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Fuelfed and Giving Back

March 27, 2018

Fuelfed is proud to have raised several thousand dollars at our events and donated all of it to the American Red Cross in 2017. These funds have gone to help those US residents devastated by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

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History on Sale Saturday 3.10.18 at Continental Autosports in Hinsdale

March 9, 2018

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This Saturday (tomorrow) from 9:00 to 3:00 is the 40th Ferrari Literature, Art & Model Expo, at our friends Continental Auto Sports, Hinsdale, IL. The definitive Italian automobile memorabilia expo in the midwest set amongst modern and vintage vehicles. As a Fuelfed member, you’ll recognize some familiar faces.

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1988 Porsche 959 Craigslist Find!

February 16, 2018

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Could this be the ultimate Craigslist find?!

Fuelfed member Brandon C. owner of Kafein in Evanston sent this one to us.

So let’s start with this new marketing approach to selling your million dollar classic. It used to be Ebay or BringaTrailer to get exposure for a big fee. Now it appears that you go to lowbrow Craigslist for what everyone will think is a scam and you provide of course a fake name and lawyers phone number and start collecting:

1. Desperate brokers that think they can take you.
2. Tools that want to debunk the ad.
3. Parasitic flippers.

But what you’re really doing is:

1. Collecting a list for some other purpose.
2. Creating a free buzz.

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About this crazy icon. We all know about the 959’s history and importance to modern automotive development. What you don’t believe is this CL 959 is the real deal. A quick run of the vin shows it was from a listing at Christies in 2004 and is/was real. It is now apparently in Portland, OR sitting in a warehouse.

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The CL listing reads:

1988 Porsche 959 Comfort, Metallic Silver with Burgandy-Silver-Gray leather interior. 6323 miles in original unrestored condition. Complete with all books, manuals, car cover, first aid kit, factory service manual and tools.

This is the EX-Patrick collection 959 from the UK. Before coming to the US it went through Porsche Classic in Germany and was serviced to the tune of nearly $100k.

A Porsche 959 would be a great addition to any extensive car collection. Only 337 were built ’86-’88 plus the 6-8 more that were built in 1992-3.

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And there you go. Let’s all fantasize and pontificate the truth on this unbelievable marketing approach. The Fuelfed community is large and connected. We’ve seen $50m exotic collections move through our ranks, unique barn-find Miuras and alike be unearthed, but never a stunt like this before.

Time to fire up the cigar, pour the Scotch and watch this one play out.

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Fuelfed Parts Swap Meet 2.3.2018

December 27, 2017

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Fuelfed, Inc. together with The Last Detail will again be hosting our 5th annual Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Now you can sell all those rare items you collected for that classic you sold back in 2015. From SU carbs, Recaros & Protipos to vintage Road & Tracks, oil signage & tools, our Fuelfed community is vast and eclectic and what better audience to sell to than those who appreciate what you do.

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The swap meet will be indoors at The Last Detail’s North Chicago location. You’ll be able to see some of the classic restorations they have in progress as well as finished concours vehicles on display.

We will also have a table for 2018 Fuelfed membership info/renewal.

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SPECIFICS:

We will have forty (40) 10’x6′ floor slots  to sell items. You must pay & reserve your slot in advance. No tables or chairs will be provided. We ask that all items for sale be automotive related and relevant. Please no duct-tape rolls, tube socks or Barbie dolls (unless breathing).

Costs
Admission: Members $3 (bring your card), non-members $5. Cash or check at the door please.
Floor slots: Open to members only $25 (includes 1 admission). Please purchase & reserve your slot before January 30, 2018 by going to our secure PayPal link.

Date & Time
Saturday, February 3, 2018
8:30am to 10:00am: Floor slot set-up.
10:00am to 1:00pm: Swap Meet Open to public.
1:00pm to 2:00pm: Clean up.

Location
The Last Detail
2900 North US Route 41
North Chicago, Illinois 60064
847.689.8822

Cancellation
The swap meet will only be cancelled if  there is a polar vortex punishing us again. Slot buyers will be notified by email. Event cancellation will also be posted on the Fuelfed home page.

