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Let the Hazing Begin

March 28, 2015

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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 TR4 or 911ST, the demands on driver skills are a little more involved than in a sleepy S4.

Some call it fraternity hazing, others driver boot camp. We call it TFD15.1.

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Fuelfed Coffee & Classics FTL This Sunday Morning

March 26, 2015

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We are getting close to the weather permitting Winnetka & Fort Lauderdale (FTL) having Coffee & Classics events at the same time. A north & south convergence if you will. It’s March, so FTL will have to carry us one more month.

Read more of when & where C&CFTL happens.

The Beauty is in Our Diversity

March 24, 2015

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The beauty of Fuelfed is in it’s diversity as this clip of some of our FFG100 members going to lunch at the elite Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette last September.

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The FFG100 help jump start Fuelfed with their generosity, so it was only fitting we gave back. MSC blow us away with quite the speed of salmon and beef tenderloin all served on Egyptian linen over looking Big Blue. It was probably one of the best season wind-down events anywhere.

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Spring in Chicago

March 24, 2015

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Gotta love Chicago Spring. Saturday we enjoy an F40, only to have to drive the truck on Monday morning. Flexibility keeps us nimble I guess.

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FFotW: 1974 Norton JPS, $13000

March 18, 2015

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Editor Note 3.19.15: Well we tried, but another one fell into the void. The level of civil decency is definitely slipping downward.

Ok, on this FFotW we are going to be selfish and are going  after this one ourselves. Do your research on what the Norton John Player Special is and you’ll realize it’s rarity. In a collector market based on the philosophy of “I have one and you’ll never find another” to raise price bar, this JPS does just that. Not the fastest bike in it’s day, nor great track-cred, just original retro-racer cool looks and ultra low production numbers. You will only see one of these at Mecum or Amelia, not eBay and certainly not CL.

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Ad reads:

One of 200 produced and sent to U.S., more information here. This bike only has one previous owner and was driven for 10 years but has only been started occasionally for the last 30 years. .

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. Refreshed original condition: New tires New plugs New oil & filter New fluids One small scratched area, pictured Clean title in hand and ready to sign over. Must act quickly! Will be gone fast with Motorcycle Season approaching Must have M license to test ride.

Mike

Located in Peoria, IL

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February Coffee & Classics FTL Recap

March 13, 2015

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With the continued battering that winter is unleashing on so much of the country, and the fact that our fellow fuelfed cronies in Chicago, can only get excited about the fact that the temperature is getting back UP to freezing, I’m almost ashamed to admit that it was once again a beautiful Sunday with temps in the low 70’s for C&C Fort Lauderdale’s February event.

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I’m proud to say we hit double digits! 10 cars and their proud owners joined in this month. The interesting stand out was surely the Bond Bug – a three wheeled Car built by Trident in the UK in the early 70’s.  If you’ve never seen one before, don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. Interestingly enough, one of these starred in an episode of Velocity channel’s “Wheeler Dealers” a while back, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have know what it was either!  Have a look at the teaser for the episode here:  http://www.velocity.com/tv-shows/wheeler-dealers/videos/wheeler-dealers-the-bond-bug/

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Once again, with the exception of three cars, it was a whole new group.  Now, if I can only get everyone who’s attended so far to show up together one of these Sundays….

Word is certainly getting out. The South Florida Alfa Romeo club has us on their event calendar, and we’re hitting all the other South Florida European car clubs with reminders each month through their Facebook pages. With new faces, and an interesting automotive mix that continues to arrive each month, it spurs us on to March forward to next month’s event – sorry about that pun.

 

Martin

FFotW: 1968 SAAB 96

March 9, 2015

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Now that temps are in the 40’s, up goes the volume of classic cars for sale. Everyone thinks their POS is worth something because a similar model sold at Gooding for $15k. In the case of this little SAAB 96, the owner is very realistic. In our evaluation this is $2k under market value. This gem is located in Minneapolis.

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Ad reads:

1968 Saab 96 V4 deluxe – RARE – RARE- RARE- Stored indoors. Cream w/ black cloth interior – 30,000+ miles Several thousand dollar restoration to exterior. Complete the interior before Spring…. Running and shifting smoothly. New battery, New Tires, Fluids changed Spring of 2014. Might be one of the nicest in MN. Saab enthusiasts, you need this car!

