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.

Dr. VanDerBrink

by Yvette VanDerBrink “Dr. VanDerBrink, paging Dr. VanDerBrink.” I swear this is the sound I hear echoing off the walls of our machine shed. This is because my husband is the “tractor doctor.” Daily, I find him working, sometimes late into the night, trying to save a relic of the past, a part of...

Tom Kujava (in sun glasses) put on a summer Garage Session to show off Diamond Dave’s new digs.

TV Tommy

  There’s a guy in Green Bay, Wis., they call TV Tommy. He is neither an ex-Mouseketeer nor a drag racer (except with his Hemi ’48 Dodge coupe at stoplights), but he puts on an incredible show about once a month. Tommy Kujava is known to car guys for a community-access TV show he...

Home for the Holidays

by Yvette VanDerBrink This year has been a busy auction year, and I can’t be more thankful. I have met so many wonderful people and got to work with many fabulous collections. But before you know it, the end of another year rolls around and Christmas is here. Christmas at the Nordstrom house was...

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The history of SEMA

SEMA started when Revell model company needed permission to print miniature decals for its car-model kits. At that time there was no organization to deal with auto aftermarket trade problems. Revell suggested using a model makers association as a model for a trade group. That group became known as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Assoc....

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Which porthole Buick would you pick?

  I get it! Like you pull up to the traffic light in a porthole Buick that looks like it escaped from a Mad Max movie, the light changes, you stomp the 750-hp HEMI hidden under the Buick’s hood and you blow the scissor doors off the poor kid’s tuner car. That fantasy has...

The ’57 Century was a pretty nice car and every once in awhile Jesse wishes he still owned it.

The one we let get away

  When my son Jesse and I saw a car named “Roadmaster ‘57” parked in the SEMA Car Crazy Showcase outside Las Vegas Convention Center, we shot looks at each other and didn’t say a word. The customized dark bronze ’57 Buick Roadmaster hardtop was exactly what we dreamed of turning Jesse’s ’57 Century...

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12 ‘Gear Head’ Gift Ideas from Old Cars Weekly

People say I’m horrible to shop for, and that’s true — most of the things I am looking for come from swap meets and junkyards, the places where mothers and wives usually don’t shop. Other gearheads are equally hard to shop for, but there are gift ideas available out there for the car guy...

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Brand Loyalty

    Have you ever sat down and wondered why you love Fords so much? I am sure it is because they are the most dependable and stylish vehicles to have ever graced the open road. I bet your buddy who drives a Chevy would say the same about his ride. Wait, do I...

Courtney Hansen with the writer at the New Motorama Show in Green Bay, Wis., last April.

I wouldn’t be surprised

  I wouldn’t be surprised if TV star Courtney Hansen does show up at my “new” Gunner’s Great Garage building someday. I say this because all the pieces to this project have just been falling into place perfectly. But let’s do the flashback thing to explain what I’m talking about. A few years ago...

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What makes a car special?

The other day I started to think about the underlying reasons I am drawn to cars. There are a million and one other hobbies I could gravitate towards. Don’t get me wrong, I have other interests besides cars, yet the draw to these metal machines pulls the strongest. Perhaps it is the symbolic nature...