Gunner’s Garage

This vendor at the 2014 Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.org) got lots of laughs with his googly eyed Chevy truck.

Vendor Laffs

When we first got involved in the old-car hobby in 1972, we tried being a flea market vendor. It was a lot of work to load and unload the merchandise we were trying to sell. For the most part, sitting in a field or parking lot hoping for a sale was boring. To top...

Our car building at home is getting really crowded.

Been Sick

Our last blog was posted in mid-August, but we’ve actually been sick since the last day in July. We made it through a month in the hospital and have a long recovery ahead. Things like this lead us to reflect on the direction our life was going in before reality caught up with us....

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

Purple Hot Rod Hemi

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 1984 when Brian’s brother Marty brought the all-steel five-window coupe to Wisconsin from Arizona....

Hellcat is the fastest muscle car ever.

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

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 quarter-mile in 10.6 sec. at 126 mph right out of the box. So, it...

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

The secrets to Appleton Auto Show’s success

  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 several hundred cars. The trend for most shows today is fewer show cars and...

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

Volvo collectors set to gather in Milwaukee

  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 in Milwaukee’s Veterans Park. Club president Tony D’Agostino decided to roll out a local...

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

Sweet Painted Ladies

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 was well done and good looking, but he also thought most of the cars...

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

Driving Miss Daisy

  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 (whom he also portrayed in the play) and Jessica Tandy playing Miss Daisy. The...

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.

Chevy on the Mountain

  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 hoisted on top of a fake mountain about 15 ft. high. The dark blue...

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

Keystone “Cops”

  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, when GTOs, Cobras and Super Bees were new, nobody wanted a car with factory...