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Fuelfed 2019 Swap Meet Continues Success

March 23, 2019

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The Fuelfed Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet is and has always been a special experience. Since its inception six years ago, it has always been held at The Last Detail in North Chicago. Tom and Brian always have something interesting on display and in progress. The one of three Iso Griffo Specials was naked in the spray booth for all to look up its skirt. And, the room of Rolls was open to wander into as well, and what a treat.

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2019 saw several new vendors including Ed and Mark, with a spread of vintage British bits and collectables. Gail brought her hand-made jewelry made of old car parts; some we’re sure were formerly Ed’s. Michael brought vintage motor art that was sold for charity and raised $900 for the morning. Not too shabby. Motorcultura was there with garage signage, Motorivet Gloves and the quite popular Canaffeine Coffee. The retro coffee cans were offered in two designs: Maranello & Gmund. Yes, Porsche edged out Ferrari in sales again. Yep, the ever-popular author Burt Levy was at it again, as were Lou, Rex, John and Hagerty to name a few.

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But what sets our event off has always been the camaraderie. Yes, the lost art of conversation lives strong in this hearty group as members always seem excited to see each other after the holidays. The venue and petroliana shopping conspire to enhance the babbling. What better way to spend a winter’s morning?

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Drivers Club

March 18, 2019

Just another rainy drive with some members. No garage queens here.

Frosty and the G-Wagon

January 27, 2019

You’d be smiling if you had a vintage G-wagon in your driveway too. Proving the Fuelfed driving spirit doesn’t have be put away when the snow hits.

Fuelfed Auction Barometer?

January 23, 2019

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As one of the most respected private car clubs in the US, we see what our members are buying or selling and why. Unlike others that report what has already happened based on auction results. We see what’s happening before the auctions. Every year from Amelia to Pebble between 10 to 14% of the auction dollars are Fuelfed member cars. In late 2018, we asked our top collector members how they were re-positioning their collections for 2019.

Three basic questions and their basic answers:

1. What percentage of your current collection are you selling in the near future?
Average answer was 4 to 5 cars. Or roughly 22% of their collection.

2. What cars are you looking to acquire?
Average answer was 0 to 1 car.

3. What is your strategy on those positions?
Most answered that they want thin out the random cars and get down to the cars they really liked. A few were looking to raise capital for other investments.

What does this all mean? With a 4 to 1 sell to buy ratio…well you can do the math. Let’s see if our small collector world is any barometer.

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Our Favorite Aussie Member

January 9, 2019

Our favorite Aussie sporting proper head and foot attire.

Air-Cooled Porsche History Made in Winnetka

January 4, 2019

 

On August 19, 2018, a record setting 140 air-cooled Porsches from the far reaches of the Midwest converged in the village of Winnetka, Illinois. Each owner a passionate enthusiast of a bygone era. An era flush with automotive history. On that special Sunday in August 2018, enthusiasts shared their own unique history.

Going forward our Luftgruppe event will be known as Zuffengruppe. Learn more and register for the August 2019 event at http://www.zuffengruppe.com.

We want thank Nikko Salgado (www.nikkosalgado.com) for his excellent job capturing what vintage Porsche ownership is truly about.

Thankful 2018

December 31, 2018

2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Fuelfed. We are very proud of our private drivers club and our great membership. These incredible enthusiasts have set the benchmark in camaraderie and passion that has established our events as a top leader in the vintage European car culture.

Hoping 2019 brings every enthusiast quality garage and drive time.

Things We are Thankful For…

November 21, 2018

Health. Working in the garage hasn’t killed us yet, so it must be making us stronger.

Family. They haven’t abandoned us despite all the time we spend in the garage.

Friends. Whenever we need them in my garage, they come a runnin’ with beer and free advice.

Fuelfed. Without this close group of crazy car nuts, driving old cars would have no purpose.

Hammrod Waits…

November 9, 2018

As Fuelfed members make final preparations to their chariots for this weekend’s legendary driver bootcamp, the Hammrod sits in its own dust waiting. Waiting in its battle scarred kit from its gloried past.

Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Thiensville This Sunday Morning

September 19, 2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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