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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 for his role...

Detroit art show highlights Corvette concepts

  DETROIT _ A new art exhibition called, “American Dreaming, Corvette: 7 Generations and Beyond,” will be hosted through Feb. 18 at The Scarab Club in Detroit to complement the 2017 Detroit International Auto Show. The artworks on display will consist of original design drawings and models created by General Motors stylists between 1952...

Baraboo features trucks big and small

  Wisconsin’s “Circus City” hosted dozens of trucks of all sizes. When the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society held its annual Baraboo Truck Show June 3-4. Baraboo, Wis. is the birthplace of the Ringling Bros. Circus and there was a Mack Bulldog truck at the show from the city’s Circus...

A New Show That’s Bound to Grow

    This first edition of an event called Vintage Pipes & Stripes was held at the Waupaca County Fairgrounds in Weyauwega, Wis., June 10-11. Aimed at the “old school” hot rod niche, the kick-off venue had a little bit of everything for everybody. Many of the vehicles that came to the show fell...

The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin

    The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin is a non-profit chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America. The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin was the third chartered chapter of the national organization and has been in continuous operation since 1977. The chapter says that its goal is to preserve and enjoy the cars of Oldsmobile....

New rent-a-car-project service

  If any of you folks reading this need a project, I have one for you. I’ve got more projects than I can handle and I’ll probably buy another one before I finish the first project. So, I think I’ll start a rent-a-project service so you can have fun and I can sit back...

Rumble in the Park points to new directions

    Car shows are changing these days. More and more, they are becoming entertainment events in addition to being static displays of classic and specialty vehicles The cars are still an important ingredient, but people also want to be entertained when they go to a car show. “Rumble in the Park” is a...

It takes a village: Average Joe Car Show

    Troy goes by the name “Lucky.” He has a shop on the highway in Weyauwega, Wis., where he sells automobilia, petroliana and car gift items. Every June, for the past couple of years, he has put on an event called The Average Joe Car Show. Lucky’s shop is one of a group...

Cadillac Allante Convertible “Bar Car”

  When we were young our friends used to have what they called “bar cars.” When we grew up in New York the drinking age was a few years higher than it was in nearby New Jersey. So, our friends who liked the drink would draw straws to pick a driver who would not...

One car didn’t make it to Omro

  At least one old car didn’t make it to the car show in Omro, Wis., on Memorial Day. We know that, because we were riding in it when it broke down. There was a big clunk as the ’53 Pontiac Catalina sped down the highway. Then, there was a feeling of “hesitation,” but...