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Purple Hot Rod Hemi

Brian Young’s friends and family members helped him build this car.

Brian Young spent three decades building his purple, Hemi-powered Ford coupe. The project was a family affair. Every part of his ‘30 Model A has links to family or friends. The history of the hot rod goes way back to … More »

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Dodge Boys play muscle card—let’s bring back Pontiac!

Hellcat is the fastest muscle car ever.

Car enthusiasts have been chatting online about the soon-to-be-released Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This modern supercharged muscle car with its 6.2-liter V-8 makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The National Hot Rod Assoc., says it will do the … More »

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The secrets to Appleton Auto Show’s success

Ron Eggelseer of Rubicon, Wis., is the proud owner of this 1953 Cadillac convertible, which had a continental kit at the rear.

  What made the one-day July 20, 2014 Appleton Auto Show (www.applewtonoldcarshow.com) so big this year? A lot of organizers of other hobby events would like to know why the number of participating show cars seemed to suddenly grow by … More »

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Volvo collectors set to gather in Milwaukee

Volvos at Wisconsin’s Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com)

  The Volvo Sports America club (www.vsa.org) will take part in The Milwaukee Masterpiece (milwaukeemasterpiece.com) Club Day Aug. 23. Jim Perry, president of the club’s Wisconsin chapter, says that members from across the country will be coming to the show … More »

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Sweet Painted Ladies

Modern basecoat-clearcoat paint on an older car looks great, but does it make the car look “factory?”

Today at a car show we met a man who is anxious to get his late-1940s Mopar painted. We walked down the rows and rows of restored cars and he agreed that most of the paint work on the vehicles … More »

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Driving Miss Daisy

This Hudson collecting family wasn’t afraid to take to the road in their Hornet convertible.

  Wikipedia tells us that Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as Hoke Colburn … More »

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Chevy on the Mountain

When Larry Fechter of www.IolaOldCarShow.com was asked about how this Chevy truck was put on the fake mountain, he didn’t know for certain.

  The question I was asked the most after the 2014 Iola Old Car Show was “How did they get the Chevy on the mountain?” The people who asked that were mystified b how a new Chevrolet pickup truck was … More »

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Keystone “Cops”

When Larry Fechter of www.IolaOldCarShow.com unearthed this untouched “barn find” Road Runner it had Keystone mags mounted.

  Are you kidding me? I heard something about certain magazines not wanting to run photos of nice muscle cars because they had Keystone mags or Cragar wheels in place of factory rims. Back in the real muscle car era, … More »

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A Real Champ Car

Halibrand magnesium wheels are another throwback item.

This little racing car is a real “Champ Car” because it has a 1940 Studebaker Champ engine. It is called the F. Davi Engineering, Hillegass Studebaker Special. It is a full midget racing car from the prewar era and also … More »

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Vintage Fire trucks at Big Rig Show

Classic Chevrolet fire truck.

  Oakie Allen is a veteran firefighter — a former Battalion Chief who worked at Station 3 in Eau Claire, Wis. That’s the city where the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motorized … More »

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