John Gunnell

About John Gunnell

John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

1911 National Racing Team

1911 National Racing Team

The National Motor Vehicle Company manufactured and raced Indy 500 winners in the early 1900s; now, two of its cars have won the Vintage Indy Car Event.
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A Trip to American Pickers

A Trip to American Pickers

A trip to Antique Archeology in Le Claire, Iowa proved that the American Pickers’ love of funky old motorcycle collectibles isn’t limited to your TV screen.
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Leader Card Racers

The Leader Card race team competed all around the country and the car still dons the large “W” for Robert Wilke.
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New Motorama

The second annual New Motorama show featured lots of different aspects of racing.
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