Gunner’s Garage

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Would you rather have this  green Jaguar at Jefferson. . . .

The Jaguar at Jefferson

    Last year a friend of ours who used to be in charge of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation passed away suddenly leaving a collection of cars behind. He had a number of Jaguars, an Excalibur, an MG-TD replica, a DeLorean and a Rolls-Royce. We have never seen the Rolls, which he got right...

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.”...

The Kulwicki Driver Development Progam is aimed at helping seven up and coming young racing car drivers nationwide. Seven was Kulwicki’s number.

Driver Dream Development

  The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (www.KulwickiDDP.com) is a program that has been established by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki to help worthy drivers achieve their dream. The program is also designed to keep Alan Kulwicki’s memory and legacy alive. The program will provide “help” in several different ways. It will...

“Flaming Chicken” hood decal raised the temperature a few degrees.

Red Hot Trans Am

  Perry Pegararo brought a red hot Pontiac Trans Am to the World of Wheels in Milwaukee and set his shirt on fire with it. Or at least it seemed like he did. Perry hails from Greenfield, Wis., and his cat is a ’74 model. Perry’s car originally came out of Koons Pontiac-Oldsmobile in...

Free Soda Blasting Seminar on March 21

ON SATURDAY MARCH 21, Steve Krueger of S. J. Krueger Vintage Auto will be coming to GUNNER’S GREAT GARAGE (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) in Manawa, Wis., to present a seminar about soda blasting. The seminar will start about 9:30 and will go for as long as Steve wants to talk and everyone wants to listen. As usual,...

The 8 Ball was a hit at the Milwaukee World of Wheels.

8 Ball Special

  Jack Safro’s “8 Ball Special” pays tribute to early modified racing cars. His son John Safro built the car secretly for Jack over a three-year period. John tried hard to keep it a secret. However, Jack saw the car at a place called Tom’s Auto Body and told the owner Tom that it...