Archive for the ‘Vintage Motor Culture’ Category

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

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2016

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He who has not Spirit in his heart will never find it under a tree.

 

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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Fuelfed Member on Wheeler Dealers

November 16, 2016

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For those who watch Wheeler Dealers on the Velocity Channel, one of our own Fuelfed members will be on the show Wednesday night. 11.16.16 8:00PM CST.

Premier Episode: Mike’s looking for luxury, and finds it in the most expensive car Mercedes had to offer in 1983: the 500SEC.  With the right example and the help of a passionate (Fuelfed) enthusiast, Mike locates everything he needs to transform our coupe into a beautiful AMG Wide Body Tribute. Edd exercises his magic to turn our conservative SEC into a menacing autobahn cruiser.

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The Fuelfed OPEN is Sunday Morning in Lake Forest

November 4, 2016

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The OPEN is this Sunday, November 6 for all current Fuelfed members and their American or European classic, modern sports or super cars. This is our season closer for 2016.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2016

LOCATION:  FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
8:00AM -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.

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As per usual: solicitation is prohibited. Those taking pictures and sharing online, we ask you state that your images were taken at the Fuelfed OPEN.

More Fuelfed Press From Tom Cotter

November 4, 2016

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So exactly one year ago today, we get a call from establishing Fuelfed member Lou Natenshon to ask if he can bring a friend of his to the Fuelfed OPEN in Lake Forest that Sunday morning. We said “of course” and appreciated him asking. Turns out his friend was Tom Cotter, the famous author of such popular automotive books as Cobra in the Barn & 50 Shades of Rust among a few. Tom was to embark on a new journey down Route 66 to start his newest book Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip. Lou thought it appropriate to start the book’s themed adventure at what he assured Tom was the best car gathering he’ll see on his whole trip. The November morning was sunny and warm as Tom, famous photographer Michael Allan Ross and Brian Barr arrived in their yellow resto-modded Woody. Since the Fuelfed OPEN is for all current members cars classic, modern European & American, the crowd was huge and Tom & crew were taken back at the as his states: “A truly amazing assortment of high-end classics unlike the other cars & coffee type events I’ve been to”.

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The Fuelfed clan did the meet & greet thing for an hour or so and sent Tom and crew on their away with a big cheer south towards Chicago to start Route 66.

So, today we get a call from Lou asking if we saw the newly published book by Mr. Cotter. No, we reply. “Well, Fuelfed has a two page spread to start the book”. 

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Hey what-da-ya-know there we are. The story follows the day-by-day antics of people and their classic cars as well as local flavors sampled as they cross the country town by town. Well written as Tom always does, and Michael Allan Ross has the sharp eye to capture the right details that matter. A good read for sure.
We are very honored to be part of his great story.

Learn more about all Tom Cotter’s books.

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Speaking of the Fuelfed OPEN, this Sunday morning is the very same event Tom loved in Lake Forest.

LOCATION:  FOREST & NORTHGATE IN DOWNTOWN LAKE FOREST
8:00AM -11:00AM

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