August 18, 2014
Jaguar XK series, a FIN MAN FAVE! Plus East meets West, all about Roy and two boys attend Ranken Technical College’s Summer Adventure Camps…
August 14, 2014
The XK-140 was dressed in Old English White over Heritage Tan. Manny was dressed in Hollister White over Levi Khaki.
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when Emanuel and I dropped in to browse the European Car Show, an annual event located on the parking lot of swanky Plaza Frontenac… an appropriate venue for the stylish, fashionable and for-the-most-part, vintage automobiles on display.
August 11, 2014
Thunderbird Sports Roadster… a FIN MAN FAVE!
My dream car from the last half century! The 1962-63 Thunderbird Sports Roadsters _________________________________________
It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday as the Jersey County Street Machine Association hosted their 4th Annual D.A.R.E. show in Jerseyville, Illinois.
August 4, 2014
Mercurys of 1958 embraced longer, lower, wider philosophy…
NOTE: I know I said early this morning that I would have this story posted by mid afternoon, but things got rapidly out of hand. A broken down riding mower that I had to take up to Dorsey, IL for repair, a Mustang that I had to purchase a siphon pump so that I can take down the tank and replace the fuel filter, three boys who I have to fill out papers they brought home from their first day back at school and a trip to Target for two more back packs and some last minute school supplies. Then there are the four DVDs that have to make their way back to the local Family Video before 11 p.m. tonight, the pair of kids skinny jeans that Manny ripped the pocket out of (trying to get his cell phone out), that I had to drop by Ketta’s (our TKCS seamstress) for repair. And, oh did I mention the trip to IL-MO Pump to pick up a hand full of filter cartridges for our whole house filter which has been filling up with black sand and need to be changed every two weeks!
And last but not least the six page application for a federal government travel card that is months past due and needs to be filled out and turned in tomorrow prior to starting my “real job”!
Well, I will try to get the T-Bird story posted by tomorrow morning, about 3 a.m. when I usually get to bed! If someone out there can help me get this thing syndicated, I can retire from the ‘real job’ and work exclusively on the Old Car Column!
I know I forgot something.
July 28, 2014
Plymouth’s GTX was built for the “gentleman” with a need for speed!
Remember… the year was 1958. I don’t claim to know much about economics, but I do know that a major recession was right around the corner when the first glitzy new models for 1958 were about to roll off the assembly line.
July 21, 2014
This is a Baha Blast, but it has nothing to do with Mountain Dew! R.I.P. Carl Schlanger- long time reader of the Old Car Column and National Syndication Manager for The FIN MAN Chronicles…
This was my choice for show favorite. Great car, great color! ____
On Sunday, June 22nd, The FIN MAN, along with TKCS-StL volunteers Emanuel and Luis, attended a cruise presented by the Gear Jammers Car Club of Belleville, Illinois and hosted by Crehan’s Irish Pub. It has been tradition that each of us pick our favorite car of the show which is always a daunting task. Two weeks ago I reported on Manny’s favorite, the 1966 Mustang, and just last week, Lou’s, the blue flamed Spatz dune buggy. Today it’s my turn.
July 20, 2014
Peugeot was the car of choice for Lt. Columbo…
TKCS-Stl volunteer and foster grandson Emanuel had accompanied me on a number of occasions when Carl and I met for breakfast or lunch to discuss our syndication project. He was out of town visiting friends in Ohio when I received the news of Carl’s death. I notified him by text message and his reply was “Wow, I didn’t get to say goodbye. Well, he was a very nice guy.” He certainly was.
July 7, 2014
Trying to pick your favorite car is a tough task…
Columbo (left) with his pet dog, “dog” and the Peugeot 403
If you were expecting to find, on this page, the typical subject automobiles that I seem to be known for… mid to late twentieth century American iron, you will be sorely disappointed. But you, as well as I, will get over it.
June 30, 2014
1966 Mustang coupe was Manny’s favorite at Belleville show…
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L to R, The FIN MAN, grandson and TKCS volunteer Lou Hernandez, Roy (a.k.a. Jumbo Frank, Limo and No Brainer) and Chris Kalbfleisch, proud creator of the 1968 Camaro, our show fave!
June 23, 2014
Holy Grail of muscle cars sells for 3.5 mil… without chrome rims!
15-year old Emanuel hopes to be driving within the year… but it won’t be this Mustang.
After threatening skies earlier in the day, the clouds cleared up a bit by mid afternoon on Sunday, June 22nd, so Lou, Manny and I dropped the top on our Mustang GT and made our way to the Gear Jammers Car Club Cruise held at Crehan’s Irish Pub in Belleville.
Would you pay 3.5 mil for this 1971 Plymouth? Somebody did and it took two bidders racing toward this figure to make the hammer drop, closing the record sale.