Mar 30th, 2017No Comments

Here is a nice list of the features of the NEW Motorama show that’s taking place in Green Bay this weekend. It’s an event that shouldn’t be missed. Kicks off the old car year.

The show is at Shopko Hall and the Brown County Expo Center across from Lambeau Fireld. It opens at 3 pm on Friday and goes until 9 pm. Saturday is all day until 9 pm and Sunday goes from morning to late afternoon.

There is a good trade show including high-performance parts vendors. hot rod accessory suppliers and a bunch of companies that sell stuff for Jeeps and 4 x 4’s.

Check the NEW Motorama Website for complete details and exact show times. This is one indoor event that’s definitely worth the price of admission.


  • Back by popular demand! Check out the Brushworkz 2017 Panel Jam. The panel jam will consist of the Nations top pinstripers, pinstriping panels etc, for breast cancer research. Daily auctions will be held, times to be announced. Interested in showing off your skills, please register here. Last year we raised over $10,000 for Breast Cancer.
  • Local Editor Joe Verdigan will hold a book signing! With much success with his first book, Life in the Past Lane, Joe will feature his 2nd book at the show covering the history of WIR.
  • Metal Mania! Last year we featured Ron Covell and people traveled from a 5 State area to see him! This year we will feature metal shaping seminars again, with another legendary name in hot rodding and racing, we are proud to announce Jeff Fournier will be joining us. His Father Ron was part of the Ford GT Lemans program,  he also built a complete Indy car from scratch for A.J. Foyt. local talent Matt Schmelzer of River City Iron Works LLC and Dave Byron of Spence Industries Inc. will also be on hand discussing metal shaping and doing demonstrations.
  • Hammer Time for kids! Kids build an aluminum Tank Belly Racer (model) This event not only went over extremely well last year, it made magazine and was recognized as one of the best events in the Country for kids participation at a car show.
  • All the way from Carburetor County…Mater from the movie cars!
  • Automotive related vendors welcome! Click here for more details.
  • Overall Grand Champion, guaranteed $1,000! Second $500, Third best $250! Best Motorcycle $500! Best paint $500! Trophies for top 3 in every class
  • Special appearance by Ryan Evans of Counting Cars-Watch website for schedule
  • Special appearnance by Rob Churchill. Rob is one of the Nations greatest Air Brush artists. If you’ve been to major bike runs  such as Daytona, Sturgis, and the like, you’ve seen Rob’s Skull work. He also teaches air brush classes. Rob will be joining us and Ryan Evans for some awesome airbrush and pinstripe demo’s.  Don’t forget this stuff can be bought at daily auctions with all proceeds going to various Breast Cancer Organizations. 


Mar 16th, 2017No Comments

If you missed the World of Wheels events in Milwaukee and Chicago — or if you went to both of them and want to see more — the Minneapolis World of Wheels is on this weekend.

World of Wheels Minneapolis 2017 ispart of an international series of car shows that is being held all over the nation of United States and Canada. The Minneapolis, MN part of this mega event is very exciting as the audience will get to see many international super cars for the first time in Minneapolis, MN.

This particular event is ready to become the super bowl of car shows around the nation. Professionals from the super car business are going to be present to support and display their amazing creations to the public. In addition, many car experts and other celebrities  will also be at World of Wheels Minneapolis.

This 3-day custom car show is being organized by Championship Auto Shows Inc. TYou can find details, times and prices on their website.

The event will be held from 17 March 2017, Friday to 19 March 2017, Sunday. World of Wheels Minneapolis 2017 will also showcase a wide range of products and services related to automotive & auto parts sectors from the leading exhibitors.


Mar 9th, 2017No Comments

Around this time of year Gunner’s Great Garage seems to get a lot of calls from people who want to sell cars or from people wanting to have appraisals done. It seems like more and more insurance companies want an appraisal before they’ll cover an old car.

