Gunner’s Garage

Dave Saunders also enjoys taking photos at a drag strip in England.

English artist-photographer sees art in speed

  British artist Dave Saunders and his wife Carole have made three trips to Bonneville. A wood stove designer by trade, Saunders does a small number of original acrylic oil on canvas paintings of cars each year. Carole bought Dave a book of Bonneville photos by Peter Vincent and he began photographing cars. During...

Jesse ponders what to do with the original 245-cid Big Six engine.

Studebaker Drivers Club has two new members

  My son Jesse and I recently became members of the Studebaker Drivers Club or SDC. The reason is we are getting back to working on the 1949 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe that Jesse bought back in June. It should make a great project for the cold nights of a Wisconsin winter. The Studebaker...

The ’56 Corvette SR2 was one of the rare experimental cars at MCACN.

Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals features cool cars

  The Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals (www.mcacn.com) in Rosemont, Ill., on Nov. 22-23, features many special Corvettes and muscle cars. The show is held at the Donald E. Stephens convention center, close to O’Hare Airport. Each year the attractions the show lines up are impressive. Car personalities who attended MCACN include Linda Vaughn,...

Grumpy Jenkin’s Toy 10 Vega was a vintage racer at the 2013 PRI Show.

Performance & Racing Industry show is a winner

  Make no mistake, there will be plenty of old-car enthusiasts at the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (www.performanceeacing.com) Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 11-13. This is one of the few “car shows” scheduled for the last month of the year. Officially it’s for members of the racing trade, but lots of...

The college teams lined up with their cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats for a group photo.

Higher Education

  The idea is to build a car that will reach a higher speed than anything else in its class. There are a lot of classes to race in on the Bonneville Salt Flats and each of the college teams that competed at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Assoc.’s “World of Speed” event in...

Some automobile wiring harnesses can seem downright scary when you start trying to figure out how to connect all those wires.

Wacky wiring

  Back in 2006 we decided to drive an old truck to Florence, Ore., to purchase and pick up some parts for an MG Magnette we were working on. The front tires on the truck were a bit marginal, so we stopped at a big box store in Minnesota to buy two front tires...

Cadillac lovers believe their favorite cars can knock down walls, drive on hot coals and take all kinds of awards for their style and beauty. They also make eye-catching advertising vehicles.

Why people collect Cadillacs

    Recently we asked a car collector why he collected Cadillacs “Because people say they’re the best and I want the best,” he answered. He believed that Cadillacs could knock down walls, drive on hot coals and take all kinds of awards for their style and beauty. When we were young, Mom always...

Back in 1943 this mechanic in Washington, D.C. was tinkering with a car that didn’t want to be fixed.

Think there are cars that don’t want to be fixed?

  Sometimes it seems like there are cars that don’t want to be fixed. We’ve been working on one lately that’s driving us nuts. We had the engine rebuilt by a reputable shop and we had the distributor redone by a specialist. When the car went back together, it should have run like a...

When this model posed for a 1954 Buick Roadmaster promotional photo, she had no idea she was sitting on a future gold mine.

Hot Seats

  Tonight we were bopping around the Internet looking for a black vinyl driver’s seat for a 1974 Triumph Spitfire. Our search carried us to eBay, where there was a nice pair of tan hounds-tooth seats for a Spitfire. The opening bid price was $400. We thought that price was pretty steep—or at least...

THIS ’55 Packard Clipper sedan on a trailer at the Jefferson, Wisconsin Flea Market might look like a great restoration project, but do your homework before you jump into buying any old car.

Making This (Barn Find) Into That (Show Car)

  The ’55 Packard Clipper four-door sat on a trailer in the Car Corral at the Fall Jefferson Flea Market in Jefferson, Wis. To a person unfamiliar with old cars, it probably looked like the biggest bargain in the world. After all, it was a P-A-C-K-A-R-D and it was all there. How could you...