Archive for the ‘Classics in the Wild’ Category

More Fuelfed Press From Tom Cotter

November 4, 2016

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So exactly one year ago today, we get a call from establishing Fuelfed member Lou Natenshon to ask if he can bring a friend of his to the Fuelfed OPEN in Lake Forest that Sunday morning. We said “of course” and appreciated him asking. Turns out his friend was Tom Cotter, the famous author of such popular automotive books as Cobra in the Barn & 50 Shades of Rust among a few. Tom was to embark on a new journey down Route 66 to start his newest book Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip. Lou thought it appropriate to start the book’s themed adventure at what he assured Tom was the best car gathering he’ll see on his whole trip. The November morning was sunny and warm as Tom, famous photographer Michael Allan Ross and Brian Barr arrived in their yellow resto-modded Woody. Since the Fuelfed OPEN is for all current members cars classic, modern European & American, the crowd was huge and Tom & crew were taken back at the as his states: “A truly amazing assortment of high-end classics unlike the other cars & coffee type events I’ve been to”.

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The Fuelfed clan did the meet & greet thing for an hour or so and sent Tom and crew on their away with a big cheer south towards Chicago to start Route 66.

So, today we get a call from Lou asking if we saw the newly published book by Mr. Cotter. No, we reply. “Well, Fuelfed has a two page spread to start the book”. 

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Hey what-da-ya-know there we are. The story follows the day-by-day antics of people and their classic cars as well as local flavors sampled as they cross the country town by town. Well written as Tom always does, and Michael Allan Ross has the sharp eye to capture the right details that matter. A good read for sure.
We are very honored to be part of his great story.

Learn more about all Tom Cotter’s books.

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Speaking of the Fuelfed OPEN, this Sunday morning is the very same event Tom loved in Lake Forest.

LOCATION:  FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
8:00AM -11:00AM

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FFG100 Early Morning Drive

October 24, 2016

What a fabulous morning to gather some Fuelfed founders for a quick coffee run up the northshore. It was nice to see the gang together and fun to see Scanton St. in LB filled to the brim with classics.

 

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Fuelfed Fall Classic Tour This Weekend

October 13, 2016

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Our fifth annual Fuelfed Fall Classic (FFC) weekend tour has been sold out for weeks and we’re very excited to have another excellent variety of 25 European classics driving along. The FFC tour has earned a long and loyal following for its well chosen and entertaining routes and uniquely cool under-the-radar dining experiences. Always fresh and always fun, it’s a great weekend for the discerning driver and co-pilot.

Old School Meets Old School

July 13, 2016

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Among the many challenges facing drivers on the Fuelfed MotorGearo 250 besides perfect weather & bug splatter was the omni-presence of Amish culture. Learning to pass on the left when the horse zigs right was a skill they don’t teach in PCA DE.

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Fuelfed MotorGearo 250 Teasers

June 27, 2016

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Understandably, we’ve been getting overloaded with requests on the story of the running of the Inaugural Fuelfed MotorGearo 250. Frankly, we’ve been too busy running events to brag about the success of ones already completed. Our bad.

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We’ve got a gazillion photos and tons of storied adventures that have been trickling in from spectators and entrants. We’ll be breaking the MotorGearo 250 down over the coming weeks in day by day write-ups.

Until then, we’ll be releasing a couple shots at a time.

Thanks to Brian Ball for these great shots.

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Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Barrington Fathers Day Surprise

June 21, 2016

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Our first Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Barrington of 2016 was pitted against the raising number of car shows vying for everyone’s Sunday morning attention. We kept our marketing very under the radar for this one, yet the turn out again was stunning to say the least.

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Our very gracious guests of the LCCI Chicago chapter where there early with a variety of classics of their own.

Our Barrington contingent led by the honorable Mr. Fraser orchestrated a quick event set-up before the members cars started rolling in. And in they came. Allard, DeTomaso Mangusta, Ferrari, Doretti just to name just a few. But the highlight had to be the yellow Lola Can-Am T-70 roaring down N. Hart Rd. Yep, a full-on race car flirting with Johnny Law in true Fuelfed fashion.

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Epicure Bistro was open early to serve up pastries & coffee and then their famous crepes for brunch.

While Winnetka may be the grandaddy of classic European car shows, Barrington sure brings a close second.

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MotorGearo 250 is in Gear & Ready to Start

May 31, 2016

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The inaugural Fuelfed MotorGearo 250 is ready run. Our drivers are making last minute preparations to their cars & bikes for our exciting & challenging event this Friday, June 3rd.  The event gear is in hand and being sorted as we write this.

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Vintage Alfas, Astons, Ducatis, Ferraris, Porsches to name a few, are all running the well sorted routes in the spirit for which Fuelfed is founded…driving. 

You’ve seen these incredible cars at our Coffee & Classics, now see them on the road as they culminate in our Dirty Concours in New Glarus around the Village Park at 3:00pm. Those in vintage European cars can join in the fun and show their vehicles with our drivers from 3:00pm to 4:30.

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Despite the 34 Degrees & Rain…

April 10, 2016

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Despite everyone’s best guess and app studying to call the OPEN, we ran it anyway. Regardless of the 34 degrees & rain, the 2016 Fuelfed season OPENer in Lake Forest still saw 24 classics and quite a few moderns. Probably the nastiest weather in the history of Fuelfed events and yet most everyone stuck it out and chatted it up until 11:00am.

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We’re proud we have some die hard enthusiasts where good conversation is more important than staying warm and dry. But that’s Chicago we guess.

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Fuelfed Season OPENer This Sunday Morning in Lake Forest

April 7, 2016

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After five long cold months of hibernation, it is finally here…the OPENer for the 2016 driving season. It all begins this Sunday April 10th, in Lake Forest. We meet from 8:00am to 11:00am.

While our original famous Coffee & Classics series has always been exclusively for European classic cars, not all members’ collections are strictly focused on a certain marque or genre. True enthusiasts like variety and our OPEN brings it. Never before seen GM concept cars from the 1950s all the way into the future with Porsche 918s. This the event that continues to bring out Chicagoland’s top collector cars.

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The OPEN is for all Fuelfed members and their American or European classic, modern sports or super cars. In other words, a big family reunion of sorts.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2016

LOCATION:  FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
8:00AM -11:00AM

NEW WEATHER POLICY: So everyone knows to show up or not, please check weather.com for the hourly weather forecast one hour before the start of the event. Events will be automatically canceled if the forecast for the start time is 60% or greater chance of rain in the town in which it is being held.

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Market House on the Square Restaurant & Starbucks are right there and will be happy to accommodate all your caffeine and hunger needs.

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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. Click to enlarge the display card below and print as many as you want.

Download OPEN display sheets here.

The Last Leg to the Sun

April 5, 2016

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Stage four MotorGearo 250 day one. The long run down to the river is always the most rewarding and spiritual for any driver. Forty small displacement classics will experience this rare moment on June 3rd.

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