Burt Levy’s Perspective on Fuelfed & Spontaneous Combustion

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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.

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“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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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