1955 Gullwing 300SL

1973 Ferrari Daytona
1932 Roadster

Wayne Carini on golf cart

Stutz Boattail Speedster

MG Race car

Ferrari 250GTS

Bentley Woodie

Cadillac 16 barn find

Macie’s 458

I went with Roy and his two brother’s Ray and Dale  to see an unreal collection of antiques.  This collection is so unique that word’s will not do it any justice.  You truely have to see it in person.

Here’s a quick pictorial with some brief descriptions of the 600+ mile trip to Vintage Torquefest.

Thursday – we head out to Galena in the rain. Defrosters from 1963 don’t really work that well so Jen was on defrost duty with a microfiber when I became blinded. Good thing the wipers work, but the tiny squeak they made was annoying.

Friday we drove across the Mississippi on a very scenic route to the American Pickers store front.

Of course we couldn’t leave without leaving our mark.

It was beer time when we got back into IL, and Roy provided the entertainment with some sweet backwoods music.


Rain was predicted for the show, but it held off. After setting up camp and doing a quick tour of the cars at the show, we headed over to the track while the motorcycles warmed it up for the next crew.

It was our turn next so we geared up for the fast laps.

After a quick meeting, we hit the dirt.

After a few more steak burgers, we packed up and headed back over the bridge into IL. Some oven pizza and a quite night on the lake was a perfect ending to a great weekend.

Full Weekend Pictures

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To sum the weekend up in one word FUN.  This years Torquefest was as close to perfect as anyone could ever ask for.  I hope John Wells made a ton of money because his show is the best in the midwest, and the cause is certainly worthy of 100x more money than he probably earned.  I went out on Thursday night with Roy, Mike, and Jen.  We drove through a steady down pour 3/4 the way out to our first destination of Apple Caynon Lake.  Friday morning we took a cruise down to LeClaire Iowa to check out Antique Archeology.  Their shop was cool, but the drive down was definately the highlight of the day.  Saturday we headed out to Torquefest bright and early, and we were not disappointed in any way.  This show was awesome.  The new venue is perfect.  Hundreds of hot rods, motorcycle racing, and the highlight for me, a chance to take my car around the dirt track with the wife and kids.  This was truely a weekend that we will cherish and remember for a long time.  597 miles in one weekend in a 1949 Ford alongside family and friends is a truely wonderful experience.  I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t have an old car to get one because it is good clean fun, and a wonderful way to spend time with your family and friends.  As always, a huge thanks to Roy and Mike because without their help and support I would not be able to experience this wonderful thing called car shows.

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