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August 2014 Spontaneous Combustion

August 14, 2014


To mix things up and give an easier shot to those members living in the city, we are having our gathering on the river at Rockwell & Irving Park. See map.
The time is 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
Chicago icon Albany is hosting and future classic Hofherr could be roasting something very special. We won’t tell…
Bring your cigars.

Cannes 1971

August 13, 2014


A very young Jacqueline Bisset. Name the car…

Auburn Boat tail… no.

Amlicar…very close.

Porsche Prototype Warehouse

August 13, 2014

Porsche junkie F. Dorn sent us this link into something very special.

Burt Levy’s Perspective on Fuelfed & Spontaneous Combustion

August 7, 2014



The famous automotive author and insightful verbal colorist; Burt Levy, recently gave his perspective on July’s Spontaneous Combustion at the The Last Detail. We’ll let him tell it his was below. We also want to thank Tom & Ted for hosting our little gathering.  Make sure to stop their shop in Kenilworth and visit them online.




“Thanks to Fuelfed, there’s a bunch of organized & purposely under-the-radar local car crazies who do several relaxed, informal, eclectic & thoroughly enjoyable “coffee and classics” around Chicago’s generally posh North Shore each year. They also do these so-called “spontaneous combustion” gatherings at various Places of Interest that are more-or-less motorized Flash Mobs of neat cars and the neat people who own, are attracted by or find themselves incurably addicted to them.




The point here is that there was one last Thursday at my friend Tom Snellback’s nifty The Last Detail Galleria in Kenilworth, and so Carol and I decided to attend (there was a nice meal at a nearby restaurant that serves organic chicken thrown in for spouse sugar).
Now Tom used to race with us quite a bit (and he was damn good at it, too) but he’s been busy the last many years running his successful and highly respected The Last Detail restoration shop & showroom up in North Chicago, IL. But I’d never been to his new showroom/art & memorabilia gallery on Green Bay Road (just about a mile from where I grew up) and it is really something special. Made even more special by all the hot and cool cars the Fuelfed types arrived in!




We had everything from an elegant Chapron-bodied 1950 Delahaye coupe to a sharp red Alfa Montreal to an incredibly sanitary and only slightly rod-ized early fifties Dodge wagon (mit small Hemi, of course) to a rather charming black Ferrari 250GT PF coupe, plus the usual and expected XKEs, upright & arthritic Brit 4-bangers, Alfa Giuliettas, Duettos, GTVs, etc.




Porsches of every conceivable age and description and an absolutely GORGEOUS, just finished & beautifully detailed TVR Vixen with a Rover aluminum V8 (the old GM Buick-Olds-Pontiac aluminum V8 second-handed to the Brits) stuffed neatly inside.




The thing was molten-lipstick red with white racing stripes, and it really brought a smile to the faces of both wife Carol and myself on account of we courted in a similar car back when I had an excruciatingly serious case of TVR-itis (from which, to be honest, I’ve never fully recovered).”

- BS Levy



FFotW: 1984 Euro BMW 745i 5 Speed

August 6, 2014


Posted 8.5.14

We’ve driven these up at Union Grove as drag cars and crushed feeble muscle cars and turbo Jap cars in our wake. But we never had one where we could change our own gears when we wanted. With the classic European car market booming and everyone scrambling for patina’d Alfa’s, this 745i is entreé into the rarified arena of understated Q cars. Add the correct mods and 5 speed like this one and now you’re the sledge hammer.

Our seller states:

1984 BMW E23 745i Sedan M30 European Model (Grey Market) Garaged kept and stored.
The e23 745i was never sold in the US, so every one of them is a gray-market import; in this case the car was originally purchased by our father (original owner) who really wanted one and went to extreme lengths to purchase, import and federalize the car.
The 745i was also sold only with an automatic transmission; this car is converted to 5-speed. Conversions: Dinan Hop up kit which includes the following: an over sized T04 Garrett turbo charger, high performance camshaft, custom manifold and stainless steel exhaust to adapt to T04 turbo, K&N air intake & filter, K&N full kit air and fuel ratio monitors, larger fuel injectors, Electronic ignition retard, Haltech electronic fuel injection EFI-F3, Bosch 132, 5PSI fuel pump, lowered fully independent adjustable 4 wheel suspension, and BBS RS3 wheels ($3300.00) and much much more…… Odometer Mileage 287157 (Kilometer) 178431 (Miles) on the body. There’s about 25,000 on the motor since rebuild.

This 745i is located in the Detroit area.

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Fuelfed UDA Tour Trailer

August 5, 2014


Our first crack at a GoPro, and window mounted camera. We had Catalyst do a quick trailer. With a steep learning curve and very limited typographic control, they still quickly produced an entertaining clip non-the-less.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t import stills to include the best part …the 27 other Fuelfed members following the camera car.

Make sure to have your audio on when viewing.


The UDA Grid

August 4, 2014


Photo by Luis Arisso


Sunday, August 3, 2014: 9:00am. The loose staging grid to the UDA Tour @ LFO.

June 2014 Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Recap

August 1, 2014


Fuelfed-coffee-classics-alfa-montreal .

June’s Coffee & Classics was a special treat with Alan bringing his early Delahaye straight out of hibernation and Philippe with his 17,000 mile Alfa Montreal. Another treat was the plethora of Vincent motorcycles with a very strong mix of other vintage European bikes. BMW R69S’s, Ducati 900SS’s, Moto Guzzi V7’s, Norton Commandos etc.., all smartly parked three deep taking up very little space at the request of leader Johnny Scheff. It reminded us of the old Highland House days.




Little Ricki’s was fanned by Black Shadows, Rapides and Comets setting a new record of Vincents ridden to a local event. We are honored to be in the record books for such a rare privilege. The spectators loved ‘em!

Fuelfed is also honored to once again be nominated to FIVA as a leading car club in promoting and supporting awareness to vintage automobiles. Thanks truly goes to our members.




Oh yeah…cars. You name it , if it’s vintage European, it was there.. Aston, Devin, Jaguar, Ferrari, Lancia, TVR, Alfa, Lamborghini, Maserati. Yep, even an illegal race car. The below photos do no justice to the beauty and volume of classic European cars in attendance .





No Title Needed

July 31, 2014



Northern Wisconsin, July 2014.

Turn 7 Road America July 2014

July 29, 2014


One historic race car @110mph coming from turn 6 through turn 7. One phone at 10 frames per second sweeping an 8 second framing. All phone, no Photoshop.

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