One car we appraised is a 1970 GTO “The Judge” that has been in the same family since it was new. The car was well maintained over the years, although it has had some touch up on the doors and lower right rear quarter. It is reported to be the second “The Judge” that was sold in Wisconsin and originally came with a black spoiler that was later repainted the same Bermuda Blue as the car has. This car was more or less stored since 1976 whenm it had 48,000 miles on it. The car now shows 55,000 miles. It was appraised for $73,000.

The second car is another Pontiac, but a way different type. It’s a 1930 sedan. I haven’t seen the car. I was told it’s solid and in good running condition, but the paint is a bit thin. The owner is looking for something around $8,000.

A third contact is from a mam in Appleton who wants to buy an early 1960s Ford Galaxie. He would most like to have a 1963-1/2 model.

We also appraised a 1968 Mustang notchback that is an original owner-original paint car with the J-code engine, automatic and never any rust. This car is not for sale, but it sure was interesting to appraise two single-family mostly-original-paint cars in one week.

Anyone interested in any of these cars can contact me at and I’ll hook you up with the owners.






Feb 18th, 2017No Comments





19 (Sun)  Buick-Olds-Pontiac-Cad Swap, St. Chas, IL        

24-26 (W/E)                Milwaukee World of Wheels, State Fair Park, WI      

24-26 (W/E)                Detroit Autorama                                                      

35-26       (W/E)                Race & Performance Expo, St. Charles, IL      




03-05 (W/E)                Chicago World of Wheels                           

17-19       (W/E)                Minneapolis World of Wheels                        

19            (Sun)                Fond du Lac Swap Meet                                       920-922-4881

26-26 (W/E)                Super Sunday Indy, Indiana State Fairgrounds      

29-04/02 (WE)                 NEW Motorama, Shopko Hall/Brown Cty Arena      




01-02 (W/E)                NEW Motorama, Shopko Hall/Brown Cty Arena      

08 (Sat)                   Wisconsin SAH Meeting, Hartford, WI                   

28-30 (W/E)                Jefferson Swap Meet, Jefferson, WI                




05-07 (W/E)                Vintage Torque fest, Dubuque, Iowa              

06 (Sat)                   Freedom High School Auto Show, Freedom, WI                1-920-788-7940

07 (Sun)                  N.E. Technical College Car Show, Green Bay      

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                            




02-03 (Fri-Sat)                Vintage Pipes & Stripes, Weyauwega, WI      

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                               


Feb 17th, 2017No Comments

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.


America’s Biggest Collector Car Sales Group

Feb 5th, 2017No Comments


Gateway Classics ( 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.


Feb 4th, 2017No Comments


As I am starting my prep work for the show is thought I should share with the group! On Saturday may 6th the Freedom High School Auto Club (Freedom, Wisconsin) will be hosting it’s 9th annual car show. We are open to all makes and models and we have trophies for 1,2,3 in 12 classes. The show registration opens at 8am and the show runs 9-2.
 It is open to the public we do take donations as this is a fundraiser for our auto club and automotive program.
We will have goodie bags for registered cars, food, raffle, prizes and a shop tour. Please consider supporting our show and auto program do it for the kids! Feel free to contact me with any questions
Please add us to your car show list thank you!
Jay Abitz


Jan 1st, 2017No Comments

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

15 Toy Model Show Milwaukee

28 Cars & Coffee @ Gateway Classics Kenoda 944-392-3730


10-12 Chicago Motorcycle Show

11-22 Chicago Auto Show

19-Buick-Olds-Pont-Cad St Chas IL

24-26 Detroit Autorama

24-26 Milwaukee World of Wheels

25-26 Race Perf Expo, St Chas., IL


3-5 Chicago World of Wheels

12 Brew City Advertising Show

17-19 Minneapolis World of Wheels

19 All British Swap Wheaton, IL

26 Super Sunday Swap Indiana



First Snow

Dec 4th, 2016No Comments

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.a-00m0m_aiddeu9onng_600x450

Mini Me Jeep

Aug 15th, 2016No Comments

TSD97 Meep 01

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 ( 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.

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