Archive for the ‘Vintage Motor Culture’ Category

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

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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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Fuelfed Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet This Saturday 1.28.17

January 27, 2017

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This Saturday morning is our third annual Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet. Again graciously hosted by The Last Detail in North Chicago.

From vintage motoring accessories, 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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You’ll also want to check out what TLD has in their shop and show room…special secret!

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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

Please take note of parking restrictions.

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Has the Classic Car Market Shifted?

January 20, 2017

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With all eyes on Scottsdale & Phoenix for the winter auctions, investors are watching for the market trends to base their next move. With Hagerty & Sports Car Market going by what sells and for how much to base their predictions.

Fuelfed has different vantage point. You see, Fuelfed has several of the countries’ top collectors with in our ranks. Collectors who have won Pebble & Amelia several times (and yes some of these are at Coffee & Classics). Collectors that have not just a few 7 digit cars, but 10x that.

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Every December when the driving season has calmed, we do a light survey with these collectors and their plans for the forthcoming auction series. Interestingly, most Fuelfed collectors opt for Amelia Island and not Arizona to do their trading. You can probably guess why.

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Anyway, this year there was a big uptick in cars going to Amelia. Not just a few 1960s Ferraris, but over 60 high ticket vintage Europeans being sold off with in the club. Are these collectors feeling the classic car run-up has peaked? Time to move in another direction? From what we’re hearing in Arizona…

We’re not predicting, we’re just reporting what we see from our garage stool.

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Old Stuff

January 9, 2017

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We recently took a short tour through an old collectors shop that had millions of little “stuffs” everywhere. So much so, that it would take days to absorb it all. As we walked past a grey vault, out jumped a little familiar friend.

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Fuelfed Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet: 1.28.2017

January 7, 2017

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Fuelfed, Inc. together with The Last Detail will be hosting our third Classic European Parts & Memorabilia Swap Meet Saturday, January 28th, 2017.

From vintage motoring accessories, 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.

Check out more pictures from previous Fuelfed Swap Meets here.

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If that Delehaye sales brochure isn’t found, you’ll still be able to enjoy the Midwest 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 2016 Fuelfed membership info/renewal.

Admission
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