Historic Vincents @ Coffee & Classics This Sunday

June 25, 2015 by

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One of the most revered marques in the history of motorcycles will be our special guest this Sunday in Winnetka. In June 2014, we set a record for most Vincents actually ridden to a gathering in the US. This Sunday morning, the Chicago Section of the Vincent Owners Club plan on beating that record. This is a very rare opportunity the public never has to see these extremely collectible machines outside a museum.

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We will allow a small selection of vintage European motorcycles to show next to the Vincents. Admittance will be at the discretion of the directors at the main gate based on space available.

The main gate at Lincoln & Oak for classic entry opens at 9:00am. Day Passes will be  available.

Coffee & Classics® is a private club event for active Fuelfed members and we welcome all spectators and those interested in joining our club. Conversely, we do not tolerate any solicitation of our members for any purpose.

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May Coffee & Classics Recap

June 23, 2015 by

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One would think it was March 31st rather than May 31st. But even the 40º temps, rain and chilling wind off the lake, didn’t keep our enthusiasts and fans from making Mays’ Coffee & Classics a success.

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Again, some incredible European classics made their way to Winnetka. Not the least of which were a Lancia Stratos, Porsche 959, Ferrari 250 Drago body & Mercedes Adenauer.

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Another great sight was the proliferation of parent/child enthusiast combos of all ages.

One young enthusiast got a big thrill with a generous ride in the Stratos. His iPhone recording every second. Hell, we haven’t gotten a ride in a Stratos. But then who has?

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Overall, a great diverse gathering as always.

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Riding in the Passenger Seat

June 22, 2015 by

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My daughter uttered those seven words that strike fear into the depths of a father’s soul: “Dad! I want to drive the Porsche!”

Oh, boy. Here we go.

Of course, I had to expect it as I was the one who would drag her to Road America for vintage races and make her ride in the back of the Mercedes wagon for touring laps at the ripe old age of 10.

I’m the one, when asked what I want for Christmas or birthdays or Fathers Day, always gives the same answer: A new Porsche. It’s me who points out the coolest, hottest cars on the street as well as the goofy posers.

She learned to drive stick on the BMW and the clutch, now quite a bit looser thanks to her learning curve, was still operational after she graduated. So on a blustery morning, we were off to the May 2015 Coffee and Classics in the 912.

She wasn’t ready for the expressways yet so we stopped at the new retail center at the old naval air station (“I’m coming back here to shop!”), she got behind the wheel, and away we went.

“Hey! This is fun!”

Without incident, except for some reticence on her part (“Sweetie, you don’t have to shift at 2,000 rpms. You can go higher than that.”), we drove down Willow road and into downtown Winnetka. We found the gathering and were greeted by familiar faces and even a couple of members of the local paparazzi.

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We grabbed some coffee and an egg-something-or-other and walked around to look at all the cars, her viewpoint and mine much different.

Hers was a much more visceral reaction to the assortment of cars than mine. She was seeing many of these makes and models close up for the first time, and the idea of building a car from an airplane fuselage out of necessity because all the car factories had been destroyed during the war was truly foreign to her.

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Plenty of people watching, and one of her favorites was also one of the rarer entrants of the day: a black 959.

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Then finally, starting to shiver in the late morning chill, we said good bye to our hosts and drove off.

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But not before hitting the twisties on Sheridan Road. Feeling much more comfortable behind the wheel, she went way above 2000 rpms on Sheridan Road.

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She drove the whole way home – even on the expressways – and while she got used to the sounds and the idiosyncrasies of a 48-year old car (“You pull that lever down there back and that’s heat? That’s it?”), we began having one of those conversations that usually take place during a car ride. Where you can talk with an openness that doesn’t occur in other situations. Where talk of dreams and goals and ambitions flows easily.

I learned this when the girls were younger; we would go out for an ice cream cone and all of a sudden a 30-minute drive in the car would invite a more involved and comfortable conversation than an hour anywhere else.

