Archive for the ‘Vintage Motor Culture’ Category

Fuelfed Rolling River Rally 2019

April 10, 2019

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Fuelfed members have been asking for an interesting day drive and one that does not go to Wisconsin. In our constant quest to do things that are original, we decided to go south and visit our industrial roots.

On Saturday, May 11, we are teaming up with Rambler (no, not the car) to do a combined rally along the ICM canal and the Illinois river south to the hip warehouse district in downtown Peoria. We’ll conclude our drive with a closed-street classic car / motorcycle show with with local merchants offering moto-outdoor goods, food & drink.

This Fuelfed event starts at 8:00am and to meet-up with the Rambler guys at 10:30. They will lead us along their favorite routes following the majestic rolling tree-lined hills of the Illinois river. The street fest will start when we arrive around 12:30pm.

We’ll depart Peoria for Chicagoland around 4:00pm.

The Rolling River Rally is open to all Classic and Modern Fuelfed member cars.

Fuelfed Members Only.

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Drivers Club

March 18, 2019

Just another rainy drive with some members. No garage queens here.

The Original Fuelfed Classic European Swap Meet 2.9.19

January 30, 2019

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Fuelfed, Inc. together with The Last Detail will be hosting the original Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet Saturday, February 9th, 2019. This is our 6th year running.

From vintage motoring accessories, old Porsche parts, Recaros & Prototipos to vintage Road & Tracks, oil signage & tools, our Fuelfed community is vast and eclectic and what better way to find cool stuff than from those who appreciate what you do.

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If that Delehaye sales brochure isn’t found, you’ll still be able to enjoy the Midwests’ top classic European camaraderie.

The swap meet will be held 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.

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We will also have a table for 2019 Fuelfed membership info/renewal.

Donations at the Door
Members $3 (bring your card), non-members $5. Cash or check at the door please.

Visit the Swap Meet page to register for a vendor floor slot.

Time
10:00am to 1:00pm: Swap Meet Open to public.

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

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Hammer in the Snow

January 29, 2019

Todays’ Snow & Salt submission is from @heyedweirdo and his 1988 560sec AMG. Oh the brutality!

Frosty and the G-Wagon

January 27, 2019

You’d be smiling if you had a vintage G-wagon in your driveway too. Proving the Fuelfed driving spirit doesn’t have be put away when the snow hits.

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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The Fuelfed OPEN is this Sunday Morning in Lake Forest

November 2, 2018

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Our drive season concluding event is the Fuelfed 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 $10 donation for any non-members to show qualifying cars. The $10 donation will be applied to a 2019 membership.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
LOCATION:  FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
9:00AM -11:00AM

As hearty drivers, all Fuelfed events are rain or shine.

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.Please fill out a display sheet and put on your car so that others will know what it is when you aren’t there.

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Starbucks and Einstein Bagels are within a short walk east. Market House on the Square Restaurant is across from the parking lot and opens at 11a.m.

Public Courtesy:  This is a club event, and the public is welcome to spectate. However, soliciting services, products or activities without Fuelfed’s prior consent is strictly prohibited, and those doing so will be escorted out. To those taking pictures and sharing online, we ask you to state that your images were taken at the Fuelfed OPEN.

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Final Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Winnetka

October 25, 2018

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Coming off the Fuelfed Fall Classic, we move to straight into our final Coffee & Classics Winnetka. This Sundays’ (10.28) annual Era Appropriate Attire (EAA) festival is always very interesting. Where drivers are period correct with their classic.

Car and attire will be voted on by all 90 (yes, 90) 2018 Fuelfed volunteers.

Awards will be announced at 10:30 at the corner of Lincoln & Elm .

Trophies will be give to the top 3 combos. Spectators are also encouraged to dress up as well. Sorry, but only Fuelfed members are eligible to win.

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A limited number of paid Fuelfed Modern European members will be admitted as space allows by showing your 2018 membership card.

Numbered Donation passes may be purchased for $10 at the entry point on Lincoln by non-members driving European Classics ONLY. The $10 will be credited to 2019 membership dues if you join the club within 7 days of attending the event.

Display Card

We ask drivers to download windshield display cards and fill out their car’s vitals. This will allow the rest of us to appreciate the classic even if the driver isn’t near by to chat. Click on Editable pdf below to enlarge and fill in your data, then print it out. Or click on Regular jpg to print out and hand write in.

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Finally, Fuelfed Coffee & Classics® is a private club event for our members and those interested in joining. The public is welcome spectate. However, those caught soliciting our members for services, products or activities outside Fuelfed authorization will be escorted out.

All pictures by FFG100 Jean Trnka.

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Fuelfed Fall Classic 2018 is Now!

October 12, 2018

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Our 6th annual trademark Fuelfed Fall Classic Rally weekend is now! Drivers and their dates are prepared for a colorful weekend of classic autumnal touring along some of the best routes the midwest as to offer. And then there’s the exclusive cuisine and cocktails that make this event classic Fuelfed!

Classic Motoring Redefined®, not just a motto, it’s who we are.

 

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Fuelfed Coffee & Classics Thiensville This Sunday Morning

September 19, 2018

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Counting down the days until we continue our Fuelfed Coffee & Classics extension to Thiensville, WI. We chose Thiensville for its rich history with European cars. Local racing historian and author Bob Birmingham gave us a little insight to what really happened in the day. How? He was there.

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Young Dick Vogel started racing in 1954 just as Road America was in its gestation. He soon opened a small foreign car dealership called Milrace Motors on Cedarburg Rd. (Highway 57) just north of old Green Bay Rd. That operation was in a small wood frame building not much larger than a two-car garage. In 1959 he purchased a building right on the river where we had our Coffee & Classics Thiensville in July.  He handled Triumph, Berkeley, Borgward and Moretti autos. He then expanded to Morgan, Bentley and Jaguar.

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For the release of the new Jaguar E-Type, Milrace had a big gala for area high-rollers. The young Augie Pabst, Bob Birmingham, and a few salesmen from the Pabst Motors in Milwaukee drove a bunch of new Mercedes Benz up and parked along Green Bay Rd. so those attending the gala would have to walk past them.

Ultimately, Augie co-drove a Morgan with Dick in Production Class in the early years of Road America. They were good friends, but business competitors.

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Milrace Motors became a destination stop for those heading north from Milwaukee and Chicago for the races in Elkhart Lake. The likes of Fred Wacker II, Sterling Moss, Phil Hill and other racing legends all visited Milrace every time they were in the area.

Milrace Motors moved on by the early 1970s as Dick and his wife Judy opened Kathy’s house (akin to Ronald McDonald House) to honor the daughter they lost to cancer.

Milrace Motors played a strong role in Midwest racing and we honor the parallels it has to the pure Fuelfed Spirit.

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On September 23rd, from 9:00am to 11:00am we are gathering on the very street, in front of the very same Milrace building to honor those who believe that racing improves the breed. Green Bay Rd. and Elm in Thiensville will once again feel the glory of classic European vehicles.

Shully’s Catering (next to the old Milrace building) and Fiddleheads Coffee (across the footbridge) will both have coffee and pastries available for us.

Chicago Fuelfed members will gather at the Lake Forest Oasis on I94 and will leave at 7:15am sharp to caravan north to Thiensville. After the event, several of us will be getting brunch and driving a Fuelfed Kettle Tour south to Illinois afterwards.

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