Whilst I was doing some research on the California wildfire and the damage to car collections I came across this story about a devastating fire at Country Classic Cars in Staunton Illinois from back in August 2017.
This was particularly upsetting having visited the site on a previous visit to the U.S.
More detail and video footage of the fire can be found here
Almost bougtht a Chevy Truck on my previous visit to Staunton read the article here
Here are some pre-fire pictures taken during my visit
A look back at some stories from the classic car hobby in 2017 by Daniel Strohl at Hemmings
1. Route 66 resuscitation in the works.
2. Significant cars see the sun again.
3. Dune-buggy owners take on Texas ban.
4. Auto racing in Europe faces big challenges.
5. U.K. gives classic cars an official cutoff age
The details of these stories and plenty more can be found here
2018 Car Hobby Predictions From Hemmings
2018 car hobby predictions from Kurt Ernst at Hemmings, the article begins with a recap of the 2017 predictions, scarily accurate!
Here’s the 2018 headlines:
1/Electric cars—including classic cars with electrified drivetrains—will become more commonplace.
2/Expect to see more museums close and more collections head to auction.
3/Long-ignored cars will gain in appeal among a new generation of collectors.
4/After five-plus decades of speculation, the mid-engine Corvette will become a reality in 2018, but we’re betting this will be a separate model and not a replacement for the C7
5/Motorcycles will continue to climb in value at auctions, even as ridership decreases.
Read on here to see the detail of Kurt’s predictions
Took a trip along to the 2017 Retro Festival, good turn out of American vehicles this year, in particular Mustangs were well represented. The Festival is getting bigger every year.
A day after the trauma of the breakdown on the way to Wheels Day, the investigation began!
Still refusing to start and having no spark I decided to swap in a known good coil, lo and behold the car started and I was able to reverse out of the garage having to push in the day before.
After letting the car idle for about 10 mins it decided to cut out and refused to restart.
Knowing that the Pertronix is very sensitive to correct voltage I decided to charge the battery, however the car still failed to start and still had little or no spark.
So the decision to go back to points is confirmed and the parts are on order from O’Neills
Good news today, the A has been accepted for display in the arena at Wheels Day 2017 which is on Good Friday.
Better start getting it ready 🙂
1929 Model A Sport Coupe at Wheels Day 2016
This years AMBR is the beautiful Mullholland Speedster
Read Kurt Ernst’s article and see more photos here
It’s New Years Day so it was off to Phoenix Green for the annual car meet.
Reasonable turn out of American and American related vehicles.
The weather wasn’t so kind this year which was reflected in the number of cars in attendance.