No real adventure this past weekend. I drove my 1953 Pontiac Catalina down to the opening of the Pontiac-Oakland Museum. Down to? Yup! It’s in Pontiac, Illinois– not Michigan! Seems that the Illinois city had some cash in the coffer due to its big recycling center and wanted to invest it in tourism. My friend Tim Dye stopped in Pontiac, showed someone his great book on Pontiac memorabilia, and wound up meeting the Mayor. Before too long, he had a Pontiac museum and a job as its curator. The Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum has 15 cars and tons of Pontiac history and collectibles. If Pontiacs are your thing, the museum is worth a trip. Even a 500-mile trip in 100-degree weather driving an old Catalina with “ventipane air conditioning.”
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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