Gunner’s Garage

Quite a busy old car day in the Hartford area

  It was a busy morning. We were on our way to Jackson, Wis., to pick up a squash-colored MG Midget to bring it north for some engine work. We had also made plans to deliver two Triumph Spitfire distributors to a friend, Jim Rugowski, who said he was going to a car show...

Carl and Fay Keller showed their Packard 250 convertible.

Drivin’ to the home of Four Wheel Drive

When we started driving to Clintonville, Wis., on Friday night May 16 it was raining. Luckily the precipitation let up before we got to the historic home of the Four Wheel Drive Company. Clintonville is where the first four wheel drive trucks were invented. There are a lot of automotive experts in the area...

This old diner sits in a Colorado park we visited.

Little House on the Prairie

In an earlier blog I wrote about our recent trip to Colorado to get things moving on a Coleman Four Wheel Drive truck book. Buck Kamphausen grew up in Littleton, Colo., where these trucks were made and has become a real Coleman enthusiast. In addition to the book concept, Buck is building a nice...

Chet Krause’s little Rambler.

Ramblin’ Man

  I feel like a Ramblin’ Man lately. I’ve been driving or flying all over the country and it seems like every time I turn around, there is a Rambler within sight. It started late in April (when you’re traveling a lot, the exact dates get cloudy) when I went to Hartford, Wis., for...

The Colemans Commeth

  In 1916, Harleigh Holmes patented his designs for front-wheel and four-wheel drive systems and founded Holmes Motor Co. in Littleton, Colo., to build four-wheel-drive trucks. In April 1921, following a heavy snowstorm, Holmes rescued a man from Creek Canyon with one of his four-wheel-drive trucks. That same year, Holmes’s company became Plains Motor...

This is the Nash chassis and running gear at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum.

Nash-ional News: Save the Car in the Woods

  Every time I go to the “Kissel Museum” in Hartford, Wis., the place gets better and seems to have something new added to its name. It’s called the Wisconsin Automobile Museum (www.wisconsinautomuseum.com). It was also known as Hartford Heritage. Some call it the Kissel Museum and others think of it as the Nash...

This 1923 Hispano Suiza has four doors and four rear wheels. It is part of Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation.

Six-wheel six with four doors

  Here’s a four-door car that would cause quite a stir if it came to Iola 2014 (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) as a part of this year’s “Four for All in ‘14” theme exhibit. This 1923 Hispano Suiza H5A Victoria Town car has a six cylinder engine and six wheels and tires, but only four doors. They’re...

The Forneys began the car collection in 1956 with the acquisition of this 1921 Kissel Sport Touring car, which is now the focus of a drive to raise funds to restore the car.

Denver Mint

A mint is a place where they make treasure. The Forney Museum of Transportation (www.ForneyMuseum.org) in Denver, Colo., is a treasure trove of transportation history. It started as an antique car museum, but today you will find an amazing collection of cars there, plus trains, trolleys, carriages, trucks, airplanes and motorcycles. There are over...

Proof that automotive history can be fun is the big smiles on everyone attending the WSAH annual meeting at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum.

WSAH joins “Wheels” to video Gene Grengs

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for us. It started with a visit to the Wisconsin Automobile Museum in Hartford, Wis., where we dropped in on the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Society of Automotive Historians. The big news from the WSAH is that it joined forces with Green Bay TV personality...

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Lincoln Mark exhibit open at Forney Museum

  The Forney Transportation Museum (www.forneymuseum.org) is a one-of-a-kind collection with over 500 artifacts and vehicles related to transportation history. The museum began with antique cars, but expanded to include transport of all kinds. Some of these are familiar, while others spark the imagination. Special exhibits are presented at the Forney Museum several times...