Articles filed under Avery, Matt

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  • Arena crowd celebrates Bigfoot’s birthday Mar 23, 2015 10:47 AM
    A birthday bash was held this past weekend and the delighted 10,000lb-guest of honor celebrated by revving up and crushing some cars. The legendary Bigfoot monster truck, a jacked-up 1974 Ford F-250 built by Bob Chandler in 1975, is turning forty this year.

     
  • Cheese shop’s 1940 Plymouth is a rolling business card Mar 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    When Marty Ruhland was looking for a unique vehicle to draw attentiomn to his deli and cheese shop, he purchased a 1940 Plymouth Sedan Delivery in 2002. He paid $200, thinking at the time, “even that was way too much.”

     
  • Would you like to print out a new part? Mar 21, 2015 4:15 PM
    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory near Knoxville, Tennessee, has built a unique Shelby. While it appears like the majority of both genuine and replica Cobras, don’t let looks fool you. This one was 3-D printed.

     
  • Original Mustangs to be reproduced Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    The Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 and one company is turning back the hands of time. Revology Cars is returning to the iconic model’s roots with plans to crank out new original ’Stangs.

     
  • Dazzling displays seen at 53rd annual World of Wheels Mar 16, 2015 10:09 AM
    The 53rd annual World of Wheels car show, held this past weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, didn’t disappoint as a visual delight for four-wheeled enthusiasts. Setting this show apart are the elaborate displays that accompany many of the custom vehicles.

     
  • Couple's 1972 LeMans still a date-worthy vehicle Mar 16, 2015 5:16 AM
    Tom Rowan of Palatine had a well-defined set of prerequisites when he went car shopping in 1972. He didn't care if it was an Oldsmobile, Chevy or Buick, but it had to be a factory convertible for dates with his bride-to-be, Maureen.

     
  • Whizzer engines put the metal to the pedal Mar 9, 2015 6:22 AM
    As a fifth-grade student, Ray Spangler's interest in Whizzers was sparked. The Whizzer-built engines, most notably during the 1940s and 1950s, that could be bolted onto bicycles.

     
  • Pontiac is too perfect to part with Mar 2, 2015 12:00 AM
    While walking out of New Trier High School one spring day, Ira Kessler laid eyes on “the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen in my life.” Kessler, a high school junior at the time, caught sight of a new Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

     
  • Throttle open on motorcycle technology Feb 24, 2015 2:20 PM
    The Progressive International Motorcycle Show was held last weekend in Rosemont and offered a warm retreat for enthusiasts to get caught up with the very latest in the two-wheeled motoring world. Two bikes that caught my eye were a 2014 Star Stryker and Project LiveWire, a Harley-Davidson concept e-bike.

     
  • Chevy gasser becomes dear to both father and son Feb 23, 2015 11:31 AM
    The eighth annual Race and Performance Expo rolled back into St. Charles last weekend. A returning display was the Car Builder's Showcase, where area builders spotlighted their recent builds. It was here I heard the tale of Dave VerSchave's stunning tangerine 1955 Chevrolet gasser.

     
  • Couple collects complete set of SS Impalas Feb 16, 2015 11:00 AM
    The 1967-1969 Chevrolet Impala SS427 may have been overshadowed by smaller, more nimble muscle machines like the Chevelle, Nova and Camaro, but passionate enthusiasts like Arnold and Barb Boris of Kildeer are working to preserve their legacy.

     
  • 'Brazen' Pontiac performs in powerful film role Feb 13, 2015 3:26 PM
    While Jim Feurer now pilots a late-model Pontiac GTO, his love for the iconic muscle car runs deep. So deep in fact, that as a 22 year old, the Wauconda resident ordered a new 1966 example.

     
  • Early convert liked ‘quirky’ Mini Feb 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Norm Miller’s recollection of the coolest wheeled machinery from the 1970s TV series “CHiPs” wasn’t the California troopers’ police motorcycles. Rather, the St. Charles resident remembers a diminutive character, a 1966 Austin Mini Cooper.

     
  • Brotherly advice steers teen toward 1968 Cutlass S Feb 2, 2015 6:00 AM
    When Larry Speicher of Naperville was a teen growing up in Pennsylvania, he was ready to buy his first car. His brotyher Jack, an engineer with oldsmobile, pulled him aside one day. “He couldn't tell me anything, but strongly suggested I wait for the 1968 Cutlass S."

     
  • Strike delayed delivery of sweet GTO Jan 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Having just finished engineering school, a 24-year-old John Cutts was in need of some transportation. The year was 1964 and the day happened to be Halloween. Rather than going trick-or-treating, Cutts strolled into Right-Way Pontiac in his hometown of DeKalb.

     
  • Former carpenter now customizes motorcycles Jan 19, 2015 12:00 AM
    For many years, Tony Prust honed his skills working as a carpenter. However, his more creative, mechanical side wanted to come out, and he started customizing motorcycles. The next step was opening his own shop, Analog Motorcycles in Gurnee.

     
  • Family values and Pontiacs pass to next generation Jan 12, 2015 6:00 AM
    While growing up, Chris Vegas’ family was all about Pontiacs. When the owner of this 1966 Bonneville was born, his mother was driving a Charcoal Blue 1966 Tempest while his father drove a Fontaine Blue 1966 Ventura. Vegas’ grandparents also piloted Pontiacs.

     
  • 1962 Chevrolet panel truck remains on the job Jan 5, 2015 5:36 AM
    Trucks, whether new or old, are meant for work. John Dougherty of Palatine sure gets that when in comes to his 1962 Chevrolet panel truck.

     
  • Alluring peek sparks love of 1968 Firebird Dec 29, 2014 6:19 AM
    Chet Kumm of Huntley ordered his 1968 Pontiac Firebird new, but only because he was “late to the game.” His 1960 Pontiac Ventura had recently died and he needed wheels in the fall of 1967.

     
  • Volo museum to unveil rare Elvis find Dec 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s no secret that Elvis Presley had a thing for big, beautiful Cadillacs. The rock ’n’ roll legend purchased dozens of them; some he kept, a few were customized and others he gave away.

     
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