Chicago Auto Show. At first glance, the Pacific Blue car looked like a big-block ’67 Corvette, but there was a 2008 ‘Vette underneath. Ligenfelter also brought a red ‘14 ‘Vette fitted with...

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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 were collectible, while people who worked for auctions and insurance companies said they were...

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

Straight Axle Straight Shooter

  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 Fairgrounds and you can call Gary Duitman (1-920-579-0077) or Greg Freund (1-920-579-8450) for information...

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

You Can’t Take That away From Him

  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 coffee breaks in a small garage using borrowed tools. In other words, you want...

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

Gearheads on Ice

  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 (www.manawasnodeo.com) an ice racing venue held at Bear Lake Campgrounds (www.bearlakecampground.com) near the Gunner’s Great Garage restoration shop (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) in Manawa, Wis. No, they didn’t...

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

A New Toy Called The Uni-Dolly

  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 (www.uni-dolly.com) -or at least the accompanying photo. I had seen the Uni-Dolly at The SEMA Show for a couple of years. It was very similar to...

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

Buggin’ Out

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 great to see all the Corvettes, Ferraris, Duesenbergs, Packards and . . . ....

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

Young racers rock at USAC

  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 a stageful of young speed demons. I have eight grandkids of all sizes from...