Archive for the ‘Driver Focus’ Category

The Fuelfed Spirit and Bo Danenberger

March 1, 2018

Member Bo Danenberger has long embodied the Fuelfed spirit that so many members share. Always one to follow his heart, Bo has led an adventurous life of hunting, collecting and restoring European classics, long before they were on the enthusiasts radar. Always the entertainer, Bo is a frequent character at Fuelfed Coffee & Classics and VSCDA events around the midwest.

We sat down with Bo back in early 2013 and did an interview at his Livery. It’s a moving story and in the above out-take clip he talks about Fuelfed Coffee & Classics. You can hear and see the genuine passion in his eyes.

Special thanks to ShiftFocus Productions on their video prowess.



The Final Drive Evolved

October 4, 2017


We are just five weeks out from our driver bootcamp we call The Final Drive (TFD17). This private member only event has a long legacy as the premier open road driving event. This is not an event not for the weak hearted or those without strong track experience. Our 15 year tradition has evolved again this year, with completely new routes and driving agenda.

Members watch for it in the next club email.


Fuelfed Member Garage Night at Perfect Power 8.17.17

August 12, 2017


Our own” King of air-cooled”, Sol Snyderman will be hosting our member only Garage Night at his shop Perfect Power. If you are a real Porschephile, you know Sol. And if like surgically clean and organized shops with stunning projects in different phases to ogle over, this is your Fuelfed event.



Perfect Power creates engaging driving machines based on the timeless Porsche 911 chassis. While he and his team are known for their Porsche expertise, they also have the talent to repair other fine vintage cars. Perfect Power perpetuates the art of the automobile by repairing vintage cars and building custom vehicles which continually exceed their clients’ expectations.


Thursday August 17, 2017

Perfect Power
1009 Commerce Court
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089


The Fuelfed MotorGearo Video is Coming!

July 10, 2017


We are extremely proud of the forth coming short video by Nikko and Robert at bonafidecreators as they documented the heart and soul of the 2017 Fuelfed MotorGearo.

Stay tuned!

Honoring the Helmet

February 10, 2017


Recent owner of Noble Automotive Ltd. and FFG100 founder Peter D., pauses at turn one, Sears Point Raceway.

Peter D. – The Consummate Fuelfed Member

January 5, 2017



We first formally met Peter and his wife at Fuelfed Cocktails & Classics in early 2012. As the season progressed he quickly volunteered to work the gates at Coffee & Classics in Winnetka and always showed up at Spontaneous Combustions in a different historic classic. Little did we know the depth of his car affliction.





As Fuelfed grew, so did our friendship with Peter. His passion for 1980’s rally and super cars was unparalleled. He offered test drives of some of the greatest cars ever conceived. F40 full throttle through the Ravines…check. 288GTO at redline on the Edens…check. Lancia S4 tearing up Sheridan Rd…check. His gracious and selfless offerings were just the tip of what was to come.







The Fuelfed Steering Committee was formed in the summer of 2013, and Peter was eager to be part of the board. His vast and well-honed global business leadership gave vital insight & sharp input into formalizing our vibrant club for the discerning collector, and for the young enthusiast. Meetings were long and agenda-filled, yet Peter always kept discussions on point. Eventually, Steering Committee meetings were held in his private shop to ensure the smell of gasoline & rubber was always present and that the club’s focus remained on camaraderie & driving. Inevitably meetings turned to car stories and wine would continue to flow.




Peter was not only a larger than life collector, but he was also a private and strong family man. Peter always put family first, as we all should. And, in turn, that combination often meant some sort of classic European car was part of a family adventure regardless the country he and his family were in.

Peter was very excited to be part of Fuelfed as he found kindred spirits in many fellow members, yours truly in particular. He loved working on his cars and found great therapy in fixing, improving, and detailing his cars. Many a weekend or evening he spent wrenching in his shop.








He LOVED Coffee & Classics in Winnetka and volunteering at the main gate. He was a fixture there and selfless, seldom missing a month.

The man knew cars – no BS story got past him…period. Peter had a wry sense of humor which he shared with many regulars passing through the gate on his watch. He enjoyed the detailed car conversations that occur at every C&C, and would gladly spend time sharing his knowledge with others. He often spent time at the end each Coffee & Classics letting young enthusiasts explore his Ferraris, BMW M1, Lancia Stratos or whatever he drove that month. Several were fortunate enough to get a short ride (with parental consent).






