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Zuffengruppe the Pusher

August 9, 2019

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You see them everywhere. Coffee & Classics, MotorGearo and McDonalds.
Red one, blue ones, black ones, older ones that are faster than you.
Some have four, some have 6. All are flat.
Some are boosted, some are outlawed. All are meant to be driven.
If you can’t get enough for your air-cooled high, then Zuffengruppe 2 will be your hallowed pusher.

Beautiful Twin Lakes, WI will play host to 100s of vintage air-cooled Porsches from 11:00 to 3:00pm this Sunday 8.11.19.
www.zuffengruppe.com

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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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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.

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.