Archive for August, 2011

August 28th Coffee & Classics

August 25, 2011

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This Sunday is the Fuelfed August Coffee & Classics from 9:00am to 11:00am.

With Coffee & Classics growing in popularity, we are now asking drivers with future classics (newer than 1990) to park south of Elm to leave parking for the veteran classics along the north side.

Also, at the request of the village, please do not park in the popular three spaces in front of D’s Haute Dogs.

For the new drivers, Fuelfed interior window stickers available in discrete black. Please find the guy with green hat and sunglasses or the brunette cutie wearing the red cap and we’ll give you some, if we don’t greet you first. Of course the popular Fuelfed magnets are available through this website. Just email us.

If you like, we have windshield display cards for drivers to fill out their cars vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t near by to chat. These cards will be available in front of Café Aroma for drivers to fill out. Or you can download cards from the web link here and print as many as you want.

Also sign up for the Fuelfed private member only email list.

See you this Sunday, August 28th.

Keith & Clan

August 19, 2011

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In a rare moment of sobriety, Keith Richards decides to take Anita and family out for a Sunday drive.

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Alan’s 1966 E-Type Roadster

August 18, 2011

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We finally finished Alan’s interview from July’s Coffee & Classics. With a little help from Tim, Alan brought both his blue Shelby Cobra and cream E-Type that sweltering Sunday morning. We wanted to capture Alan and one of the many stunning classics he surprises us with each month on video. He was as gracious as ever, and gave us a little insight into his vast vehicle ownership...

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Backyard Mechanic Circa 1980

August 17, 2011

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A few weeks ago I was going through some of my father’s old 35mm slides and came across some shots of myself and my 1972 MGB-GT. Memories I didn’t know I still had came flooding right back. Some priceless, some painful.

I bought the harvest yellow coupe right after high school in October of 1980 for $500. The car lived in Lake Bluff its first eight years and with me for 2 more. That fateful journey north exposed me to the wonders of Sheridan Road and the glorious mansions along the North Shore. I also discovered the local proving ground known simply as the “Ravines.” The smell of the burning leaves, burning oil, and the crisp fall temps are still etched in my automotive mind today.

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I didn’t have any real wrenching skills other than constructing a 12 foot half-pipe for my earlier skateboard obsession. I did attempt repairs to the brakes, suspension and body, but with the results you’d expect from an 18 year-old. It didn’t help that all work was done outside in my parents’ driveway with cheap K-mart tools. They didn’t last long once I figured out the power of leverage with my 6 foot persuader pipe. I still have it to this day, resting next to the big Wilton “Punisher.”

Most of my driveway repairs resulted in broken bolts and bloodied knuckles. But I wore those scrapes and bruises with honor, thinking they complimented my beard and feathered blond hair… especially at those Northwestern fraternity parties… not!

I always loved the styling of the MGB-GT and prefered it to the drop top, still do today. But I did learn a thing or two, ok hundreds, about British engineering, and that’s don’t try to figure out any logic, of any kind… period.

Now 31 years and 59 German, 7 British, 1 American and 1 Japanese (only car I owned that blew the engine) cars later, my beautiful bride has a fantasy. A fantasy of her own blue MGB-GT puttering up Sheridan Rd. on a crisp autumn morning. I can smell the burning leafs and oil already.

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Two For One Classic

August 15, 2011

Now here we have an aspiration all of us should have, but very doubtful any will achieve.

Margaret here embodies the Fuelfed spirit and whole-heartedly understands what it means to drive a car with soul. I bet Margaret would tell you exactly where to put your PDK.

This clip was sent in by our biggest fan… my mom.

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FFotW: 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo @ $5200

August 11, 2011

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Ohhh this one will sell fast. The engine alone is worth the asking price.

5000 miles on 2.8 liter conversion. Race prep engine: ported polished, All new internals (receipts). Mahle pistons, carillo rods. New 930 race clutch, water pump, turbo & fuel pump. 3 inch stainless exhaust. K29 turbo. Dry sump. Authority chip & maf conversion. All new belts. So … New engine. 146000 mi. On chassis. Original factory crystal green paint. 5 speed. 17 inch late model turbo twist wheels.

