The Roundup: January 2017

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about Checker’s foray into making kitchen sinks, the unlikely discovery of a rare, 1967 Shelby G.T. 350, a new bill to protect and preserve Route 66 and more.

Checker Kitchen Sinks?

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[source: hemmings.com]

This month, Hemmings Daily ran with this great little story about what happened to Checker Motors after the company stopped making cars and taxicabs in 1982. Many think the Kalamazoo-based car company simply went under. But quite the opposite is true, according to Checker Car Club’s Jim Garrison who supplied the story and a bunch of great, old photos.  Garrison writes about how Checker—which stayed in business until 2010—turned their efforts to making everything from auto parts to kitchen sinks. Click here to read the full story.

The Buick Waterbug

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[source: macsmotorcitygarage.com]

Sometime around 1960, Detroit car enthusiast Richard Cronin grafted the top half of the body from an old Buick convertible onto a steel hull. He named his creation the Waterbug. Mac’s Motor City Garage remembers this oddball watercraft with a fun little story using pictures taken from the magazines Popular Science and Popular Mechanics, which featured Cronin’s creation in 1960 and 1961, respectively. Check out the rest of the story by clicking here.

Rare Find: Rescuing a 1967 Shelby G.T. 350

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[source:hotrod.com]

This month, Hot Rod Network shares a great little story behind a rare Shelby G.T. 350 that finally saw the light of day after being hidden away for the last 15 years inside a sea-land shipping container outside Chico, California.  Bought brand new in 1967 and surviving its original owner, the car—#117—was one of the first 200 that were virtually hand-built. Click here to read more.

Behind The Scenes: The Drive Home II Promo Winter Tour

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[source: classiccars.com]

If you happened to attend the North American International Auto Show earlier this month, you couldn’t help but notice a trio of fiery red classics—a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang—parked in front of the entrance to the main hall. The only thing cooler than the cars themselves is the perilous story behind the 2,100-mile journey that got them there. Click here to read the report from ClassicCars.com.

New Route 66 Preservation Bill Aims To Preserve America’s Most Iconic Road

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[source: hemmings.com]

America’s “Mother Road,” Route 66, turns 100 years old in 2026. Ahead of the milestone birthday, Congress will soon consider the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act (a.k.a. H.R. 66) introduced by this month by Representative Rodney Davis of Illinois. The bill aims to establish a commission tasked with celebrating the road’s 100th birthday and directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to prepare a Route 66 preservation plan. Read the full story in Hemmings Daily by clicking here.

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