It is with heavy heart that we have lost a great personal friend and immensely influential Fuelfed founder in December of 2016. Peter D. will forever be greatly missed and he had made countless contributions worldwide seen and unseen. Fuelfed will dedicate an annual event in his honor.






Big Thanks to Martin!

December 25, 2016



We want to give a BIG shout out and thank you to Martin Meissner for all the hard work he’s doing down in Fort Lauderdale running our Coffee & Classics FTL. Martin could not be a better Fuelfed brand ambassador with his extreme passion for classic European cars and his jovial & welcoming persona.

We had to dig up the 2011 video of Martin and his rare 2000tii to prove they both haven’t aged a bit.

If you are near FTL on the last Sunday of the month, make your way over to Las Olas Blvd. & A1A by 8:00am and buy the guy in above 2011 C&C clip a cup of coffee.


Fuelfed Member Interview at Coffee & Classics Back in July 2011

January 24, 2016


It’s hard to believe we’re in our sixth season of Coffee & Classics. As such, we thought it interesting how dynamic the event was back then and how it’s grown into the premier venue it is today. Yet the Fuelfed purpose has always remained true to it’s serious enthusiast core.

Here’s Alan’s interview from July 2011 Coffee & Classics in Winnetka. No GoPro, no iPhone video, just old school digital video done well by ShiftFocus in Chicago.
With a little help from Tim, Alan brought both his blue Shelby Cobra and cream E-Type that sweltering Sunday morning. We wanted to capture Alan and one of the many stunning classics he surprises us with each month on video. He was as gracious as ever, and gave us a little insight into his vast vehicle ownership..


Our Own Bill Hall in the Drive Home Rally

January 4, 2016



While Fuelfed has always focused on classic European motoring, we also focus on members who have unique opportunities. In this case, our own Bill Hall from Milwaukee. Most Fuelfed members know Bill for his generous hospitality and lawn parties at his house on Lake St. up in Elkhart during most historic racing events. He’s also co-hosted the 2013 Fuelfed Fall Classic with his Kettle Call TSD Rally.




Though Bill prefers to drive Italian steeds, he has the fortunate opportunity to drive a 1957 Nomad from Tacoma, WA to Detroit, MI in The Drive Home Rally benefitting Hagerty Education Program. As painful as it sounds, the cars will be driven from December 27 through January 8, 2016, yes right through the rust belt. Cudos to Bill and his two other cohorts for taking the challenge of drum brakes and bias ply tires on live axles while navigating black ice.




Want to see these three classics in person and cheer Bill on? Bill and buddies will be making a pit stop this Wednesday morning January 6, from 9:00-10:00 at the Shell station in Schaumberg. The Shell is located at 517 Mall Dr. Schaumberg.



The Final Drive 2015

December 6, 2015



Well the end of the driving season has commensed and all good Fuelfed enthusiasts have put their classics to sleep for the winter. This now gives us much needed time to reflect. So now lets start with the last work backwards from TFD15.2.





While we’d like to talk about interesting tid-bits on this driver boot camp weekend, it’s best to leave what happened on TFD15.2 back in the coolies between Stages 3 & 4 to protect the guilty. So let’s stick with a light overview.








We always seem to be blessed with incredible weather for this event and 2015 was no different. Fuelfed members from as far as Denver, Indianapolis & Minneapolis made the trek in Friday in order to drive on Saturday. There’s a reason why there’s a waiting list and it isn’t for the beer.











Unfortunately we lost a Group Leader at the last minute, forcing us into 3 Run Groups (RGs) rather than 4. We have to commend Neal A., Nick M., & Andy D., for rising to the occasion and doing another great job of shuffling vastly different cars and their equally varied drivers.






The end of Stage 1 always brings a lot of driver chatter and needed RG adjustments. By Stage 4, RGs have found their synergy with adrenaline high and right feet heavy as everyone tries to beat the sun down to the banks of the Mississippi.



This year, Stage 4 was redirected midway due to random construction. RG2 lost a car due to oiling failure. As TFD rule goes: bring your AAA card and lots of cash. Yes the hot little 2002 was pushed into a corn field and then recovered the following morning by it’s owner and three very generous friends from Chicago.