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Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Expands to Florida

November 22, 2014

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Just as our driving season ends here in the northern tundra, we begin a new chapter in our leadership of the European classic car culture. Our man Martin Meissner may have defected south last year, but his passion for classic European cars and the camaraderie he found in being a part of Fuelfed has not faded in the least. We are very pleased to announce that our trend-setting Coffee & Classics® gatherings will now be taking place in sunny- warm Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Martin at the helm. We could not think of a more appropriate Fuelfed brand ambassador to bring the positive camaraderie that our Coffee & Classics is known for, to the corner of Las Olas Blvd. & SE 15th.

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Like Café Aroma in 2010, the Floridian Diner will be the cornerstone for the Fort Lauderdale C&C gatherings.

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 will be the inaugural gathering. As in Winnetka, the event will be held on the last Sunday of the month. Yet Floridians like to start their days early to beat the heat, so C&C will held from 7:30am to 9:30am.

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We’re almost as excited as Martin to see what drives up next Sunday and we’re proud to have him as the new face of Fuelfed in south Florida.

We stand and applaud you, Martin!

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TIME & LOCATION

7:30am to 9:30am on the last Sunday of the month.
Las Olas Blvd. & SE 15th Ave. in front of the Floridian restaurant.

 

 

The Fuelfed TFD14.2 Recap

November 10, 2014

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We conclude the 2014 driving season with another great TFD Series.

Most drivers watched the weekend’s forecast with baited anticipation as the media boasted another polar vortex was on it’s way. The media scare seemed to work, as 8 drivers backed out the day of the event. Regardless, stahlwart drivers that Fuelfed members are, started arriving at the designated meeting place early Saturday morning. It’s always fun to see who and what shows up. The TFD Series usually pulls quite a few 911s. TFD14.2 was no different. In fact, a curious traveller had to inquire what “PCA show” was happening as he had not seen so many “cool vintage 911s” actually being driven. Three minutes later, Pat became Fuelfed member #277 with his 1988 Carrera.

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Anyway, quick coffee, packet distributions and introductions and we were off with a straight shot northwest to the edge of what we call “Drivers Country”. Under sunny skies we had a leisurely brunch of some of the best authentic Swiss breaded veal with mushroom cream sauce over spaetzle anywhere. Then it was time for a quick drivers meeting, gas/oil check and run group break-outs. TFD14.2 was tuff, as the range of cars was interesting. A 1952 Lancia Aurelia to Citroen SM and an AMG C36 to an 911RSR. The 1962 turbo Beetle (yes turbo) and Ferrari 365 GTC/4 that had event participation challenges would have made the run groups that much more colorful.

Maybe next year.

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Stage 1 is the longest run and sets the tone with 1.5 hours of rolling hills, coolie bombing and long sweepers. Run groups arrive at different times with different stories, as everyone calms downs for a short rest and regroup. Some drivers actually notice the Frank Lloyd Wright grave stone and Talliesin in the distance.

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Stage 2 is a more technical run with narrow wooded, almost rally style terrain. And again, despite a completely new route, the county DNR had laid down more gravel over the summer in an effort to preserve the pavement. Drivers were forced to a crawling 15mph in some stretches.

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Stage 3 offers the best elevation changes and shows drivers the most diverse driving challenges. Stage 3 always seems to have “something odd” happen. TFD14.1 had a fan belt snap. TFD12.2 had a flock of peacocks congregating in the middle of the road. TFD14.2 had little black calves discussing udder differences over afternoon hay in the middle of County Rd. M.

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Stage 4 is a fight against daylight, but the run seems to be everyones favorite. Stage 4 is designed to be a continuous concert of rhythmic turns through 4 wooded coolies in a “brisk” run down to Old Man River. This the stage where all kinds of “things” get tested and drivers find their groove knowing that cold cocktails and benching racing awaits them in the tiny town of McGregor.

