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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, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

The two-room More Schoolhouse was built in 1910. Slim Haken lived there with his wife and two children for many years. He also reportedly had three dogs and seven peacocks.

Lamenting loss of Idaho salvage yard

Idaho yard was once filled with more than 300 treasures By Jack Lewis At the beginning of the 20th century, Mora, Idaho, was a small but vibrant town located on the Oregon Short Line railroad, about 15 miles southwest of Boise. Its high point was 1910, when the handsome brick schoolhouse with its lava...

Jay Leno to cover Monterey auction and show week in new program on CNBC.

New CNBC TV program ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ to premiere Aug. 31

CNBC will premiere “Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week” on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 10PM ET/PT. Based on his Emmy-winning web series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” this special takes viewers into the heart of Monterey in August, America’s ultimate automotive week-long celebration. Hosted by Jay Leno, the legendary comedian and one of the world’s...

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Twin Oaks Collection looking for a good home

  Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes and also Dennis Anderson. When a boy is growing up, they think about cars, girls, and well cars. Dennis Anderson was no exception. He bought his first vehicle, a 1934 Chevrolet when he was 11 years old and drove it up and down the driveway at...

In 1954, Mercury added the Sun Valley hardtop to its Monterey lineup. A tinted, Plexiglas half roof allowed passengers a view of the sun and the stars from the car’s interior, and 9,761 of the sun-worshipping model were sold in 1954. This example remains in remarkable condition for languishing in a salvage yard.

High and dry parts, cars at Idaho’s L&L Classic Auto

Take a minute to think about how much the old car hobby — as well as life itself — has changed in the past half century. Little is the same as it was 50 years ago, but one constant has been L&L Classic Auto. This salvage yard located in Wendell, Idaho, has been a...

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...