Today was a Chevrolet kind of day. Often, when I meet interesting people at a car show like Chevy Vettefest, I follow up with a visit so I can see what they do and get the feeling of their hobby involvement. Since I was heading for Chicago this weekend, I tacked an extra day on the trip. And it turned out to be a Chevrolet kind of day. My first stop was Nickey Chevrolet (www.nickeychicago.net) in St. Charles, Ill. Owner Steve Bimbi and I went over an all-original, low-miles 1970 Chevelle 454 cid/450 hp Sport Coupe and Steve showed me how to spot all the telltale signs of a nearly untouched original car and the results should be a good article. Then Steve asked me if I wanted to visit Tom Dietz, the Chevrolet memorabilia collector I wrote about a few weeks ago. To had a small part of his collection on display at the show in Rosemont, Ill., but this time I got to see the “good stuff upstairs” when we stopped at his house. Though it may not be on the National Registry of Historic Places, Tom’s house could even be appreciated by a F-O-R-D guy. In fact, he even had several Ford memorabilia items. Tom doesn’t have a Website — or even a computer — but he sure has lots of great STUFF.
Tomorrow, I have three more exciting stops planned, before heading home to Iola. If I ever stop traveling, I sure have some good trips to write up.