Gunner’s Garage

Last winter the red Firebird became the “Silver Streak” with a new paint job.

This Bird Has Flown

The Firebird you see in these pictures has flown to a speed of 193 mph over the salt flats at Bonneville, Utah. That was back in 2011, when the car was painted red and we took it to Bonneville Speedway with a student team from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis. Things have...

How about those funky old sun shades?

Shady Character

One of the “shadiest characters” at the 2014 Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) was the 1930 Peerless Model A Standard Eight that Ed Fallon, of Arizona, was trying to sell in the swap meet. According to the sign on the big, black sedan, only 34 Peerless Eights are known to exist and only seven...

The De Dion-Bouton drew a crowd.

Friends on Both Sides of the Barricades

Almost every July we go to the vintage races at Elkhart Lake in July. One of the big attractions is the Street Car Concours on Saturday evening. About 25,000 people show up for this event. It’s a big street party. The concours takes place on the streets surrounding the famous Siebkens resort in Elkhart...

Robby Unser and the Speedway Motors ’65 Nova.

Robby Unser will drive Speedway Motors ’65 Nova

Robby Unser makes his Goodguys AutoCross debut at the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals in Ft. Worth, Texas. Unser’s appearance represents Speedway Motors’ first foray into Goodguys AutoCross competition. Robby Unser will pilot the Speedway Motors G-Comp ’65 Nova outfitted with Speedway Motor’s new G-Comp Front Suspension Kit and a full complement of AFCO coil-over...

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...