Car Blogs

Old Cars Weekly’s car blogs provide an insider’s look at collecting and maintaining classic cars. Get involved with the classic car enthusiast communities surrounding all three car blogs: Under the Hood with Angelo Van Bogart, Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

Keystone “Cops”

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

  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, … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment

Bullock family ‘trailblazers of the Midwest’


“Go West Young Man!” was not just a saying but the call to adventure, with hopes of starting a new life and blazing trails and starting a legacy. The Bullock family was no exception. They started with many others in … More »

Categories: A Note from the Lil' Nordstrom's Gal | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

A Real Champ Car

Halibrand magnesium wheels are another throwback item.

This little racing car is a real “Champ Car” because it has a 1940 Studebaker Champ engine. It is called the F. Davi Engineering, Hillegass Studebaker Special. It is a full midget racing car from the prewar era and also … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment

Vintage Fire trucks at Big Rig Show

Classic Chevrolet fire truck.

  Oakie Allen is a veteran firefighter — a former Battalion Chief who worked at Station 3 in Eau Claire, Wis. That’s the city where the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motorized … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment

Elvis’ last Cadillac to be sold at first Auction at Graceland sale

The first-ever auction at Graceland will feature the last Cadillac bought and driven by Elvis Presley.

1976 Seville and other Elvis pieces to be sold in auction at Graceland   The last Cadillac purchased by Elvis for his personal use — and the last Cadillac known to have been driven by the King of Rock ‘n’ … More »

Categories: Under the Hood | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Air Needle Sander

  Heavy undercoating treatments were popular in the ‘’70s and ‘80s. Now that such cars are becoming collectible, cars are showing up that have every piece of sheet metal looking like new. That’s nice, but the undercoating isn’t “factory original” … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment

Could have been worse

Kurt Kelsey of Iowa City, Iowa, is an old friend and a big dealer in NOS Pontiac parts. A few weeks ago, while driving my ’53 Catalina to the Pontiac club ( convention, I heard a ratting noise under the … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment

Royal treatment

  Once Pontiac set out to become General Motors high-performance division around 1959, it needed a dealer to build racing cars. Ace Wilson’s dealership was near the factory and Jim Wangers talked him into the new job. The whole story … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment

Could It Be?

  In 1974 we drove a 1953 Pontiac to the second annual convention of the Pontiac Club (, that was held in Wichita, Kansas. In 2014, we drove a different 1953 Pontiac to the 42nd annual POCI convention. A lot … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment


  I’ve got to hand it to the Studebaker Drivers Club (—the organization does a great job keeping the passion for those South Bend buggies alive. We were recently in a meeting where the size of various car clubs came … More »

Categories: Gunner's Garage | Leave a comment