Archive for the ‘Vintage Motor Culture’ Category

The Fuelfed W317 Recap

October 5, 2017

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Let’s say it with a short video. The music adds a better visual experience.

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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

Fuelfed MotorGearo is Ramping Up!

May 11, 2017

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The Fuelfed MotorGearo grill badges are in! Three weeks out until our vintage rally weekend starts. We have two slots left for those who truly enjoy driving their European classics the way they meant to be driven.

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The Chicago Perspective on Fuelfed Coffee & Classics FTL

April 25, 2017

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We had the great fortune to combine a business trip the same weekend of Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Fort Lauderdale. We’ve all seen the pictures and heard the reports from our man Martin, but never actually met any of the people, nor witnessed the cars.

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First and foremost, Martin could not be a better host and Fuelfed brand ambassador, and we are grateful to have him in our garage. We met Martin at an early 7:30am at his garage and, yes, it was still painfully darkish. Martin insisted that his classics be driven by his associates from the hinterland. Lorraine drove the famous silver 2002tii touring and I drove the e34 “Fire Car”. Yes, a real fire marshal car straight from Germany. The stunning 2.0 four banger was challenged to keep up with the 2002tii.

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We pulled into the lot across from the mighty Atlantic at Las Olas and the A1A and quickly got coffees to fight the cool breeze off the ocean.

Cars started to arrive one after another and Martin quickly greeted each one of them with a handshake.

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All were happy to see their monthly car buddies, similar to how Fuelfed started the Sunday morning events 8 years ago. Every car was different. Different as in a 1950s DKW cabriolet, BMW Z1, BMW e34 Euro M5 Touring and 356 cabrio with ultra-rare hard top.

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Martin made sure he talked to everyone in attendance as well as making it a point that everyone know that there were special guests from Fuelfed Chicago. This led to offers for Lorraine to drive her two all-time favorites: the 356 and 280sl. Something we hadn’t experienced since the late Peter D. trustingly gave us the keys to his F40.

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The vibe is definitely a very friendly and a tight group of enthusiasts eager to share all things European.

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We spent time comparing vintage touring notes with Dirk de Groen, the president of the BMWCCCoA, which then led to insiders’ tips on where to go in Miami. Wynwood…yes!

We spent time talking MGs, Alfa Milanos, 6 series, restored 914s and 1 owner e30 M3s and Grey Goose Rolls… but doesn’t everyone?

Overall, we love the group of big-hearted friendly enthusiasts Martin has brought together under the Fuelfed umbrella. The C&C-FTL experience made us appreciate all the people that make our events a stand-out.

Bring on the first C&C Winnetka of 2017! Oh wait, that’s this coming Sunday!

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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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The Fuelfed Season OPENER This Sunday Morning

April 6, 2017

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The 2017 Fuelfed drive season starts with the OPEN in Lake Forest this Sunday morning.

The OPEN is for all Fuelfed members and their American or European classic, modern sports or super cars.

There will be a required $5 donation for non-members to show their cars. The $5 donation will be applied to membership.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017
LOCATION:  FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
9:00AM -11:00AM

Lake Forest map

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Market House on the Square Restaurant & Starbucks are right there and will be happy to accommodate all your caffeine and hunger needs.

Solicitation of members and selling cars is prohibited. Those taking pictures and sharing online, we ask you state that your images were taken at the Fuelfed OPEN.

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Secret Lives of Old Cars

March 30, 2017

 

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So we were coming back from Putnam Raceway after a full day of high revving whoopy, when Frank’s 2002 started misfiring. So we pulled over at a cool old repair shop on a remote country road to investigate. Frank dug around the engine compartment as he usually does and Shahin supervised. I walked around the shop property to see what lay under the old canvas tarps. As I came around west end of the building, I thought I saw something move in the lot. After ignoring my better judgement, I continued looking in the side windows. When I returned to Shahin & Frank oblivious to what was happening, there they were, moving in for the inquisition…

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History for Sale at Continental Autosports in Hinsdale This Saturday

March 22, 2017

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This Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 is the 39th 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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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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Hand Car Wash

February 4, 2017

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It’s always important to keep your vehicles salt-free and here in the rust-belt we like to wash our cars by hand and let them air-dry.

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