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John Gunnell

John Gunnell has been writing about classic cars since 1972. He is also the owner of Gunner’s Great Garage in Manawa, Wis. He owns 11 cars and seven motorcycles.

Bell-Toptex racing helmet from the 1970s
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The company became a staple in the early racing scene, but traced its roots to a California salvage yard and the Model T…
Ed Schartman’s Cyclone funny car (right) was also called the Air Lift Rattler.
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Postwar America was thriving in 1949 when Air Lift hit the scene to solve the weighty issue of heavy-loaded vehicles…
Don Hellwig showcases suspension on a trailer at an early rendition of the SEMA Show
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At least one company that exhibited at the first SEMA Show in 1967 is now celebrating its 70th anniversary...
In the image on the left, Ed Cholakian stands in front of his exhibitor booth at the inaugural SEMA show ready greet visitors an
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Cholakian is known for many things, including starting the first specialty auto parts warehouse distribution company, operating a car show in the 1960s, and of course his extensive Cadillac collection...
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Kenneth H. Buttolph, 78, of Iola, Wisconsin, passed away Friday, Dec. 23...
The flathead powered 1924 Model T roadster hot rod built in 1939 was a super sight inside Indianapolis‘ Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Ed “Isky” Iskenderian was the first president of SEMA and served that role in 1963 and 1964…
Vic Edelbrock, Sr., with one of his Ford V8-60 powered midget race cars. (Photo: Edelbrock LLC Archives)
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Meet the Edelbrock family—a clan who participated in the first SEMA Show in 1967 and whose members visited the 50th anniversary SEMA Show...
Joe Mondello, picture right, at a SEMA Show before he passed away in 2011
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In 1951, Joe Mondello started racing at airports and drag strips throughout Southern California. Before he was 17 years old, he had ported and relieved more than 50 Ford flathead V8s for the finest engine builders of that era...
1949 Chevy Fleetline
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The 1949 Chevy Fleetline from Michigan was a misfit masterpiece at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. That’s just one reason it stood out...
Shops from throughout the country, but particularly those from the Midwest, added to the success of the Nov. 19-20 Muscle Car an
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Shops had a hefty presence at the Nov. 19-20 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Rosemont, Illinois…

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