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A Great OPEN to the Fuelfed Driving Season

April 13, 2017

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The weather started 2017 as great as it finished the 2016 drive season . The Fuelfed OPEN was a fantastic season kick-off with well over 250 cars packed into downtown Lake Forest.

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Again, the stunning variety of classic cars was unparalleled. From a Renault Alpine rally car to Joe Bortz Parisienne to a 1929 Indy Miller to a Porsche Ruf 935, the 250 California and 365 GT 2+2 seemed overed shadowed by the little Abarth and the impossibly rare Kaiser Darrin.

Fuelfed is honored to continually have the top collectors & enthusiasts with in our ranks who want to drive and share their classics.

Scroll through a few of the examples below and we think you’ll understand our club pride.

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Fuelfed Drive Season Start-Up Social…Just Great People!

March 28, 2017

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Our Drive Season Start-Up Social was quite the success last Tuesday evening. Over 100 seasoned members and new initiates mingled in Wilmette’s new little downtown gem. We are proud of our diverse membership and the great attitude they bring to our classic car culture. Every party brings future friends together.

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Peter D. – The Consummate Fuelfed Member

January 5, 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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 OPEN November 2015 Lake Forest

March 14, 2016

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The Lake Forest OPEN always draws a great mix of all classics. Last November was no exception. From Joe’s incredible Amelia winner Maserati A6G Berlinetta to the other Joe’s one off custom 1940’s black Lincoln. Even Tom Cotter started his newest road trip book at the OPEN. Just four weeks to April’s 2016 season kick off.

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Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge.

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Fuelfed Concorso Italiano in Winnetka

January 27, 2016

 

Those familiar with Fuelfed Coffee & Classics in Winnetka, know that we have a long standing relationship with Ferrari and every September C&C becomes our own Concorso Italiano. While Lincoln & Elm are the still the epicenter of European classics, east Elm and surrounding blocks through out the neighborhood become a sea of Italian metal, classic & modern. The Auto Committee took the opportunity capture some of the pageantry as the event as it was winding down. Thanks to Schmitt Haus for sending us this clip.

Fuelfed Holiday Party at Smylie Brothers Brewery

December 17, 2015

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As Fuelfed membership continues to grow, so must our venue. This year we moved to the lodge-like upper level at Smylie Brothers Brewery in Evanston for our private Holiday gathering. Brad, Katey & owner Matt did a great job of keeping our membership needs filled.

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Bourbon-barrel aged APA? Hands down Smylie’s best and most creative brew. Beware of the 11% ABV!

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Per usual, our members crowded around the bar, while others chatted around the fireplace.

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It’s always great pleasure to get to know members outside the surroundings of steel, fuel & concrete.

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The Final Drive 2015

December 6, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Fun Wasn’t Just at Coffee & Classics

October 7, 2015

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Septembers’ Coffee & Classics set the tone for our after-show brunch at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette. For those who contribute to Fuelfed in many forms, we humbly give back with a 50 member private parade down Sheridan Rd. to brunch on Lake Michigan. It’s the perfect way wind down the weekend with a bloody mary, salmon benedict and fantastic camaraderie.

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Stunning Display at September Coffee & Classics in Winnetka

October 5, 2015

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Wow! Another incredible show for September Coffee & Classics. From the ultimate garage find Miura to 74 Ferraris, to a one off concept car. Fuelfed Coffee & Classics continues blow away all expectations in what could now possibly be the greatest private club classic car show in the country. The diversity and level of member cars never ceases to boggle the mind.

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But we have to first talk about the star of the show. Yes the local legend of the mythical Evanston Miura. Yes the same Miura that thousands of school kids would see driving on Church St. each day back in the 1970s. This one included. The very Miura that Wayne Carini tried to steal from Jay several years.

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Yes, that famous Miura is with in our Fuelfed fraternity. After 40 years of private slumber, it made it’s unrestored patina debut on it’s original owner’s 90th birthday. Yes it took months bring it back to life, but in true Fuelfed spirit, it was driven on it’s 45 year old tires to Winnetka for all to see. Pebble Beach somehow now seems a little over rated. Fuelfed will have the exclusive full story on it’s reclusive life in the coming weeks.

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Our annual Coffee & Classics Ferrari feature brought out over 74 Ferrari’s of all types and every 14 old boy on the Northshore was there franticly running around viewing the event from behind his iPhone.

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Ferraris and Lambos weren’t the only treat on hand. The never seen out side a museum Lincoln Mk 9 concept was actually driven (required) a short distance to the show. Last seen in 2001 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Lincoln’s designer secretly gave us the styling preview of what the future Range Rover would like before Ford acquired Land Rover.

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Alfa, Amphicar, Anoldt, Armstrong, Aston, Austin were just a tip of the alphabet of a mix of outstanding classics on display.

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