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It’s Ferrari Week in Winnetka!

September 28, 2018


Our seventh annual Ferrari feature at Coffee & Classics Winnetka is this coming Sunday, September 30th. With over 60 Ferraris on display, it is one of biggest displays of four-wheeled Italian artistry anywhere. Continental Autosports will be bringing some of their exclusive favorites as well.


With over 160 classic European cars in addition to the Ferraris on display, our September Coffee & Classics is one of most popular car events of the season. As such, there will be no Day Passes (Ferraris excluded) allowed in the display areas…sorry.

This is a private Fuelfed event and the red starts at 9:00am.




C&C Thiensville Event Sticker Giveaway

September 22, 2018

Looking forward to our Coffee & Classics Thiensville tomorrow morning. Those in attendance with a classic will receive the ever popular event window sticker.

Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Thiensville This Sunday Morning

September 19, 2018


Counting down the days until we continue our Fuelfed Coffee & Classics extension to Thiensville, WI. We chose Thiensville for its rich history with European cars. Local racing historian and author Bob Birmingham gave us a little insight to what really happened in the day. How? He was there.



Young Dick Vogel started racing in 1954 just as Road America was in its gestation. He soon opened a small foreign car dealership called Milrace Motors on Cedarburg Rd. (Highway 57) just north of old Green Bay Rd. That operation was in a small wood frame building not much larger than a two-car garage. In 1959 he purchased a building right on the river where we had our Coffee & Classics Thiensville in July.  He handled Triumph, Berkeley, Borgward and Moretti autos. He then expanded to Morgan, Bentley and Jaguar.



For the release of the new Jaguar E-Type, Milrace had a big gala for area high-rollers. The young Augie Pabst, Bob Birmingham, and a few salesmen from the Pabst Motors in Milwaukee drove a bunch of new Mercedes Benz up and parked along Green Bay Rd. so those attending the gala would have to walk past them.

Ultimately, Augie co-drove a Morgan with Dick in Production Class in the early years of Road America. They were good friends, but business competitors.



Milrace Motors became a destination stop for those heading north from Milwaukee and Chicago for the races in Elkhart Lake. The likes of Fred Wacker II, Sterling Moss, Phil Hill and other racing legends all visited Milrace every time they were in the area.

Milrace Motors moved on by the early 1970s as Dick and his wife Judy opened Kathy’s house (akin to Ronald McDonald House) to honor the daughter they lost to cancer.

Milrace Motors played a strong role in Midwest racing and we honor the parallels it has to the pure Fuelfed Spirit.



On September 23rd, from 9:00am to 11:00am we are gathering on the very street, in front of the very same Milrace building to honor those who believe that racing improves the breed. Green Bay Rd. and Elm in Thiensville will once again feel the glory of classic European vehicles.

Shully’s Catering (next to the old Milrace building) and Fiddleheads Coffee (across the footbridge) will both have coffee and pastries available for us.

Chicago Fuelfed members will gather at the Lake Forest Oasis on I94 and will leave at 7:15am sharp to caravan north to Thiensville. After the event, several of us will be getting brunch and driving a Fuelfed Kettle Tour south to Illinois afterwards.



Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Barrington

September 8, 2018


This Sunday morning September 9th, we continue our very successful Coffee & Classics series in Barrington. Each event draws an incredible new crop of classic European cars vastly different than what we see in Winnetka or Hinsdale or anywhere else for that matter.

9:00am to 11:00am, September 9, 2018
The Foundry of Barrington, IL
710 West Northwest Highway (Route 14)


Ambrosia will be serving up coffee, pastries and brunch options.


Guiding Pinciples

1. Coffee & Classics is a private club event for current Fuelfed club members. However, if you have a classic European car manufactured prior to 1990, you can make a donation of $10 at the main gate to show your car. We encourage you to join Fuelfed and your $10 will be credited to your membership dues.

