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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 all three car blogs: 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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Head West, Lou: The Auto Gallery Museum Auction

  The saying goes, “Boys and their Toys.” It seems that boys who played with cars when younger, well the toys just get bigger as they get older. This is true for Louie Savaglio. He grew up behind a body shop and loved going over there and watching them fix those cars. He was...

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Amazing barn finds, muscle and more at Automania

The summer is always packed full of car auctions and shows in the U.S. VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC has been asked to conduct a classic vehicle, motorcycle and more consignment auction during one of the Midwest’s largest FREE car shows on June 27 in Brandon, S.D. Just 10 miles from where Yvette grew up, will...

A sinkhole opened up in the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. Thankfully, only this scale model was found inside.

Breaking: Sinkhole opens at National Packard Museum

Sink Hole Opens at National Packard Museum Warren, Ohio: A guest at the National Packard Museum discovered a sink hole in the north parking lot of the museum and brought it to the staff’s attention. Upon investigation, the staff discovered a beautiful 1938 Packard Twelve convertible victoria had fallen into the abyss. Upon further...

1952 Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Buick two-door hardtops move down the Fairfax plant’s “final line.”

Peek into GM’s Fairfax, Kansas, plant in 1952 and ’53

Inside a GM Plant: Fairfax, Kansas, assembly in the early 1950s History tends to get tossed aside too regularly, but fortunately, the past has a few champions. Among them is Doug Howard, who had the foresight to save these rare views of Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile models from inside a GM plant after they...

Miles “The Mouse” Melius’ No. 8 short track racing car at the Hall of Fame.

SE Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame Expands

    During the Jefferson Swap Meet April 24-26 we ran into Gib Wiser of Wiser’s Hot Rod Fabrication from Neosho, Wis., who had a vending space. He introduced us to his neighbor Dick Melius. Gib is well-known as a Wisconsin short track racer and Dick’s father is Miles “The Mouse” Melius, a legend...

A Lotus gets some attention at the clubhouse.

Members Helping Members

  We have been members of the Fox Cities British Car Club (www.foxbrits.com) ever since we bought our first British car in 2002. We had always wanted an MG TD and always felt that owning one was out of reach. But after the events of 9/11/2001, we decided life was short and we were...

Seats feature “old school” British coachbuilder construction.

Save on Seats

  One of the current projects at Gunners Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) involves redoing the interior in a 1968 Triumph TR250. This is a rare one-year-only British sports car, but high quality reproduction seat kits are available from several suppliers including Moss Motors (www.mossmotors.com), British Victoria (www.victoriabritish.com) and the Roadster factory (www.the-roadster-factory.com). From time to...

This is a wooden pattern for a vintage motorcycle cylinder head.

Casting About

  We met the Shudy Brothers (www.pinecellarmfg.com) at the Spring Jefferson Swap Meet while they were “casting about” for new business. Well, actually, casting is their business; casting parts for old cars and motorcycles from aluminum that is. When we attended Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., about 50 years ago, we had...

Vintage Works price for doing this Triumph TR250 wire wheel was $20 less than some other powder coaters charge.

Engineers engineer a hobby success in Packerland

  Did you ever hear of engineers who pal around with Darth Vader and drive a General Lee Dodge Charger? I met the crew from Vintage Works (www.vintageworksllc.com) when they stopped by my shop early in the year. Although they said they were engineers, but they looked like regular guys. Well, regular “car guys.”...

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Hey, Hey, Race Fans!

My love of horsepower was foundered by a father who was in love with old cars and the sport. Like clockwork, every spring we would hear a rumble from the Machine Shed and Dad would drive his Hotrod Tractor out and get ready for the racing season. Us kids would spring out from where...