The Enthusiasts Shop

December 14, 2016 by



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 opened a seasonal shop in downtown Barrington at 222A S. Cook. Yep, right near the BMW motorcycle shop. We thought we’d pay a visit to The Finish Line to see if it was all we’ve heard it was.




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.





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.







Rapidly Appreciating Cars Can Cool Just As Quickly

December 8, 2016 by


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.




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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Holiday Cocktails!

December 6, 2016 by



Looking forward to sharing some great Holiday cheer tonight Tuesday 12.6 with our Fuelfed brethren.




For Sale: 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL

December 2, 2016 by



This exceptional 1971 280SL is the 28 year effort of love by Fuelfed member Evans P. Evans purchased the straight, original rust-free SL from Utah (have copy of this title) in 1989 and spent the next two years having the vehicle professionally restored both mechanically and cosmetically.




The car had 55,125 miles in 1989 and now currently has only 59,385. This is a numbers matching original color car, redone in its factory spec ivory over red leather with black canvas top. We have photos and receipts documenting the restoration and all maintenance thereafter. We even have the PPI inspection letter from Alan Eisenberg from the Autohaus on Edens with his analysis from 1989.





Once the SL was completed, it lead a very, very pampered North Shore life receiving whatever it needed to keep it in perfect mechanical & cosmetic shape. Evans was proud to bring it every month to Coffee & Classics in Winnetka.

This is a no-excuses classic 280SL that Evans & family want to go to a passionate and discerning enthusiast.


The Specs

  • 1971 280SL
  • Vin# 11304412023108.
  • 59,385 original miles.
  • Original ivory over red leather. Black canvas top with ivory factory hard top.
  • 4 speed automatic.
  • Working factory Becker Europa radio.
  • All original factory books, tool kit and repair manual.
  • Working factory FrigiKing A/C.
  • Extra Nardi steering wheel as seen in pics. Original is on car currently.
  • This 280SL drives and performs as factory new. the controls and accessories work as they should.
  • Any small imperfections are shown in the photos.


Inquiries can be made here.


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2016 Fuelfed Holiday Party Tuesday Dec. 6

November 30, 2016 by


‘Tis that time for joyous spirits, whether it be bourbon or beer,
we look forward to quality time with our enthusiast brethren for some Holiday cheer.

The annual Fuelfed Holiday party is Tuesday, December 6
Light appetizers. Cash bar.

This a private party. Location emailed to 2016-17 Fuelfed members only. 

Fuelfed Member on Wheeler Dealers

November 16, 2016 by



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.



TFD16 is Here!

November 10, 2016 by



As twenty five Fuelfed members make final preparations to their chariots for this weekend’s driver bootcamp, the Hammrod sits in its own dust waiting. Waiting in its battle scarred kit from its gloried past. Waiting to unleash all its politically-incorrect, fuel-belching FUry. Waiting to uphold the proud spirit of an event driven by real men who use their right foot and counter-steer to trim slip angles. Waiting for Saturday. Waiting for Fuelfed TFD16.


The Fuelfed OPEN is Sunday Morning in Lake Forest

November 4, 2016 by



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.


8:00AM -11:00AM

Lake Forest map

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


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 by



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”.





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.



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

8:00AM -11:00AM

Lake Forest map

Harry Caray’s Last Call…

November 3, 2016 by

Yes, the world now knows the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. Yes, goat burgers for everyone!

The above video for Budweiser was produced here in Chicago and managed by a few Fuelfed connections over many, many late nights. It pays tribute to the biggest Cubs fan ever. He can rest now that his (and our) dream as been realized.