CAR SHOWS OF INTEREST TO NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN HOBBYISTS
19 (Sun) Buick-Olds-Pontiac-Cad Swap, St. Chas, IL www.bopcswap.com
24-26 (W/E) Milwaukee World of Wheels, State Fair Park, WI www.autorama.com
24-26 (W/E) Detroit Autorama www.autorama.com
35-26 (W/E) Race & Performance Expo, St. Charles, IL www.rpexpo.com
03-05 (W/E) Chicago World of Wheels www.autorama.com
17-19 (W/E) Minneapolis World of Wheels www.autorama.com
19 (Sun) Fond du Lac Swap Meet 920-922-4881
26-26 (W/E) Super Sunday Indy, Indiana State Fairgrounds supersundayindy.com
29-04/02 (WE) NEW Motorama, Shopko Hall/Brown Cty Arena newmotorama.com
01-02 (W/E) NEW Motorama, Shopko Hall/Brown Cty Arena newmotorama.com
08 (Sat) Wisconsin SAH Meeting, Hartford, WI email@example.com
28-30 (W/E) Jefferson Swap Meet, Jefferson, WI madisonclassics.com
05-07 (W/E) Vintage Torque fest, Dubuque, Iowa www.vintagetorquefest.com
06 (Sat) Freedom High School Auto Show, Freedom, WI 1-920-788-7940
07 (Sun) N.E. Technical College Car Show, Green Bay www.nwtc.edu
19 (Fri) Shawano High School Auto Show, Shawano 1-715-526-2175
19 (Fri night) Clintonville Car Show, Glintonville, WI 1-715-823-4606
20 (Sat) Kimberly High School Car Show, Kimberly, WI 1-920-687-3024
21 (Sun) Wisconsin Vets Home Car Show, King, WI 1-715-258-5586
27 (Sat) Omro Car Show, Omro, WI www.futureomro.org
02-03 (Fri-Sat) Vintage Pipes & Stripes, Weyauwega, WI vintagepipesandstripes.com
04 (Sun) New London Car Show, New London, WI 1-920-572-5140
17 (Sat) Green Bay Classic Car Show, Green Bay, WI No information
23-25 (W/E) Back to the ‘50s, Mineapolis, MN need contact
06 (Thurs) Wolf River Diner, Fremont, WI 1-920-446-3153
06-08 (W/E) Iola Car Show, Iola, WI www.iolaoldcarshow.com
At Gunner’s Great Garage, one of our favorite car shows to start off the new year is the World of Wheels Show in Milwaukee. In years gone by, we’ve seen everything there from up-sized Ferraris to The Fonz. And the great thing about the show is that it hasdifferent attractions every year.
This year’s World of Wheels is scheduled for Friday, February 24, Saturday February 25 and Sunday, February 26, 2017. It is being billed as the 55th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels. It takes place at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wis.
At the show will be hundreds of custom cars, classics, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and race cars. As always, you’ll be able to see a fantastic showing of true automotive art.
See some of Wisconsin’s finest show cars as well as a number of special exhibits and feature celebrities.
For additional information, you can follow the link below to the World of Wheels Website.
P.S.: If for some reason you can’t make it to Milwaukee next week, you may want to visit the World of Wheels in Minneapolis next month. You’ll find it listed on the Website, too.
Gateway Classics (www.gatewayclassiccars.com) is a chain of collector car dealerships spread across the country. The St. Louis based company currently operates 13 locations, with three more planned for 2017. It did $50 million in sales last year. Gateway Classics was launched in 1999 and today advertises that it is the “world’s largest” seller of classic cars.
The Gateway Classics location in Kenosha, Wis.—known as the “Milwaukee Location”—hosted a “Cars & Coffee” event on January 28. It was held in the company’s newest showroom which is in a 40,000 sq. ft, building in an almost brand new industrial park. There were around 110 cars for sale in the building ranging from a 1919 Dodge Coupe to a late-model Aston-Martin.
Sales Associate Zach Hannula said that the Milwaukee store has been open about six months and has sold about 50 cars. He said that all the cars for sale are on consignment from private owners. Gateway charges $195 for displaying a car for three months in Kenosha. All cars are checked thoroughly when they arrive and a sales associate and the car owner agree on a market-based selling price. A mark up is added and if the car sells, the markup goes to Gateway.
Two men who had used Gateway Classics to sell a car attended the Cars & Coffee. One man had inherited a 1970 Chevelle and Gateway sold for only $1,000 less than the asking price. The other man sold a 1975 Excalibur for $30,000. That’s about 10 percent higher than the market price for that type of car. Gateway has sold cars to clients in 25 different countries. Cars sold at the Milwaukee location have gone to buyers in Italy and Argentina.
