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The 1916 Cadillac Victoria

The official Cadillac Victoria model name on this coupe does not seem appropriate, as a Victoria coupe usually has a back seat, a longer cab and an ample-size window behind

The Studebaker National Museum

The Studebaker National Museum By Scott “Scooter” Strenzel Studebaker did it right long before most of them were even around. A while back, Scooter was privy to check out this

The Baddest Muscle Car Ever? You Decide!

The Baddest Muscle Car Ever? You Decide! By Greg Zyla Q: Hi Greg, I enjoy reading your articles I see in Auto/Truck Round-Up and Auto Round-Up every month. My letter

This 1950 F-1 Ford Is This Way By Popular Demand

This 1950 F-1 Ford Is This Way By Popular Demand Scooter’s Truck Stop By Scott Strenzel, aka Scooter Scooter got the invite to cover the Onsted Kiwanis–The Michigan International Speedway

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Seven Decades Of Porsche Road Racing from Legend Holbert to Rookie Lewis


Q: Hello Greg. I am a 70 year old retired mechanic and I’ve been a lifelong Porsche fan and at one time owned a used Porsche 911. I’d like to know your thoughts on Porsche as a racing legend, as I’ve followed the Porsche road racers since Augie Pabst and Bob Holbert drove them in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

I know Porsche has been a big winner at Lemans and other major forms of racing, but I still like the racing today, especially in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup events, which I attended a few weeks ago at Sebring. Thank you very much for your time. Henry L., enjoying retirement in FL

A: Henry, I’ll get to GT3 Cup by Yokohama in a minute, but I haven’t heard the names Augie Pabst and Bob Holbert in quite a while from a reader. Pabst, he of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer fame, and Holbert, the famous Porsche dealer owner and factory team driver, are two legends indeed who helped push the Porsche brand forward in the formative years. Back then, Porsche won many big road races in underpowered cars thanks to its’ lightweight, superb handling and reliability. Like we used to say with my friends when we went to the races in 1960: “The Corvettes will pass them on the main straightaway, but the Porsches will catch them in the corners and pass them.”
Pabst won the 1964 Road America 500 with co-driver Bill Wuesthoff driving an RS-60, while Holbert (who I saw race many times in person in the early 1960s) was one of four drivers credited with bringing the Porsche brand to national prominence. The other three were Art Bunker, Charlie Wallace and Lake Underwood.

Today, the GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama you mention is one of the most popular all-Porsche racing series in the world, attracting lots of driving talent and team participation. These Porsche 911s are specially built for competition, and attract both factory and independent teams along with great series sponsors, like Yokohama Tire.

As for famous names in the series, good friends and business associates Cary Agajanian and Mike Curb (huge names in American motorsports and the Country Music industry, respectively,) are teaming with three time series champion owner Bob Faieta and his California-based “Competition Motorsports” to field an entry for IMSA/Porsche Scholarship award winner Michael Lewis, a 23-year-old Laguna Beach native.

Porsche Road Racing

Michael Lewis, 23, is piloting this Curb Records/Eibach Springs backed Porsche 911 in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. The Porsche is fielded by noted car owner Bob Faieta and his Competition Motorsports team. Lewis brings several years of winning European Formula racing to the table, and earned an IMSA/Porsche Scholarship for 2014 to help make the effort possible. (Steve Romine photo)

After several go-kart championships, Michael cut his teeth in big-time Formula motorsports. In addition to racing in Europe and Asia in Formula BMW, Michael’s resume includes earning eight top-10 finishes in 2013 in FIA European Formula 3, one victory and seven podium finishes in 2012 in Formula 3 Euroseries and three victories in 2011 in Formula 3 Italia. These are impressive credentials for a young driver on his way up the ladder, especially considering he knows the business side of racing, too.
On the business side of racing and as a personal disclaimer, I have known Michael since he was an infant. Specifically, his father, Steve Lewis, is a respected publisher and founder of Performance Racing Industry (PRI), including its huge racing trade show and popular monthly magazine, all now owned by SEMA. I have been associated with PRI since 1985, thus my “extra excitement” over what’s going on in GT3 Cup by Yokohama. Additionally, Steve Lewis became famous as a car owner thanks to his championship USAC Midget team “Nine Racing,” which fielded Bob East prepared midgets with noted engine builder Ed Pink and his general manager, Frank Honsowetz, providing horsepower. (Yes, the Ed Pink of drag racing fame and the same Honsowetz that built the winning IRL Infiniti Indy Car engines. Both are involved with the Porsche effort, too.)

In summary, Michael Lewis will drive the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb Records/Eibach 911 GT3 Cup Platinum Cup car this season and is off to a great start. His debut at Sebring, Fl., March 13-14 found him posting two top 10 finishes, eighth and sixth, after coming from deep in a 38 car field. (See www.MJL for more)

In ending, the next Porsche GT3 Cup race is at Watkins Glen, NY, June 27-28. God willing, I’ll be there.

Thanks for your letter Henry as it easily sparked my interest.

(Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist who welcomes reader questions at 116 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or email him at

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Small Things In Petroliana


For this month I would like to talk about the small things in petroliana.

