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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, A Note from the Li’l Nordstrom’s Gal with Yvette VanDerBrink, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

Ann Marie Olson likes to wear hats and period dress when she drives “Walt” to car shows like Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party.”

Lafayette Lady

  Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party” car show was June 7 in Jefferson, Wis. Unfortunately, we were on the road that day, but we did make the same event back in 2011. That was the year that a 1937 Nash Lafayette named “Walt” showed up at the Graduation Party. A man originally purchased Walt, but...

When we are working on this Triumph TR250’s rear suspension and drive line, we keep our Moss Motors and Victoria British catalogs nearby.

Mail Order Masterpieces

  The next time you see a beautifully restored MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Sunbeam or Datsun Z car, think to yourself “I’m looking at a Mail Order Masterpiece!” Unlike a lot of American iron, these imports are fairly easy to get parts for. All you have to do is pick up the catalogs that...

Tex Smith (at right) presenting an award for the new Corvette.

‘Tex’ was the best

Remembering LeRoi ‘Tex’ Smith Tex Smith was my favorite “boss” on the Old Cars Weekly editorial staff. If I wanted to make a business trip on a whim or add a day to a trip to hang out with a famous “car guy,” Tex understood that such things were important in making Old Cars...

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Randy and Trudy

  Randy and Trudy Vollmer are “big wheels” in the old car hobby around Central Wisconsin. Even though Randy has struggled with more than his fair share of medical issues lately, he is a fixture at certain shows like the one held recently at the Veteran’s Home in King, Wis. Randy showed up there...

The Pontiac Trans Am KITT from Knight Rider.

Knight Rider’s KITT Pontiac Trans Am heading to auction

Pontiac Trans Am from “Knight Rider” has a $200,000-$300,000 pre-sale estimate heading into auction KITT — the Pontiac with personality from the hit NBC television series “Knight Rider” starring David Hasselhoff —  is heading to auction June 26-27 in Beverly Hills, California.   Julien’s Auctions Hollywood Legends sale will offer the special T-top Trans...

1949 Mercury co-star from movie ‘Grease’ to be auctioned

‘Hell’s Chariot’ 1949 Mercury convertible from movie ‘Grease’ carries $400,000-$600,000 estimate Greased Lightning’s Mercury co-star will be in the spotlight again during Julien’s Auctions‘ “Hollywood Legends” auction event, set to take place June 26- 27, 2015, at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills, California, gallery. The 1949 Mercury “Hell’s Chariot” custom convertible from the 1978 classic...

We loved the jalopy stock car races.

Coupes and Boops

  We made our first trip to Vintage Torque Fest in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 1-2 and it won’t be our last. Promoter John Wells puts on this “traditional hot rod” event to raise money to help families that have kids with congenital heart disease. He must do a pretty good job raising bucks...

Our favorite car at the Studebaker Spring Meeting was this 1950 Champion coupe.

Winner By A Nose

  Okay! We’ll admit it! We’re kind of stuck on cars from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Such cars may lack the two-tone paint jobs and fins of later ‘50s cars or the big engines of the ‘60s muscle cars, but they do have their attributes. Our passion for early post World War...

Would you rather have this  green Jaguar at Jefferson. . . .

The Jaguar at Jefferson

    Last year a friend of ours who used to be in charge of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation passed away suddenly leaving a collection of cars behind. He had a number of Jaguars, an Excalibur, an MG-TD replica, a DeLorean and a Rolls-Royce. We have never seen the Rolls, which he got right...

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Head West, Lou: The Auto Gallery Museum Auction

  The saying goes, “Boys and their Toys.” It seems that boys who played with cars when younger, well the toys just get bigger as they get older. This is true for Louie Savaglio. He grew up behind a body shop and loved going over there and watching them fix those cars. He was...