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 these car blogs: Tire Tracks featuring new blogger and editor Mike Eppinger, 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.

Postwar Packard grille looks great on the prewar Ford coupe.

Putting on a pretty face

By John Gunnell   As soon as we got to the Cheaterama—a traditional hot rod show in Milwaukee—a burgundy car parked near the entrance caught our eyes. It had the lines of a Ford, but it had put on a pretty face to get a little extra attention from enthusiasts who know a cool...

This 1957 Nomad was a good buy and a great investment.

All new for ’57

By John Gunnell   Chevy’s new-for-1957 models were in tune with their times. They had a hipper, more youthful, tail-finned look that was “radical” for America’s bread-and-butter “family” car. “’57 Chevrolet! Sweet, smooth and sassy,” said one ad. “Chevy goes ‘em all one better for ’57 with a daring new departure in design (looks...

Rust likes to roam and doesn't play favorites.

Sins of an old car

  One of the most frustrating aspects of working on a classic that was born and raised in the upper Midwest is dealing with the truth that, to borrow the title of the Neil Young album, “Rust Never Sleeps.” What lurks beneath the paint and in crevasses will bring the most docile restorer to...

Most of the 480 cars at the Olds meet had their hoods raised.

Hate those hoods!

By John Gunnell   You cannot take a nice photo of a car that has its hood up. It’s impossible. Today most cars are probably designed by a computer and they look it. Years ago, cars were designed by teams of artists and engineers who poured their hearts into every curve and feature line....

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Iron Prices in 2015… Saving those Old Cars-Trucks

  All of us collectors cringe at the word crusher. With the past 7 years of high iron scrap prices the old cars, tractors, and trucks have fallen to the crusher. This has greatly affected the number of original vehicles available for projects and parts. So has anything changed recently? Yes, in 2015 iron...

Ken Nimmock’s classy-looking ’37 Chevy is a knock-out beauty.

Blue Indigo

By John Gunnell The car was way different than the ’57 Olds of my past, but the color was remarkably the same and just as pretty as I remembered it. When I was a kid growing up in South Beach, on Staten Island, N.Y., there was a hot rod club called The Drifters. Some...

One of many vintage campers at the 2015 Symco Shakedown

Vintage Camping is Campy

By John Gunnell I’ve never been accused of being ahead of the curve, and if I had that ability, I’d be rich. But I did pen a book about vintage recreational vehicles way back in 1981. It was published by TAB—a company that did tiny books and it had a name bigger than the...

Photos can be deceiving. When my Camaro still ran under its own power.

How long was your longest relationship?

  How long was your longest relationship? No, this isn’t an online dating questionnaire or an afternoon life affirming TV talk show. I am talking about something infinitely more important than that. I am referring to your obsession with your car. In the literary world the word that comes to mind is “personification” or...

New Motorama promoter Rick Paulick.

New Motorama Announces 2016 Dates

By John Gunnell Last year Corvette salesman Rick Paulick came to see me at Gunner’s Great Garage. He said he was starting a new indoor car show in Green Bay, Wis. For years the “World of Wheels” had given the city an indoor show in early spring, but then that event left the Green...

Tommy’s ’48 Dodge three-passenger coupe with its purple paint and yellow flames.

Cut to the Chase

By John Gunnell TV Tommy Kujava said that this month’s Garage Session was in Pulaski, Wis. So I headed up there and the GPS wound up leading me right thru town and out the other end. So, I kept going about another three miles until the sign said I was in Chase. I never...