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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.

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Rare cars at the Quam Car Collection Auction

VanDerBrink to auction unique collection Sept. 26, 2015   Grant Quam used to say, “You finally reach a point in life, when you can afford to buy the things that only the young can enjoy.” There’s a lot of wisdom in those words. He seemed to have sayings like this, for almost every occasion....

Jeff’s 1973 Karmann-Ghia. He has the original wheels and lots of Ghia parts.

Jeff’s Cars

  Jeff came to see us a few months ago about restoring a Triumph TR250. He is in the construction trades, but he takes care of a Chicago businessman’s summer place in Wisconsin. He also takes care of the man’s boats and cars. So, Jeff brought us the car to work on. Like many...

Interest in dune buggies is very high and prices are trending up.

Car Artist Bruce Meyers Created the Dune Buggy

  Fame is a funny thing. When Bruce Meyers went to art school he might have dreamed of being a famous artist one day. He did become famous for one of his artworks, but it wasn’t a charcoal sketch or a piece of sculpture. It was the Meyer’s Manx dune buggy, an open fiberglass...

Funfest attendees gather for a cruise near the Mid America Fun Dome.

Volkswagen Funfest was Fun

  Volkswagen enthusiasts from across the country descended on the Mid America Motorworks corporate campus in Effingham, Ill., to celebrate their annual Air Cooled Volkswagen Funfest. Now, with hundreds of Volkswagens on display, you might have expected the place to look like a lady bug convention, but you’d be off the mark. Sure, there...

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...