After a car is checked in and listed for sale, it is listed on Gateway’;s Website, which gets over 3 million hits each month. It may wind up being listed on up to 200 other Websites. Sellers must maintain insurance on the car while it is at a Gateway location. Gateway facilities can also be rented for parties, social events, business meetings and other such purposes.
In addition to St. Louis and Milwaukee, Gateway Classics has other locations in Tampa, Fla.; Detroit, Mich.; Louisville, Ken.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago, Ill.; Orlando, Fla.; Houston, Texas; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn,; and Dallas, Texas.
Here is a list of car events in the Upper Midwest during the first three months of 2017. The listings are somewhat abbreviated to get them on one line but the Websites or phone numbers are listed and it is always a good idea to contact the shows directly to confirm dates and weather conditions.
There are 15 events listed and I have personally been to seven of them. I have not been to the Detroit or Minneapolis events, the model show, the Cars & Coffee or the advertising show. If you need to know more about the events I’ve been to call me at 1-715-281-5924.
Also contact me with any mistakes or additions.
8-12 Detroit Auto Show www.NAIAS.com
15 Toy Model Show Milwaukee www.uniqueventsshows.com
28 Cars & Coffee @ Gateway Classics Kenoda 944-392-3730
10-12 Chicago Motorcycle Show www.motorcycleshows.com
11-22 Chicago Auto Show www.chicagoautoshow.com
19-Buick-Olds-Pont-Cad St Chas IL www.BOPCswap.com
24-26 Detroit Autorama www.autorama.com
24-26 Milwaukee World of Wheels www.autorama.com
25-26 Race Perf Expo, St Chas., IL www.rpexpo.com
3-5 Chicago World of Wheels www.autorama.com
12 Brew City Advertising Show www.uniqueeventsshows.com
17-19 Minneapolis World of Wheels www.autorama.com
19 All British Swap Wheaton, IL www.chicagolandmgclub.com
26 Super Sunday Swap Indiana www.supersundayindy.com
We got our first snow in Iola today. I was not ready for it. I wanted to run to Oshkosh with my trailer and buy a gantry crane so we can lift the body of a 1948 Chrysler Saratoga coupe we are restoring onto the chassis. I also want to trailer my ’49 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe to West Bend, so a man from the Studebaker club can work on the mechanicals this winter. But I do mot want to use my trailers on roads that are icy or salted.
After Willys-Overland designed the original World War II Jeep, the company did not have enough factories to build all the units the government needed. As a result, many Jeeps were manufactured in Ford and Checker plants.
Ken Spencer, of Waukesha, Wis., could have a similar problem with the miniature Jeep he’s selling. The Shop Digital asked him how many he can supply. He said his Chinese importer had 60 ready to go and that he could deliver one in a week to a week and a half. But based on the appeal of the so-called “Meep” and its initial satisfaction rating, Ken may need more than that.
Spencer says the Meep sells for $2,750 delivered to your nearest Fastenal store. “What most people don’t realize is that Fastenal runs a delivery service everywhere except California.
The “Meep” comes from Spencer’s family’s “me too” attitude about using the tiny Jeep. “It was ‘I want to use it-me, too,’ said Spencer. Even his 10- and 12-year-old children can drive the vehicle in first gear. There is no clutch. A handle moves straight through all three gears as in an ATV. There is also a reverse mode.
During a car show Spencer uses the tiny Jeep to run errands. “We have put more than 200 miles on our unit since Father’s Day. My wife won’t even let me sell it, she likes it so much.”
The mini Jeep has a full box frame, coil over shocks, rack-and-pinion steering and chain drive to the rear wheels. It comes with a full package of lighting and safety equipment. Disc brakes handle stopping chores. Power comes from a125cc Honda clone engine and can move three large 250-lb.-plus adults at up to 35 mph.
Spencer will be selling MEEPS through his MV Parts Store website (www.MVPartsStore.com. Everything on the vehicle comes with a warranty except the carburetor. That’s because ethanol gas is a no-no, but the manufacturer can’t guarantee everyone will use correct fuel.
It has been a busy summer and I have been off the pace in keeping up with my blog. I am going to try to pick things up. On this coming Saturday, Aug. 20, the annual Cheaterama show will take place at the Terminal in Milwaukee. That’s a funky eatery and bar across the street from the entrance to Mitchell Airport.
Cheaterama is put on by the Cheaters Car Club. The focus is on “traditional” hot rods and customs. The one-day show absolutely draws THE BEST cars in these categories that you’ll find anywhere in Wisconsin.