Car collectors go crazy over vintage models

Cruise-ins at Home Depot through last Friday in September

by Tina Johansson

Vintage cars. Everybody seems to love them.

Just take a look at the people who visit car shows each year: Young and old, all income levels and backgrounds.

Whether they’re souped-up, gleaming with chrome and fancy paint jobs, or as close to original as possible, vintage and antique autos are all the rage.

North Shore Rods, Inc. Scoop the Loop car show at Beach Park Fest. - Tina Johansson photo
North Shore Rods, Inc. Scoop the Loop car show at Beach Park Fest features some colorful rides. – Tina Johansson photo

“Cars are the one thing that brings people together,” said Lou Moore, a retired Waukegan police officer and former postman. He added no matter what, “This is the one thing all men and women have in common: We all like cars.”

In fact all summer long and into the fall, car shows and cruise ins are so popular, you’d be hard-pressed not to come across one. “You can literally find a cruise night seven days a week,” said Moore of Waukegan.

A former Marine, Moore is president of North Shore Rods, Inc. an organization he founded nearly 20-years ago, which has been sponsoring car shows and cruise ins all around Lake County.

The three who run the shows are Moore, Reggie Riley, vice president of the club; and Dan Rixie, treasurer and secretary. Their wives, Laura, Jill and Patty, are also involved.

Patty Rixie of Beach Park with her '67 metallic midnight blue Camaro. The car was rebuilt by her husband Dan, treasurer of the North Shore Rods, Inc. car club. - Tina Johansson photo
Patty Rixie of Beach Park with her fabulous ’67 metallic midnight blue Camaro. The car was rebuilt by her husband Dan, treasurer of the North Shore Rods, Inc. car club. – Tina Johansson photo

The official registered name of the events is Scoop the Loop. “We own the trademark and copyright (for Scoop the Loop),” said Moore.

“Our events have grown,” said the club president. “We get people from everywhere that want us to do cruise nights all the time.”

The shows certainly seem to bring a sense of happiness for visitors who ooh and ahh over autos and trucks, many reminiscing back to days of their youth. The ‘50s and ‘60s music ringing out at the events gets people all the more enthused.

This adorable 1960s model with matching trailer was at the Gurnee Days Scoop the Loop car show sponsored by North Shore Rod's Inc. - Tina Johansson photo
This adorable 1960s Ford Ranchero with matching trailer was at the Gurnee Days Scoop the Loop car show sponsored by North Shore Rods Inc. – Tina Johansson photo

Those were the days

Dan and his business partners said they grew up cruising downtown Waukegan back in the day, on many weekend summer evenings.

“I’d take my dad’s car out. A lot of people did that, and I don’t think their dad’s knew about it,” he quipped. Flirting with girls was a big part of it, he added.

Old time luxury! This 1950 Cadillac is owned by a lucky Winthrop Harbor fellow. He showed it recently at Gurnee Days' Scoop the Loop car show. - Tina Johansson photo
Old time luxury! This 1950 Cadillac is owned by a lucky Winthrop Harbor fellow. He showed it recently at Gurnee Days Scoop the Loop car show. – Tina Johansson photo

 

“That’s how I met my wife,” Riley said of Jill. “Man, gas was about 25-cents a gallon back then.”

“A pack of cigarettes were probably 23-cents back in the 60s,” added Rixie.

The shows must go on

Besides their special shows at area festivals—recently it was Gurnee Days and Beach Park Fest—North Shore Rods, Inc. sponsors a weekly event in the parking lot of Home Depot in Gurnee through the end of September. They meet Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Moore hands out discount coupons to visitors for nearby Uno Pizza.

Jan Ward peaking inside her 1940 Chevy. The seats were changed from mohair to new leather with a Chevrolet logo. -Tina Johansson photo
Jan Ward peeking inside her 1940 Chevy. The seats were changed from mohair to new leather with a Chevrolet logo. –Tina Johansson photo

“This show is really busy. We usually have 200 cars in the (Home Depot) lot,” said Moore.

Riley added, “You can bring your kids and grandkids to our shows.” Moore added that alcohol is not permitted.

People like Tim Johnson of McHenry are die-hard fans of cruise nights. He admits he’s probably visited hundreds throughout the years, including one he stopped by recently while on vacation in Glendale, AZ.

Tim Johnson's '66 Chevrolet Chevy II at a cruise nite in Ingleside. - Tim Johnson photo
Tim Johnson’s ’66 Chevrolet Chevy II at a cruise night in Ingleside. This is one powerful bad boy! – Tim Johnson photo

Johnson, who graduated from Grayslake High School, has had his beloved baby blue 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II for more than two decades. He even had a lift installed in his home garage so he could better tinker with it.

“I am always changing something on the car, so to me it is never really finished,” he said.

In fact for most collectors, their cars are a never-ending project, happily dealt with as time allows.

“We’re never done with them,” said Riley who owns a rare red ’33 Chevy three-window coupe. “They are always a work in progress.”

Rixie who has a ’57 Chevy, recently restored a ’67 metallic midnight-blue Chevy Camaro for his wife Patty, the third of its kind he’s re-built in the last several years.

Moore bought his street rod from Riley. The shiny black 1946 Ford Coupe was updated with a Mustang II front end suspension, and has a Chevy 305 under the hood.

Lou Moore, president of the North Shore Rods, Inc.'s car - a '46 Ford coupe he brought from eggie Riley, V.P. of the club. - Lou Moore photo
A real beauty! Lou Moore, president of the North Shore Rods, Inc.’s car – a ’46 Ford coupe he brought from eggie Riley, V.P. of the club. – Lou Moore photo

The club president said he won’t soon forget his first car—a ’66 Chevy Impala he bought while stationed in the military in Hawaii.

From left, Lou Moore, president of North Shore Rods, Inc., Kim Riley, Reggie Riley, V.P. of the club; Dan Rixie, treasurer and secretary, and his wife Patty Rixie. - Tina Johansson photo
The group behind the Scoop the Loop car shows and North Shore Rods, Inc. From left, Lou Moore, president, Kim Riley, Reggie Riley, V.P. of the club; Dan Rixie, treasurer and secretary, and Patty Rixie. – Tina Johansson photo

 

 

Jan Ward of Beach Park with her 1940 Chevy Master Deluxe at the Beach Park Fest Scoop the Loop car show. She won Mayor's Choice last year.
Jan Ward of Beach Park with her amazing 1940 Chevy Master Deluxe at the Beach Park Fest Scoop the Loop car show. She won Mayor’s Choice last year. – Tina Johansson photo

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Car collectors go crazy over vintage models

  • September 5, 2015 at 11:06 pm
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    Very nice photos of Lou ‘s ’46 Ford coupe ,Dan’s ’67 Camero,and Tim’s ’66 Chevy II. Reggie’s street rod is the red ’33,three window coupe, rare mercury series, ( only the front end is visible) that is parked next to the yellow pick-up truck owned by Paul Maurer, in the very first picture at the top of the article. Also, pertaining to the photo at the end of the article, my name is Jill, not Kim!! Nice article though about our group North Shore Rods Inc. and what we enjoy doing. Thanks, we appreciate it!

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    • October 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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      Thanks so much for your reply Jill!

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