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Minneapolis Auto Show

1948 Chevrolet Official Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

Spent some time with A Sponsor and two of his low level employees at the Auto Show that is taking place in downtown Minneapolis.

It should come as no surprise to anyone, that the classic car section was my favorite part of the show. Not counting the mini-donuts.

VW Double Cab Transporter

A wonderful Diamond T

Brit’s Pub, an Auto Show Tradition


1957 Chevrolet 150 “Black Widow”

'57 Black Widow

This ’57 Chevy 150, is one of six, factory backed racers built for the 1957 NASCAR Grand National Championship. Nicknamed the “Black Widows”, Chevy dominated NASCAR that year with their 283 powered 150’s.

'57 Chevy Black Widow

The Black Widows debuted at the Daytona Speed Week race of 17 February 1957, driven by Johnny Beauchamp, Buck Baker, Speedy Thompson, Rex White, Frankie Schneider and Jack Smith. Beauchamp would finish second, behind Cotton Owens and his Pontiac. Jack Smith would drive this car to victory 2 weeks later at Concord, NC. That race would see the Black Widows sweep, with Baker in second and Thompson in third. Smith would take the checkered flag again at Columbia, South Carolina; Hickory, North Carolina, and North Wilkesboro, which would be enough for Smith to drive this Chevy 150 to fifth place in the NASCAR season championship standings.

Black Widow interior

The Black Widows’ success would lead to the Series fuel-injection ban, that would remain in effect for another 55 years.

283 Black Widow engine

“Specially built in Detroit and shipped by rail to SEDCO for final preparation, each car was equipped with the new 283/283 HP small-block V8 with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, Fenton headers, a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty 3.90:1 rear end, high-performance Hydrovac power brakes, 20-gallon fuel tank and six-lug wheels.” — Mecum Auction Website

I love, absolutely LOVE, the fact that these racers were column shifters!

This, Jack Smith driven ’57 Chevy “Black Widow”, is up for auction in Kissimmee, Florida, between January 6 – 15, 2017. It is expected to bring in $150K-$250K.

What a sweet piece of automobile history.

All photos and car statistics come courtesy of Mecum Auctions.



Revs Institute: The Collier Collection

Naples, Florida

The Frozen Foursome swung by Naples to explore a private car collection at the Revs Institute. To say the collection is vast and impressive would be an understatement.
Upon entering the “museum”, we were told that the Porsche part of the collection alone, “rivaled Stuttgart”.

'53 Porsche
1953 Porsche 550 Coupe: Flat four, air cooled, pushrod engine. Won its Class in Carrera Panamericana IV

1961 Porsche RS-61L Spyder
1961 Porsche RS-61L Spyder: Flat eight, air cooled, twin overhead cam, 210 HP @8200 rpm.

1967 Porsche 911R
1967 Porsche 911R: Flat six air cooled, rear mounted, single OH cam, 210 HP @ 8000 rpm. The most successful 911R ever built with wins that include the 1969 Tour de France and the Tour of Corsica.

1935 Duesenberg SSJ
1935 Duesenberg SSJ: Straight eight, twin OH cams, 500 HP @ 5000 rpm. This car belonged to Gary Cooper.

1928 Stutz Black Hawk
1928 Stutz Black Hawk: Straight eight, single OH cam, 115 HP @ 3600 rpm. This car, driven by Dud C. Wilson, raced at Watkins Glen in 1948. Twenty years after it was built.

Stutz Black Hawk engine
298 cubic inch Black Hawk engine

1935 MG Type PA/PB
“Leonidis”;1935 MG Type PA/PB: 4 cylinder inline engine, single OH cam, Marshall Roots-type supercharger. A regular on the ARCA circuit with driver Miles Collier. Collier became the first driver in a decade to race at LeMans with “Leonidis” in 1939.


1950 Cadillac
1950 Cadillac Series 61: Eight cylinder, 331 cubic inches, 160 HP @ 3800 rpm. Dubbed “Petit Pataud” by the French, Miles and Sam Collier entered this ’50 Cadillac in the 1950 LeMans. This Cadillac Coupe finished 10th out of 60 racers, averaging 81.5mph for the 24 hours.

1963 Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: 377 cu in V8. What’s in that damn, dinosaur? It went by me like I was stopped!”—AJ Foyt at Sebring on the Corvette.
In 1963 at Nassau Speed Week, these Corvettes were finally able to run head to head against the famed Cobras, finally getting out from under the GM ban on racing. With drivers: Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Dick Thompson, John Cannon, and Augie Pabst, the Corvettes simply demolished their Cobra rivals.

1967 Gurney Eagle
1967 All American Racers; Gurney Eagle F-1 race car: 12 cylinder, 60 degree vee engine, 183 cubic inches. Dan Gurney won the Belgian Grand Prix with this car in 1967. Gurney was only the second American to drive an American car to a Grand Prix victory.

1930 Duesenberg Sprint Car
1930 Duesenberg Sprint Car:eight cylinder in-line engine, twin OH cams, Centrifugal supercharger with intercooler manifold, 168.7 cubic inches, 200 + HP.

This is just a small example of the types and quality of the cars on display. If ever in Naples, it is well worth the time to visit.

All car stats provided by the fine folks at the Revs Institute.