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.

Golden Sands Salvage

Future for recently closed yard remains uncertain Story and Photos by Ron Kowalke   Golden Sands Salvage, a long-standing and popular vintage vehicle and parts source in Boscobel, Wis., closed on July 27. Keith Swenson, who has operated the southwestern Wisconsin salvage yard for approximately 30 years, is seeking a buyer...

Huge MN Barn Find Going to Auction!

The James Graham Collection – August 9-10, 2019 Everyone dreams of finding a collector car “barn find”. VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC got a phone call to check out a huge MN “collector car barn find” this past winter. With a referral from the undertaker, the executors called me to come and take...

More than chemistry – a love affair of gas & steam

Bob Smith Collection – August 2-3 Miles, IA By Yvette VanDerBrink There are elements of chemistry that are involved with the operation of tractors, gas engines and collector cars. The correct gas ratios, conditions that cause condensation and vapor locking, and even correct temps are all factors in creating power in ...

‘Down on the Farm’ The James Graham Collection

James Graham Collection – August 9-10, Beardsley, MN By Yvette VanDerBrink   James grew more than wheat, corn and soybeans on his farm in Traverse County, Minnesota. He also grew a bumper crop of GM convertibles, Ford, Mercury, and of course, Graham trucks after his namesake. James Graham grew up on a...

Treasures of the ‘Bus Driver’

The Roger “Bill” Dickenson Collection – July 20-21, 2019 By: Yvette VanDerBrink Roger “Bill” Dickenson couldn’t go anywhere in Elk River, MN without being greeted by, “Hi, Mr. Bus Driver!” Roger Dickenson loved operating his school bus company and talking with the kids in the area school districts of Elk River...

2019 bringing cars to the silver screen

As die-hard car junkies we tend to watch movies differently than the general populous. It is amazing how we can be taken away from the movie’s plot in an instant when we spot cool cars in the background. Or better yet, taking an integral role in the movie. We all know...

Senator helps hot rodders in Wisconsin vehicle equipment case

  After hearing that hot rodders in the Dodgeville, Wis., area had received tickets or 10-day fix-it notices about driving cars such as a 1932 Ford coupe without a hood or fenders, an enthusiast from the Milwaukee/Waukesha area contacted his Senator’s office in the Milwaukee suburb of Delafield, about the problem....

Wisconsin vehicle equipment case is being watched

By John Gunnell   Modified vehicle enthusiasts throughout the United States deal constantly with the question of what equipment is mandatory or legal on their hobby cars. This concern also trickles over into the collector car hobby when law enforcement officers stop a classic car for not having equipment such as...

Let the Freak Flag Fly

Photos by John Gunnell   In the April 25th issue of Old Cars there was a story about the Kammback Corvette. I immediately did a double take as I was putting an eyeball on the final layout before it left for press. Was that a sorcerer flanked by airbrushed demons on...