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My Hero Lives On…

October 22, 2014


It’s hard to believe I lost my father and best friend two years ago tonight. He never got to experience Fuelfed as we know it today. And I know he would have never missed a single Coffee & Classics. Life sometimes burns that way.

The above photo was taken by my fathers good friend and Time/Life photographer Michael Mauney sometime around 1978 in Michael’s driveway. That black 1972 280SE 4.5 served as the family tank after the ’67 911 rusted through.

Michael too, was a Fuelfed spirit, always driving a 356 or cool Mercedes coupe. Looking at Michael’s website refreshes the memory of what great photography should be.

Heading to Lunch

October 16, 2014


Couple of our FFG100 heading out to lunch.


Spontaneous Combustion Tonight: 10.16.14

October 16, 2014
We had absolutely perfect weather for last weekend’s FFC14. Tonight’s Spontaneous Combustion may not be so pleasant. Fortunately, we will be at the Last Detail in Kenilworth. Tom & Brian have kindly offered up their Galleria at 634 Greenbay Rd. for us to gather & chat.

Chasing Classic Cars

October 14, 2014



The view from the Fuelfem 2002 on the W3 event to Lake Geneva.

Fuelfed Fall Classic is this Weekend

October 7, 2014



Coming off an outstanding W3 and Coffee & Classics last week, we head into this weekend celebrating the classic Bavarian terrain and American racing provenance that central Wisconsin has to offer. If you’ve been looking for an event that your spouse/partner will also enjoy, this is the event. Yes, we’ll be driving beautiful roads drenched in Fall colors, but this weekend isn’t all about the drive. This weekend is about experiencing the classic car lifestyle. Driving exclusive routes along picturesque roads in soulful vehicles. Experiencing new places and great people. Cocktailing and conversations. Rustic hunting lodge turned unique restaurant sets the tone for lunch. Exclusive Kettle driving tour finishes in a private wine & craft beer tasting. Followed with a custom 4 course gourmet dinner. Culminating with cocktails, cigars and great camaraderie. If you’re interesting in the classic motoring lifestyle for the modern enthusiast, with have a few slots left.

Register here.  .

The View From Three Wheels

October 1, 2014

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After coming off the greatest Coffee & Classics event so far, we’re still gathering photos to do a recap.

Until then, we thought it nice to share a different perspective on Coffee & Classics from the view of a first timer arriving in a BMW side hack.

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This Sundays’ Coffee & Classics® Will Feature Ferrari

September 25, 2014


This Sunday, September 28th, is our traditional Ferrari feature at Coffee & Classics®. This is by far, our biggest event of the season, and the “Crown Jewel” of midwest car shows (thank you automotive press). Last year we had over 270 cars crowd into downtown Winnetka. As such, we have to impose different parking guidelines. Ferraris will fill ALL of Elm east of Lincoln (see below map) and there will be NO FUTURE CLASSICS OR NON-EUROPEAN PARKING at this event. 2014 Fuelfed members will have priority parking.

New classic European enthusiasts interested in becoming Fuelfed members are encouraged to participant. See the C&C page for requirements.

Be sure to support our local merchants and be warned: “the world’s fastest novelist” and father of Buddy Palumbo: Burt Levy, may be seducing enthusiasts on north Lincoln.


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Fuelfed Water, Wood & Wheels Tour

September 22, 2014


Calling all classics!

We still have a few slots left for this combined event.

Why just limit the vintage motoring lifestyle to pavement, when water can add a splash (sorry) of speed excitement? Our first combined club event will be what we call Water, Wood & Wheels Tour or W3 for short.

Starting at 8:30am on Saturday, September 27, 2014, we’ll be touring scenic roads to Lake Geneva for lunch and then over to the Abbey for the Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show (GLACBS).

The GLACBS is an annual antique wooden boat show attracting the top national collectors for a weekend of boating fun, water & cocktails. Located at the picturesque Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI, the GLACBS is always classic Americana at its best. Classic Chris-Crafts, Rivas, Centuries, Gar Woods are all represented. Runabouts, Sportsman, Commanders, Speedsters are all moored for your viewing. At 4:00pm is the boat parade around Lake Geneva. Work it right, and you could catch a ride around Lake Geneva in a 1948 Sportsman.

This is a casual touring event suitable for veteran classics mechanically sound enough to travel 200 miles.  

More Details and registration can be found on the W3 page.

Less Than a Week to the Lancia Party

September 17, 2014

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Here’s an opportunity to be part of something very special. Yet, you have less than a week to reserve your spot.

On September 23, 2014, Chicagoland enthusiasts are invited to a private party for the release of “Lancia and De Virgilio, At the Center”, a history of Lancia engineering and design from 1940-1975. Our very own FFG100 member Geoff Goldberg has spent countless years on an exhaustive quest to get the inside workings of Lancias incredible history. Years were spent interviewing the De Virgilio family, Lancia engineers, stylists & designers. Unseen factory documentation, drawings & pictures were all unearthed. All presented from the inside and written as only Geoff can. Come join Geoff at the Hayes Collection on September 23rd from 6-8pm. Presentation at 7:00pm. Several Fuelfed members historic award winning Lancias will be on display as well as other incredible Pebble-grade European classics.

Location:  Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N. Ravenswood, Chicago
Wine and snacks will be served.

Event tickets are just $10. Please reserve your tickets at EventBrite.

The CG1000 Concludes in Vail

September 13, 2014

The Colorado Grand 1000 concludes today in Vail with the street non-concours ala Coffee & Classics. Steve, Hugh and the Drago made it. Hopefully without incident.



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