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The Enthusiasts Shop

December 8, 2017

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Friend and Fuelfed member Hugh R. has been the curator of Barrington’s classic car enthusiast’s boutique The Finish Line for years. This holiday season Hugh has again opened a seasonal shop in downtown Barrington at 220 S. Cook. We thought we’d pay a visit to The Finish Line to see what he’s up to this year.

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The quint downtown area of Barrington was alive with Christmas activities as we made our way to the boutique. As we walked in, Hugh was there to greet us and shed the unique history for every item in his shop.

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From vintage driving caps to Cuban Gran Prix posters signed by Fangio, from C-Type gear shift knobs to an F1 nose cone, The Finish Line has quite the spread of automobilia and clothing sure to make the quality short list of any Fuelfed enthusiast. All items are authentic and hand picked by Hugh to present the highest quality, so don’t expect to find a $5 fake Ferrari hat from China. Fuelfed always supports our local merchants and we highly recommend that you drop that mouse and use your right foot to get to Barrington, it’s well worth the drive and make sure to bring your beautiful co-pilot.

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The Finish Line, Inc. Boutique
220 S. Cook Street
Barrington, IL
847-382-3020
youareawinner@earthlink.net

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Our Annual Fuelfed MotorGearo This Weekend June 2-3 2017

May 31, 2017

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The horn sounds at 9:30am this Friday morning at the beautiful Village Park 200 miles north of Chicago as 30 Fuelfed drivers and their vintage European cars pull out for the start of a 500 mile motoring journey we call the Fuelfed MotorGearo 250. Our unique two day vintage motoring rally blends the best roads over 8 stages with the finest culinary experiences the midwest has to offer.

This driver’s event has earned it’s reputation as “the best driving experience you can have for under $1000 anywhere.”

This year, we are honored to have Nikko Salgado working his camera magic as he documents and produces what will surely be a stunning account of the on and off road antics.

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We are proud to have the support of local partners in bringing the MotorGearo to the road in 2017:

Hagerty
BTR Chicago
Imports Unlimited 
Northshore Sportscars
Perfect Power
The Chocolatier, Inc.
The Last Detail
Catalyst Communications

10 Fuelfed Member Cars at Amelia Island

March 10, 2017

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For those members of Fuelfed that have frequented our exclusive events, you will recognize these incredible cars. The RM auction at Amelia Island this weekend will see ten Fuelfed member classics cross the block. While we’re sad to see them leave the club, but grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with each of them (even driving one at 10/10ths around Gingerman) and appreciate how they’ve been part of the fabric that has made Fuelfed so very special.

We won’t go into detail about each car, we’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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1. 1961 Ferrari 250SWB Berlinetta

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2. 1955 Alfa Romeo SS Coupe Zagato

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3. 1954 Mercedes Benz Gullwing

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4. 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Coupe by Frua

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5. 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider

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6. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB

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7. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

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8. 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Flat floor, Welded Louvers

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9. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0

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10. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT

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Honoring the Helmet

February 10, 2017

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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

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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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Rapidly Appreciating Cars Can Cool Just As Quickly

December 8, 2016

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By: Brian Rabold

According to the latest Hagerty Vehicle Ratings, previously scorching models like the 1964-67 Porsche 911, the 1984-89 Porsche 911 and the Ford GT are suffering minor hangovers now that interest has waned. These cars find themselves in the bottom following massive supply spikes – the direct result of lots of high-profile sales. Expect this to be a temporary blip as buyers stop chasing rising values with aspirational asking prices and supply begins tightening up.

Major inversions also occurred with the Porsche 924 (rated an 82 in July) and the DeTomaso Pantera (a 60 in July). Both have cooled considerably over the past two months, and now sit at a 20. The already cool first-generation Corvair got downright icy, losing 38 points to settle at an 8.

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Another theme is that classic British cars continue trailing the market. In fact, six of the bottom 25 models hail from England. The Austin-Healey 3000, Jaguar XK120 and Mk IV Austin-Healey Sprites occupied similar spots in the July rating, but they are now joined by the MG-TF, the Triumph TR4 and the Rolls-Royce Corniche. It seems that shifting preferences towards more modern cars is coming at the expense of models from the Land of Hope and Glory.

View the list of the 25 lowest rated vehicles.

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