Gunner’s Garage

Bring your vintage racing car to Iola!

Race Cars and Pace Cars

My friend Ralph Kramer, who was Chevrolet’s Director of Public Relations for many, many years, grew up as an Indiana farm boy. In 1955, when he was about 12 years old, he and his friends decided to spend the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. They traveled to the “Brickyard” —...

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Don’t ‘Go Cheap’ Putting Up a Steel Building

  After we got an assignment to write a story about steel buildings for storing cars, we made contact with Rob Boaz of Web Steel Buildings Northwest, LLC. We were asking building companies to send pictures of their products. Rob turned out to be a great photographer who had taken a lot of photos...

On Sept, 7, 2014, Milwaukee Midget Racing established a new Bonneville course record of 122.539 mph for the I/GT class. This was the oldest standing record in the GT category—it stood unbeaten for over 22 years.

2014 Bonneville Racing Season Report

The 2014 Bonneville Racing Season was intended to be a celebration of 100 years of Speed on the Salt. It seems that the 2014 weather did not cooperate with all of the planned events. Both events organized by the Southern California Timing Assoc. (SCTA) and Bonneville Nationals, Inc. (BNI) were cancelled due to rain...

Ricky and Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli drove their No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Corvette to an overall victory in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship season finale.

Petit LeMans win and driver’s title go to Corvettes

  Ricky and Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli drove their No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Corvette to an overall victory in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship season finale. During the 10-hour Petit Lemans venue they finished 400 laps of the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta racing course at an average speed of about 100 mph. The...

Members of the All American Oakland club (jumbodog54@sbcglobal.net) toured the Larry Smith car collection in Wichita, Kansas last summer.

Hobbyists Helping Hobbyists

  Most old car clubs are suffering these days. Some say it’s due to the “graying” of the hobby and young people not liking cars. I don’t know if that’s 100 percent true, but I do know that people in general aren’t “joiners” anymore. Whether it’s a snowmobile event I help out with or...

Last winter the red Firebird became the “Silver Streak” with a new paint job.

This Bird Has Flown

The Firebird you see in these pictures has flown to a speed of 193 mph over the salt flats at Bonneville, Utah. That was back in 2011, when the car was painted red and we took it to Bonneville Speedway with a student team from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis. Things have...

How about those funky old sun shades?

Shady Character

One of the “shadiest characters” at the 2014 Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) was the 1930 Peerless Model A Standard Eight that Ed Fallon, of Arizona, was trying to sell in the swap meet. According to the sign on the big, black sedan, only 34 Peerless Eights are known to exist and only seven...

The De Dion-Bouton drew a crowd.

Friends on Both Sides of the Barricades

Almost every July we go to the vintage races at Elkhart Lake in July. One of the big attractions is the Street Car Concours on Saturday evening. About 25,000 people show up for this event. It’s a big street party. The concours takes place on the streets surrounding the famous Siebkens resort in Elkhart...

Robby Unser and the Speedway Motors ’65 Nova.

Robby Unser will drive Speedway Motors ’65 Nova

Robby Unser makes his Goodguys AutoCross debut at the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals in Ft. Worth, Texas. Unser’s appearance represents Speedway Motors’ first foray into Goodguys AutoCross competition. Robby Unser will pilot the Speedway Motors G-Comp ’65 Nova outfitted with Speedway Motor’s new G-Comp Front Suspension Kit and a full complement of AFCO coil-over...

This vendor at the 2014 Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.org) got lots of laughs with his googly eyed Chevy truck.

Vendor Laffs

When we first got involved in the old-car hobby in 1972, we tried being a flea market vendor. It was a lot of work to load and unload the merchandise we were trying to sell. For the most part, sitting in a field or parking lot hoping for a sale was boring. To top...