Except now she was a grown woman, and the conversation and the dreams had grown with her, and I was the passenger and she was in charge. She was driving. And together we were enjoying and experiencing one of her old man’s passions together.

It just might rub off.

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Go Go Joe This Saturday

June 19, 2015 by

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Real drivers know there is something magical about getting up at dawn and taking your favorite gasoline powered horse out for some one-on-one mechanical bonding before the rest of the world awakes. This is a quick hit classic gathering at a Chicagoland coffee house for those who want to start their weekend right. We call it Go Go Joe.

Location: Prairie Espresso, Lake Bluff
When: Saturday, June 20. 7:00am to 8:00am

We Lose One of Our Own

June 19, 2015 by

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We sadly lost Tom Caulfield of Janesville, WI earlier this week. Tom was a founding father of the Ferrari Club of America and the New Glarus Hill climb.

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Tom had a penchant for Italian exotics and enjoyed restoring them almost as much as he did driving them. If it had a Colombo 12 in it, Tom was the master.

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We met Tom and his son Kevin later in his career as the two were driving and sharing their Pebble winning 1951 212 Berlinetta Touring with the rest of us. Many a historic race weekend at Elkart was spent sitting and chatting with Tom at Burdies Nest on Lake St. as the throngs of unknowing spectators streamed past. Tom and Kevin had a tight bond that we here at Fuelfed can relate to first hand.

Our warmest condolences go out to Kevin and the rest of the Caulfield family.

Fuelfed Garage Night: Tuesday Evening June 16th

June 15, 2015 by

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In a new event series for our current 2015 members we call Fuelfed Garage Night, we focus on all types of Chicagoland garages. Yes, that magical place where things get done. Things that make our vehicles faster, cleaner or meaner. That place where Fuelfed was born in the wee morning hours on a hot summer night.

Regardless of some of the multi-million dollar European classics that grace our Coffee & Classics events, Fuelfed is not about prestige, but the camaraderie we share when one is able to connect on a higher mechanical level.

Fuelfed Garage Night allows our current 2015 members to get up close and personal for a few hours of intimate conversation with those who literally drive the Fuelfed Spirit with their hands, skill and passion.

Tuesday night June, 16th. 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Perfect-Power

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1009 Commerce Ct.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 465-8837

Perfect Power has specialized in racing, servicing and restoring Porsche’s iconic 911 for over 35 years. What many don’t know, is that the wide variety of experience shared by the employees at PP allows them to repair, service or restore almost any racecar, or classic as far back as The Brass Era and beyond. If no one else will fix it, or it’s no longer made, this may be the place to obtain Unobtainium! Perfect Power is owned and operated by Fuelfed member Sol Snyderman.

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Fuelfed member David Taitel will be on hand offering light samplings from his new pizzeria Mugs in Buffalo Grove.

The Fuelfed OPEN in Lake Forest This Sunday, June 14th

June 12, 2015 by

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THE OPEN is for all Fuelfed members and their American or European classic, modern sports or super cars. Like our famous Coffee & Classics, this event always pulls the most exotic collector cars in the midwest.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015

LOCATION:  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.

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Spontaneous Combustion Tonight, Thursday June 11!

June 11, 2015 by

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Fuelfed Evening Spontaneous Combustion is tonight in Winnetka from 7:00 to 9:00pm. 2015 members know where. Bring your cigars to keep the mosquitoes away.

Just a Little Saturday Drive to Lake Geneva

June 9, 2015 by

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Sandy & Marty in their Speedster arriving for lunch during the UDA 2014.

The Red Headed Step Child?

June 2, 2015 by

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Absolutely not. This young lady knows it when she sees something very exotic and very rare.
We are proudly seeing more and more young enthusiasts at our events. Why? Probably the fact that you can’t tell a Jetta from Camry today. Originality and uniqueness speaks volumes, and some youngsters are keying in.


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