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Tyler and Ron Dale of Rick’s Restorations gave out posters and signed autographs at the grand opening of vintage works.

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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.

Ron Dale and his nephew Tyler Dale from Las Vegas-based Rick’s Restorations and Count’s Kustoms helped draw 500-plus people to the official grand opening of Vintage Works in Suamico, Wisconsin, located near Green Bay. Vintage Works hosted the reality show stars for a Packers pre-season football game on Sept. 3. Then Tyler and Ron Dale gave out posters and signed autographs at the grand opening event on Sept 4.

Paul Nelson of Vintage Works said he has a lot in common with the brothers from Rick’s Restorations. 

“We also do powder coating, sandblasting and metal fabrication for hobbyists around Green Bay,” Nelson said.

Jim Buchman and Bob Pinterelli, co-chairs of the Appleton Auto Show in Appleton, Wisconsin, attended the grand opening to see whether the TV stars would draw a crowd. 

“We’re looking for new ideas to pump up the Appleton Auto Show,” Buchman said. “It seems like having the right celebrities can pull more people in.”

Rick’s Restorations has been in business for 30 years restoring cars, gas pumps, vending machines and Coke machines. After being featured on History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” the company wound up with its own show. 

“We started (restoring) very wild and bizarre stuff after the TV thing started,” said Tyler Dale. “Things like rocket sleds and vacuum cleaners. We leave the car stuff, other than automobilia, mostly to Count’s Kustoms.”