Car Blogs

Old Cars Weekly’s car blogs provide an insider’s look at collecting and maintaining classic cars. Get involved with the classic car enthusiast communities surrounding these car blogs: Tire Tracks featuring new blogger and editor Mike Eppinger, Under the Hood with Angelo Van Bogart, Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell, A Note from the Li’l Nordstrom’s Gal with Yvette VanDerBrink, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

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One car didn’t make it to Omro

  At least one old car didn’t make it to the car show in Omro, Wis., on Memorial Day. We know that, because we were riding in it when it broke down. There was a big clunk as the ’53 Pontiac Catalina sped down the highway. Then, there was a feeling of “hesitation,” but...

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Telephone Booths with Wheels

A few weeks ago Dave Lefeber was at a car show in Hartford with his 1929 Detroit Electric Model 98 FD. Dave bought his car on June 27, 1978 from an advertisement in Old Cars Weekly. It may turn out to be one of the wisest investments he ever made. For some reason, the...

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4-H Club Bug Project

This is not a story about a 4-H Club project involving an ant farm or the life cycle of a honey bee. It’s about a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle that was beautifully restored by a young man from Iowa. It also involves Grant Davidson’s father, who helped him with certain aspects of the restoration, although...

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Shades of the Untouchables

  Some people are surprised that I never owned a muscle car. I once had a ’63 Chrysler Sport 300 that had a 383-cid big-block V-8. It was actually a pretty fast machine, but it was big and only had a two-barrel carb. I also had a 1984 Camaro Z/28, but I never considered...

When you are staring at a crossroads

Those around me know I am a wagon guy at heart. Although I have never owned any of the classics, I have always tended to gravitate towards the size and presence of a wagon. They just seem to “fit” my personality and needs. I own a 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T and have had it...

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Signed, sealed and delivered

  On May 16 we finished restoring a 1968 Triumph TR260 that we were very proud to have the opportunity to work on at Gunner’s Great Garage. The TR250 was the sixth model in the TR series, which started with the TR2. The TR3 came next, followed by an improved version called the TR3A....

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Geneva show seeking BMWs, Twin Sixes and Shelbys

We ran into old friends Bob and Sheila Joynt at Lou Natenshon’s Open House and were very happy to see both of them after several years. They asked Old Cars Weekly if we knew of any interesting BMWs that might fit into one of their themes this year. That sounded like an open invitation...

A 1996 staff photo of James T. Lenzke.

In memoriam: James T. Lenzke, 1941-2016

It is with great sadness that the Old Cars Weekly staff reports the passing of one of its own. On May 26, retired editor James T. Lenzke of Iola, Wis., died after a fall in his home. Lenzke joined the Old Cars Weekly staff of Krause Publications on Oct. 22, 1984, as a sales...

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The King Thing

  The King Thing is easy to understand. It’s an annual celebration of the guys and gals who fought for our freedom in wars gone by. King Veterans Home is located on the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca, Wis. And the car show that takes place there in mid-May really is a party. Old...

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Street Cars of Desire

  You can tell when you’ve arrived at Lou Natenshon’s annual open house in a town north of Chicago. The streets around Lou’s house are lined with cars you probably desired to own since you started collecting Matchbox or Hot Wheels toy cars. You never know what will show of at Lou’s mid-May shindig....