$2600 or BO

Email seller

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Fuelfed Winter Send Off Party

March 4, 2015

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Our fourth annual Fuelfed’s Cocktails & Classics event is tonight. This is not your typical mix & mingle yawner. Cocktails & Classics has always been about meeting a very select group of like-minded European car enthusiasts for a special evening among one of Chicago’s most formidable classic car collections. A discreet collector who just happens to one of our own FFG100. Our fresh support of local-only fare & adult beverages never disappoints.

Fuelfed will be donating a portion of event proceeds to the Midwest Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA).

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2015 Fuelfed Cocktails & Classics: March 4th

February 24, 2015

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Our fourth annual winter Fuelfed Cocktails & Classics, will be held Wednesday March 4, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00pm.

This is your chance to surround yourself with a great collection and great conversation all in a great space. Long time Fuelfed driver and collector Joe H. has graciously offered to host our winter gathering again at the Ravenswood Event Center.

A portion of event proceeds will be donated to the Midwest Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), the country’s “largest grassroots organization dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s.”

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Whether you’re a driver, collector or just a big car fan, you’ll not want to miss this special event.

The restored billboard factory space doubles as an unique event space and an impressive car gallery. A car gallery, that we must say, rivals Fuelfed Coffee & Classics with its varied portfolio of historic European classics.

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As always, we thank our local sponsors of this event. Please support them with your business this year:

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Ravenswood Event Center is offering us their exquisite space.

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Hofherr Meat Co. is setting the new standard for independent butcher shops. Third generation butcher Sean Hofherr & his crew will be serving their delicious approach to light fare.

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Forbidden Root, Chicago’s first botanic brewery, is providing delicious craft beer for the evening. Members of the Forbidden Root team will be at the event to discuss their beer and guide you in your beer selection. Forbidden Root is crafted for today’s sophisticated thrill-seeking palates.

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Temperance Beer Co. and Lake Bluff Brewery are both offering a variety beers for us to sample. We look forward to some tasty micro-craft beers from these North Shore favorites.

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The Bottle Shop in Wilmette is our boutique wine sponsor for the evening.

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake our local pastry legend will be offering their famous cheesecake and other delights.

Tickets to the event will be $30 each and will be sold online until 9:00 p.m., March 1, or until the event is filled.

Fuelfed Cocktails & Classics®
Date:
 Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 6:30 to 9:00pm
Location: Ravenswood Event Center | 4025 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago | events@ravenswoodeventcenter.com
Easy street parking in front of the building.

Please purchase your ticket(s) in advance online at Eventbrite and bring it with you to the event. Ticket sales will close at 9:00p.m., March 1st, or sooner if the event is filled. Please go to: The safe Eventbrite link.

If you are more comfortable sending a check than using an online source, mail us a check.

Make check payable to:
Fuelfed, Inc.
5225 North Ravenswood
Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60640

Attendance is limited to 200 Fuelfed members. There will be no refunds.

January Fuelfed Coffee & Classics® FTL

February 23, 2015

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While the Northeast prepared for the onslaught of “Snowpocalypse” it was another sunny Sunday here in Fort Lauderdale. Sunny as it was, it was still considered extreme weather for the locals, as it was in the low 50s. Good thing The Floridian restaurant had plenty of coffee ready to go! I’m pretty sure that the warmth of the bed, a small race taking place up the road in Daytona, and some other competing events over the weekend likely drew people away from this month’s event. That said, we still had six cars with their owners and friends who braved the elements to come out.

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Two surprise guests from The Windy City joined us for this month’s event. Bob Burns, who has attended C&C Winnetka with his son, and active Fuelfed member Tyler, brought his friend Gary and Gary’s beautiful Gallardo.

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Fellow Chicagoan Murray Bruskin, also a C&C Winnetka participant,  arrived in a gorgeous TR6 that he had driven down from Chicago for his winter stay in the area. Murray mentioned that the car is from the estate of Joe Honor, who had also been involved in the Fuelfed community. Great to see this car pass from one enthusiast to another. It was a pleasure to have the visitors from up north join our burgeoning event. I hope that we’ll see more of them and others from the Midwest in the coming months.

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With the exception of two cars, once again it was a whole new group of attendees. As much as I’d like to see a larger group, the fact that the event draws new cars every time says to me that word is getting out. The famous saying is that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I guess by event count, we’re only three days in, so as the year moves forward I’m sure good things will come. As always, everyone who comes enjoys the event and assures me that they’re coming back and bringing friends.

I will look forward to seeing all of them and their friends in February!

Cheers,

Martin


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