$5200

CL Ad while it lasts is here.

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The First Naked Video of the New Porsche 991

August 9, 2011

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The first real views and sounds of the new Porsche 991. Being an old air-cooled fan I have to say it does look good. Not sure what’s up with the sunroof panel though.

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How about a Popemobile?

August 9, 2011

Coming up for auction at Bonham’s later this year is the 1964 Lincoln Continental papal vehicle fabricated for Pope Paul VI’s visit to New York and the World’s Fair. This same vehicle was later used in ticker tape parades for Apollo 10 and 11 astronauts in 1969. Expected to sell for upwards of $350,000, the limo sports plenty of custom attributes including a removable roof section, transparent rear landaulet roof, a raised seat for the Pontiff, supplemental interior lighting, public address system and auxiliary power from a bank of seven batteries.

The limo was made by Chicago’s own coachbuilder Lehmann-Peterson. Lehmann-Peterson was in business for a mere seven years, from 1963-1970, but during that short time they built over 600 limos for government officials, business executives and numerous celebrities including Jackie Gleason, Spencer Tracy, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Sophia Loren, Jerry Lewis, Robert Vaughn, Victor Borge, Senator Robert Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson and Aristotle Onassis.

For more info on how to get in on this auction check out the Bonham site and get your wallet out.

C & C Inspired

August 8, 2011

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One of the challenges most every car-guy faces is the understanding and patience by one’s significant other. Yes cars can be an addictive illness and they say is usually passed down genetically from the one’s father.

To test the waters, our driver Jim Z. brought his unsuspecting bride to July’s Coffee & Classics. The array of beautiful rolling sculptures had an interesting effect on Mrs. Z.

Read her perspective here.

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July Coffee & Classics Recap

August 6, 2011

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It was hot times in Winnetka for July’s Coffee & Classics…literally. The sweltering 98 degree sun didn’t seem to faze our Fuelfed fans though. Pleasingly, many of the drivers were new to C & C and were excited to see such a spread of European metal.

But first a big shout out to Curt C. and his 1956 Speedster who has not missed a single C & C since its inception. Curt drives in from Libertyville each month and you’ll notice there’s no top. Doesn’t matter if it’s 38 or 98 out, Curt’s driving topless.

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We arrived early to find two Messerschmitts, Isetta and a Countach parked in front of Little Ricky’s and directly across Lincoln were two 1968 Datsun 2000′s, three 356s, an immaculate Jaguar XK140, and a unrestored Citroen DS nuzzled in for kicks. Where else are you going to find a mix like that driving down a public road in 2011? We have to admit that you truly never know what European car is going drive up next and that’s what makes Coffee & Classics a growing secret among Northshore enthusiasts.

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The loyal 356 club arrived quickly, as did Wally, Sam, Ted and Alan. Then a second Citroen DS arrived with a black on black Ferrari 308GTS.

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Alan and Tim arrived in a 427 Shelby Cobra and Jaguar E-Type respectively and for good measure a second blue 427 Cobra drove up to confuse everyone. And then the seas parted as Scott rolled-in in the 6 mpg Caddy “Yacht” convertible.

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Patrick & Mimi arrived in American and German muscle. Unfortunately the 930 turbo snapped its gear selector clean off, forcing Mimi to use a tire iron to make it back home… we hope.

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But the great assorted gathering had more than summer heat burning down. Our friends at the D’s Haute Dogs decided they don’t want any business and starting calling Winnetka’s finest for parking in front of their shop. Let’s see, it’s 10:00am, your restuarant doesn’t open until 11:30, you have 100+ local people enjoying themselves right front of your establishment, hey let’s call the police! Not once, but twice. Now that’s what we call brilliant public relations.

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With two Alfa GTVs, a Lancia Fulvia, an Aston, a MGB-GT, a 380slc and a brace of 2002′s and many many other beautiful classics, how can you not have a great time mingling?

Thank you everyone for your continued support!

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