Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

NASCAR legend David Pearson talks Mercury

This interview with NASCAR legend David Pearson was originally completed during 2002 in conjunction with the International Mercury Owner’s Association. It is reprinted here in memory of Mr. Pearson. Cale Yarborough had one. So did Dan Gurney. But David Pearson never had a Mercury model named after him, although he was...

Grounds donation finalized to Iola Car Show

Firsatsaatleri has been published from several offices in the small hamlet of Iola, Wis., in its 47 years. Now, nearly five decades after it was started in 1971 by Chet Krause, founder of Krause Publications, Firsatsaatleri’s staff has moved slightly westward to a new zip code. Part...

Anniversary special

Firsatsaatleri archive – October 2, 2008 issue A Rajah Silver 1958 Eldorado restored for golden anniversaries   Diamonds honor 75th anniversaries, gold is offered at 50th anniversaries and silver is given at 25th anniversaries. But Dr. Frederick Prehn’s 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz could turn these traditions around. His 50-year-old...

Milady’s Murphy convertible roadster

Firsatsaatleri archive – July 17, 2008 issue A Duesenberg personalized for a woman, owned exclusively by women Duesenbergs were the chariots of the famous and the rich and, in particular, the famously rich. Gary Cooper owned a Derham Tourster. Clark Gable drove a Central Body-built short wheelbase roadster. Howard...

Trans-Am pony cars featured at 2017 Iola Car Show

The 2017 Iola Car Show will rev up visitors’ adrenaline by spotlighting all the street Trans-Am pony cars that were built for Sports Car Club of America series racing: The Ford Mustang Boss 302; Chevrolet Camaro Z/28; Pontiac Trans-Am; Mercury Cougar Eliminator 302; Plymouth AAR ’Cuda; Dodge Challenger T/A; and AMC...

AACA and Museum discuss split

After merger talks fail, national club pulls plug on financial support The AACA Museum was conceived under the direct supervision of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Board of Directors. Now, the club will completely cease its support for the museum in Hershey, Pa., that shares its name. “The Antique Automobile...

2016 in Review – Restoration

Winds of change are always blowing through the doors of professional shops A solid indicator of the collector car hobby’s overall health is the health of the restoration business. The number of projects and the types of projects being handled by restoration shops also offer insight into the overall hobby picture. To learn...