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Ah yes, the post-driving ceremonies are the icing on the event cake. Drivers have now been initiated in the Fuelfed driving bootcamp and have now bonded with their car like no other driving experience they’ve had before. Driver’s all now know a little more about themselves and a lot more about their cars. Let the bench-racing begin.

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The few short hours of lively beer-infused camaraderie go by quickly and it’s then time to check into the hotel where Hitesh is there to greet everyone with his sarcastic wit. “Remember you Corvette Club guys are not allowed to smoke cigars around the indoor pool anymore”, he warns. This year Steve decides to play with Hitesh, insisting he has to let his duffle bag of kittens out for their exercise. To which Hitesh responds; “Good, we’ll have something interesting to offer for breakfast tomorrow” and so it starts…

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Those members that drove 4 door saloons usually become taxis to & from the supper club. The Citroen and C36 were this years choice. Once there, new drivers quickly discover the world’s largest stuffed beaver chewing on a large log inside the glass case over-looking our 25 person table. New drivers then marvel over the Steelcase reclining naugahyde office chairs on wheels. Little do they know these chairs are a brilliant marketing maneuver that will allow them fully enjoy their 2lb. Porterhouse from any angle. The vintage pressed plywood salad bowls add the finishing touch.

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It’s then over to the Depot Bar for more cocktails along the edge of the Mississippi. Like Hitesh at the hotel, Jenna is waiting for the annual schitt-giving. It’s all in good fun as everyone gets a little jabbing. Even Jeff gets his via cell phone. Jenna proudly displays her collection of Fuelfed event stickers on the back-bar ala Seibkens.

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Back at the hotel, Nick & Mike host a late-night after-bar gathering in #107. Nick again, brought his bartending skills and mixed some of the best Manhattan’s this side of the Violet Hour. What about the cigars? Yes the Corvette Club is back in town and it’s time for late-night smokes. Out came the cigars, but no, the hot-humid pool was replaced with 30º degree night air discussing the rear views of the Aurelia, RSR, 993 turbo, R-Gruppe S & SM across the parking lot.

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Sunday comes quickly, as does the headache. Early morning goodbyes done and it’s a leisurely (ok brisk) drive east along the Wisconsin river with lunch in Sauk City. The realization that the driving season now officially over sets in. And a slow sadnesswashes over as the last few TFD drivers disappear into increasing traffic as we cross into Illinois.

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Polar vortex averted, let the Holidays begin!

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25 Classic Cars > 500 Miles > 25 Hours

November 6, 2014

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Twenty five classic cars driving 500 miles of twisty roads in 25 hours doesn’t sound like a lot. But in a Lancia Aurelia, Triumph TR250 or 911ST, the demands on driver skills are a little more involved than in a sleepy S4.

The above event poster by Catalyst sums up the event personality nicely.

The Final Drive 14.2

November 5, 2014

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As the 2014 driving season quickly winds down, we culminate with our ultimate “bonding-with-your-car” driving experience. This event completely focuses on very skilled driving. Driving for hours and hours non-stop with other Fuelfed wheelmen of equal skills. Skills you never knew you didn’t have. Forget DE days at Autobahn or Blackhawk, this what real driving is all about. This is where lasting friendships are forged from a weekend driving bootcamp or is it a fraternity hell week? Yeah it’s both.

This is the driving experience you need to carry you through the long cold Chicago winter as you and your classic will delight in an intimate heel & toe dance along the most beautiful routes the Midwest has to offer.

This the famous TFD Series. Constantly imitated, never duplicated.

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Waiting for a Ride

November 4, 2014

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Fuelfed member Brian J. was in England on business two weeks ago. His vendor offered to pick him up on the way to their meeting. As Brian is waiting oust side the hotel, up pulled an S8 with a rally driven 1969 911ST in tow. Brian of course had to go investigate. You guessed it. Turns out his vendor came straight from the Throckmorton Rally. Needless to say, the meeting went well as Brian drives an Austin Healey 3000 and loves 911s.

