Massive Fire Damages Country Classic Cars in Staunton Illinois

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

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See ya, ’17! A quick look back at some of the biggest old-car stories of the last year – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

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

 

Five Car Hobby Predictions for 2018 – Kurt Ernst, Hemmings Daily

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

 

Inspired by a ’36 Packard, the Mulholland Speedster is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster for 2017 – Kurt Ernst, Hemmings

This years AMBR is the beautiful Mullholland Speedster

The Mullholland Speedster

AMBR 2017

Read Kurt Ernst’s article and see more photos here

 

New Years Day at Phoenix Green

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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.