2. Please arrive at 9:00am, not 8:30am.

3. Those posting pictures online, we ask that give the courtesy to let others know you were at Fuelfed Coffee & Classics. And yes. Fuelfed has an official Instagram account #fuelfedcarclub.

4. Finally, we do not allow any soliciting, nor marketing of your car or services at any Fuelfed events.


View Parking Map.


Display Cards


We ask drivers to download windshield display cards and fill out their car’s vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t nearby to chat. Click on image below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out.

We want to thank our quality partners in alpha order:

Barrington Capital Partners
Catalyst Communications
Continental AutoSports
The Finish line, Inc.
Imports Unlimited
Northshore Sportscars
Perfect Power
The Last Detail

Fuelfed Members Dominate at Geneva Concours.

August 28, 2018

Fuelfed members again take 5 of the top honors at the Geneva Concours on Sunday.

History Will be Made…

August 18, 2018

This Sunday, August 19th, could mark the largest gathering of vintage air-cooled Porsches in Chicagoland history. From 11:00am to 3:00pm, the corner of Green Bay Rd. & Winnetka Ave. in Winnetka, IL will witness Luftgruppe One. This event has been sold out for weeks. 150 356s, 911s, 912s, 914s will gather with industry vendors for an afternoon of good food, fun and vintage Porsche camaraderie.

As is Fuelfed policy: absolutely no solicitation will be tolerated.

Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Hinsdale This Sunday Morning (8.12)

August 11, 2018



Coffee & Classics Hinsdale returns for August. The fabulously intimate Fuelfed club gathering takes place in downtown Hinsdale from 9 to 11:00am. No need to go to Starbucks, Café La Fortuna will be on site serving java and pastries.

Coffee & Classics is private club event. There are no “for sale” signs or solicitation of any kind allowed at our events.


Fuelfed Gathering in the Grove this Sunday

August 4, 2018


Fuelfed is excited to have our first Gathering in the Grove with private member concours. We have met our max of 200 members and have filled the concours with a great array classics including an original 1964 Cobra and 1957 Jaguar XKSS. We are proud to have CHUBB and KAMM Insurance Group as our event partners while members and their families take in the afternoon festivities at the exclusive Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.


Coffee & Classics Winnetka This Sunday

July 28, 2018



Wow! Is summer already half over? That means hot times on Sunday mornings. And the hottest morning will be in Winnetka this Sunday 7.29.18.

A limited number of paid Fuelfed Modern European members will be admitted as space allows by showing your 2018 membership card.

Numbered Donation passes may be purchased for $10 at the entry point on Lincoln by non-members driving European Classics ONLY. The $10 will be credited to membership dues if you join the club within 7 days of attending the event.

Parking starts at 9:00am.


Fuelfed Coffee and Classics cars


Display Card

We ask drivers to download windshield display cards and fill out their car’s vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t near by to chat. Click on Editable pdf below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out. Or click on Regular jpg to print out and hand write in.

Editable pdf.

Finally, Fuelfed Coffee & Classics® is a private club event for our members and those interested in joining. The public is welcome spectate. Those posting pictures of our events online we ask the courtesy of stating you were at Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Winnetka or #fuelfedcarclub on Instagram.

Those soliciting our members for services, products or activities outside Fuelfed authorization will be escorted out.


Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Thiensville Debuts…

July 20, 2018



Yes, Fuelfed is expanding to greater Milwaukee. No parking lots, no parks, strip malls. We are going back to where import cars first landed in the WI after WWII. Yep, the quiet little mecca known as Thiensville, WI. Continuing our 10 year traditional theme, Coffee & Classics Thiensville will be on a quiet historic street like C&C Winnetka & C&C Hinsdale.

From 9:00 to 11:00am this Sunday July 22, we will gather at Greenbay Rd. & Elm in downtown Thiensville.

There will be a caravan of classics meeting at the Lake Forest Oasis on I-94 for the pilgrimage north. The group will be meeting at 7:00am.