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Snowy Glenview

October 31, 2014

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Just a quick dusting to let everyone know Fall is almost over. Don’t worry the salt hasn’t hit yet.

 

The Fuelfed OPEN is This Sunday in Lake Forest

October 30, 2014

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The OPEN is for all Fuelfed members and their American or European classic, modern sports or super cars. In other words, a big family reunion of sorts. It is our final gathering of the driving season.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014
FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
8:00AM -11:00AM
Click here for map

Market House on the Square Restaurant & Starbucks are right there and will be happy to accommodate all your caffeine and hunger needs. If you like, we have windshield display sheets 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. Click to enlarge the display card below and print as many as you want.

Download OPEN display sheets here.

Fuelfed Garage 1994

October 28, 2014

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A long, long time ago two brothers from different mothers shared a small garage space in Evanston where they could learn to wrench on their vintage BMW motorcycles. Oh, the stories that could be told by these young gear-heads. Stories their future wives would choose not to hear about. Oil, blood, gasoline, beer, cigars, sweat & tears…permenently staining their Carhart coveralls as well as memories of adventures to come.

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FFotW: 1983 Modified MK1 Jetta Turbo Diesel

October 27, 2014

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Posted: 10.27.14

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Here we go. The ultra rare MK1 VW Jetta Turbo Diesel. This one fits nicely into the Fuelfed spirit of understated performance. Don’t be fooled, as this sleeper has been correctly modified and should pull like a freight train and still get 50 mpg. Hell, it even has a Fuelfed sticker on the back! Too bad the BBS wheels don’t come with it, but the price is more than fair for this very rare classic.

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Ad reads:

1983 Modified Jetta Turbo Diesel 

PLEASE NOTE THE EURO BBS RM WHEELS ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH THE CAR. Car comes with GTI Snowflakes. Factory black paint. Grey/black tweed interior. 5 speed. No sunroof. No radio. AC. 93k miles. No Rust. No winters. This very rare factory turbo car is faster than a 16v GTI and gets 52 mpg at the same time!

Bought the car in 2008 replaced the following:

• clutch & cable
• all fluids and filters
• timing belt
• water pump
• belts
• glow plugs.
• front struts & rear shocks with Boges
• GTI sport springs & GTI front calipers, rotors, drums, brake cylinders, brake lines
• ball joints
• wheel bearings
• rebuilt injection pump
• shift linkage

Modified:
• Custum 3″ downpipe
• 2.5: Techntonics stainless exhaust
• K&N
• Modified fuel governor
• OE Golf ball shift knob
• R134 Freon conversion
• Eurosport strut tower brace

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In Fall of 2009 we put the car into storage. Fall 2014 we recommissioned the car with a complete detail to the paint. Changed the oil & filter with 5w40 Rotella synthetic & new fuel filter. Drained the diesel fuel and replenished with fresh. Now the heater blower motor does not work. We have a new blower motor that comes with car. The heat and AC worked great before storage. There is a crack in the paint on the roof above the rear window that was there when we bought it (see pic). We’ve kept grease on it so it would’t rust. Otherwise, the body is in excellent condition.

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We prefer to sell this very car to an classic car enthusiast who will maintain cherish it as all the previous owners have. Comes with extra Euro tail lights and front Hellas.

$3400. The car is located in Chicago.

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Coffee & Classics This Sunday 10.26.2014

October 24, 2014

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Wow!

The 2014 driving season is winding down quickly. And this is our final Coffee & Classics for 2014. Utilizing the Elm St. bridge at Greenbay has proved a great compliment to this year’s events.

Last month’s C&C set event records for attendance, variety of European classics and rarity in vehicles. Reaffirmation of the automotive media’s crowning Fuelfed Coffee & Classics as the “Crown Jewel” and one the of country’s best non-judged classic car shows. Heavy compliments for a little private club monthly gathering for sure.

Let’s hope our great weather streak holds for this Sunday. Those new to the scene in Winnetka please go to the C&C page for event specifics.

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