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Insane “Lois Lane” Nash nets $25,000

It was just a short list of auction prices realized in the June 22, 2017 issue of Old Cars Weekly. It gave the results of the bidding action on the 16 cars sold at VanDerBrink Auctions’ Second Alan Egelseer Collection auction, which took place on May 6. Now, 16 old-car sales...

Oregon’s Radiator Supply House does it all

  Mitch Garrett of Radiator Supply House (www.radiatorsupplyhouse.com) in Sweet Home, Ore., can restore a radiator for a compact car or a semi truck. “I’ve been doing radiators since 1976.” Barrett said during the American Truck Historical Society’s (www.aths.org) 2017 convention in Des Moines, Iowa. He owned a heavy equipment industrial...

Toronado revived front-wheel drive in the USA

  The’66 Toronado was an innovative car that reintroduced front-wheel drive to America. Cars like the Ruxton and Cord had offered front-wheel drive in the ‘20s and ‘30s. It had last been seen in this country on the 1937 Cord. Some European cars also used this drive system, but no automaker...

Young mechanics hope to do a SEMA show car

  It’s said that if you drive through Freedom, Wis., on a warm summer’s evening, you’ll see dozen of garage doors raised and people working on old cars. There’s a couple of reasons for this: Bob Abitz and Jay Abitz. Bob is Jay’s dad. He ran the auto shop at Freedom...

Automotive journalist Jim Mateja dead at 71

I found out that Jim Mateja had died when Dan Ammann—the 44-year-old President of General Motors—started speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago’s meeting and lunch at the Chicago Auto Show press preview on Feb. 9.  Rarely do automotive journalists get that kind of industry recognition, but Mateja was long respected...