Gunner’s Garage

Gunners Garage
A scene from the Manawa Mustang Round Up.

Mustang Magic

By John Gunnell The debate has always been whether the first Mustang was a 1964-1/2 or a 1965 model. We all know the “pony car” was introduced at the New York World’s Fair on April 1, 1964, but the cars all had 1965 VINs. So, if all the first run Mustangs were ’65 models,...

This Lark showed up at the Manawa Downtown Car Show in Manawa, Wis.

On A Lark

By John Gunnell We were in the 6th grade when the American “compact cars” were being developed in Detroit. Well, we shouldn’t say “Detroit” because the first of the car to hit the market was the Studebaker Lark—and it was built in South Bend, Ind. Now for history’s sake, we should point out that...

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Take a Kid to a Race Car

By John Gunnell Look at the smile on the face of this young man sitting in a vintage Indy racing car at the Harry A. Miller Club’s (www.harrymillerclub.com) annual meet in Milwaukee on the second weekend in July. As we all know, the graying of our hobby has been a problem for the old-car...

Originality takes a back seat to drivability in the Studebaker Drivers Club.

Studebaker Club is Driven to Success

By John Gunnell There are two types of cars in the old-car hobby, the ones that ride from show to show inside a trailer and the ones that are driven and enjoyed as running and functioning road machines. The Studebaker Drivers Club (www.studebakerdriversclub.com) is a successful hobby organization that has built its membership on...

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Cadillac: GM’s Marque of Excellence

By John Gunnell While attending the Cadillac & LaSalle Club’s recent convention in Brookfield, Wis., I was struck by the fact that so many cars in the show were unrestored originals in nearly perfect condition. This made it clear that people still consider a Cadillac to be GM’s Marque of Excellence. It is still...

If we had our way back in the ‘50s, Dad’s Ford would have looked like this.

Not my Father’s Ford

  The red and white ’57 Ford stock car at the 2015 Iola Old Car Show was not my father’s Ford! Instead, it was what we wanted to do with my father’s Ford. Let me explain. One day in about 1959, Dad decided it was about time to get the family a new car....

Ed Fallon of Cave Creek, Ariz., brought the Panhard to Iola.

French Fried

  We have to admit that it was one of the most unusual cars we have ever seen at the Iola Old Car Show. In fact, there was something “other worldly” about a 1932 Panhard et Levassor 6DS sedan frying in the hot sun in a former hayfield outside a tiny Wisconsin village. When...

The “Tempting T” at the 2015 Iola Old Car Show was this 1923 roadster.

Tempting T

  After my last blog about passing up a bargain-priced 1940 Lincoln Zephyr at the Iola Old Car Show you might have the impression we never spend money at the event. That’s not true by a long shot. Last year we bought a 20-ft. long aluminum, tilt-bed, car hauling trailer from Fagan Automotive. We...

If you were at the 2015 Iola Old Car Show you could have bought this good-running ’40 Lincoln Zephyr for just $15,500.

Lincoln, Lincoln We’ve Been Thinkin’

“For Sale! 1940. Runs and drives good! $15,500 O.B.O.” That’s what the sign said on the windshield of the 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr that was up for sale during the Iola Old Car Show. There was a phone number, too. We took a picture of it. Unfortunately, due to the angle of the photo, the windshield...

Mater made it to Iola this year. Wonder what’s on tap for 2016?

Look. . . it’s Mater!

  Now, we are one of those procrastinators who don’t look at the details of anything until they hit us over the head. From talking to Larry Fechter of Iola Car Show, Inc., we had some vague idea that this year’s Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) was going to have some new excitement. We...