Category: Country Classics Staunton IL

Dealership in HBO series sues after fire destroyed building, vintage cars – Bob Golfen @ClassicCars.com

Dealership in HBO series sues after fire destroyed building, vintage cars – Bob Golfen @ClassicCars.com

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A car dealership featured in the HBO series “I Know This Much is True” has sued the production company for negligence after a massive fire destroyed the business and its contents, including dozens of vintage cars used in the making of the show.

The Ellenville, New York, car dealership seeks around $8 million from Calling Grace Productions, which filmed the dramatic series starring Mark Ruffalo for HBO.

The dealer claims that a transformer used to charge camera batteries burst into flames after midnight on May 9, 2019, and that a security guard on duty had fallen asleep and was not alerted until explosions occurred when the fire was well-advanced.

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Classic Chevrolets burn to the ground on an HBO film set – Jonathon Ramsey @Autoblog

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Classic Chevrolets burn to the ground on an HBO film set

As car enthusiasts, we feel a special kind of horror watching other enthusiasts’ cars burn to the ground. That’s what happened last week to about a dozen 1990-model Chevrolets assembled for an HBO miniseries. The cable channel has adapted Wally Lamb’s book This Much I Know is True, part of which takes place in 1990. The production built a period-correct Chevrolet/Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Isuzu dealership in Elmersville, New York with the cars, trucks, and paperwork you’d have found at the time. After a three-alarm fire caught around 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning, nothing was left of the dealership and cars but burnt metal and wood, ashes, and smoke

Read the rest of the article here

Related – Haunting images of cars caught in the California wildfires

Unluckiest Dealer in the World? – Tornado smacks Illinois collector car dealership rebuilt after 2017 fire – Larry Edsall @ClassicCars Journal.com

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Country Classics in Staunton Illinois is a classic car dealer  that I visited a few years ago and found it to be very friendly dealer that sells affordable classics.

My visit here

However over the last few years they have not the best of luck suffering a major fire and recently becoming the victim of a tornado strike.

Hopefully their luck will deservedly change in 2019 and beyond.

Read the article on the tornado strike here

You can read articles on the 2017 fire here and here

Planning fire protection for your collector car – Wayne Wyss @Hemmings

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Here are 10 tips from Hemmings Classic Car via Wayne Wyss on protecting your car from fire, this is particularly relevant in view of the terrible impact that the current California wildfires have had on human life and property

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THE AUTHOR/ARTIST Wallace Wyss is the author of 18 car histories. As a fine artist, he is currently painting portraits of collector cars, like the Bugatti above. He can be reached at mendoart7@gmail.com.

Staunton’s Country Classic Cars Owner Reflects on Fire Damage

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Country Classic Cars owner Russ Noel reflects on the damage to his 20-year-old family business after Tuesday night’s fire destroyed about 150 cars worth millions of dollars. Investigators have not yet identified the cause of the fire. Video by Morgan Timms here

You can see how upset he is, but he’s determined to rebuild the business!

The original article is here

Massive Fire Damages Country Classic Cars in Staunton Illinois

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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

 

 

 

C10 Nation, Yellowstone and the One That Got Away

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I started listening to Ronnie Wetch’s C10 Talk Podcast a while back and it’s very informative and enjoyable.

As a result I looked up Ronnie’s brilliant custom 1973 C20 Cheyenne Super 3+3 crew cab long bed, with the camper installed this thing is enormous!

1973 C20 Cheyenne Super 3+3 crew cab long bed

There is a great article on the truck here from the RideTech website here

All this stuff reminds me of a few years ago when we were visiting Country Classics in Staunton IL during one of our US visits, as you can see the truck was really nice and the price probably even nicer at $5950! Sadly I didn’t pull the trigger….

As you can also see there was a nice red 78 Silverado at $9350