Most of the gas and oil companies gave out many different kinds of freebies or promotional items to a lot of their customers, kind of like an incentive to ensure that they would return. Some of these things included keychains, Small Collectible Oil & Gas Memorabiliawatch fobs, and many other things. Because there are so many items for each company it is hard to say that you are done collecting. The Oilzum watch fob is a very rare item to find because Oilzum is such a sought after and collectible company. Things like this don’t come to market very often, and I am proud to own this one. The Mobil pegasus key charm is one of the more common smalls on the market and one of my favorite the company had. Small Collectible Oil & Gas Memorabilia

Some other items that are included in the “smalls” category are things that the station attendant would have used to do his job. An example of that is a dipstick with the oil company’s logo or the gas stations name. These were used to check the fuel before the gas gauge was invented. Another item includes the badges and name tags the attendant would have worn on his uniform, they would have looked like the Mobil ones in the picture.

Small Collectible Oil & Gas Memorabilia Small Collectible Oil & Gas Memorabilia
This is what fellow collector Hubba Floughton from Seattle WA has to say about smalls, “I have been collecting gas and oil memorabilia for about 25 years and have accumulated a bunch of smalls. At first, I would sell the littles at swaps and gas bashes but for the past year, I have been holding onto them and making these displays. It came about because I ran out of room for pumps and signs and I think these collages of smalls look neat. Its like mans version of scrapbooking. I basically use shadowboxes I find at thrift stores and mount the items in with a dab of silicone.” The photos of the shadow boxes are some of the displays he has done with the items that he has saved.

Small Collectible Oil & Gas Memorabilia
The small white box is one that I have put together of some smalls I have gotten. 

14th Annual Goodguys Spring Nationals Car Show in Del Mar, California


Goodguys Rod and Custom held their 14th Annual Goodguys Spring Nationals car show in beautiful Del Mar, CA on Apr. 4-6, 2014. Over 2,000 cars and trucks came out over the three days allowing owners and spectators to enjoy the sun, look at some awesome cars and start up the San Diego car scene for another season.

Being in SoCal you would expect plenty of woodies on display and Goodguys set aside an outdoor plaza to showcase some of these special rides. They also invited a select number of low riders for the indoor car show to highlight these special cars and their workmanship.

Plus they still had room for an Auto Cross road course, vendors and children activities. Plus they hosted an engine building contest for high school teams, with Rancho Alamitos High School finishing first in 28:21; a full two minutes faster than the second place team. Can’t wait to see who wins the finals at the SEMA Show.

Goodguys gave out over 75 awards and selected some vehicles to be a finalist for nationwide awards to be issued later in the season at other Goodguys shows.

They selected the “Street Rod d’Elegance Award,” which is limited to those cars displaying at the indoor show and with a model year through 1948. The award was given to Wes Rydell’s 1935 Chevy Phaeton_which had previously won the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award” at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. A classy owner with a classy ride.

After the awards were issued out on Sunday afternoon, everybody has plenty of opportunity to pack up and head home or enjoy the nearby tourist spots. Goodguys will be back again at Del Mar in April, 2015 so make plans to attend next year in person or check out the balance of their 2014 season at
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General Motors LaSalle History



Q: Hi Greg: I enjoy your very educational articles in the Spokesman Review in Spokane, WA. I’d like to know about the LaSalle automobile. My dad had a 1936 (I believe it was) 4-door sedan, purchased in 1943 and traded in for new 1950 Pontiac.
We never see or even hear of this car; can you give some background on the car, when and where it was manufactured and by whom? Also any statistics regarding engine size and horsepower would be appreciated. Thanks. Steve Marque, WA

A: Glad to Steve. LaSalle was a General Motors division that began in 1927 to fit between Buick and Cadillac. LaSalle enjoyed a 14-year run in this luxury position, and when discontinued in 1941, it took Buick up until 1960 to pick up the LaSalle name as a Buick model.


LaSalle General Motors Advertisement

The LaSalle was a very popular car for General Motors, beginning in 1927 and lasting until 1940. Harley Earl was the chief designer, and it was his very first design back in 1927. (Ad compliments General Motors).

Always highly regarded by GM, LaSalle is also noted as thrusting GM’s “Godfather of Automotive Design,” Harley Earl, into prominence. Specifically, the very first LaSalle in 1927 was designed by Harley Earl in his first ever effort.

Known as Cadillac’s less expensive choice, the LaSalle was built on a shorter wheelbase than big daddy Cadillac, and its popularity was instant. As for engines, LaSalle utilized the big V8 engines for most of its run, including Cadillac’s 353-inch V8 during the depression years. For many years and according to plan, LaSalle outsold Cadillac, which is the way the Buick-LaSalle-Cadillac pyramid theory was to work. However, when Cadillac sales outnumbered LaSalle in 1931, GM took another look at the brand in how to better the results.

By 1934, LaSalle was using Oldsmobile’s inline-eight engines and assembled on shorter wheelbases than Cadillac. However, things did not improve, and by 1937 LaSalle was back using the Cadillac 60 Series V8 engines and again stretching the wheelbase. The car was again a hit, and sales moved upward over 32,000 units.
In 1938, however, sales were again down.

In its final two years of 1939 and 1940, LaSalle was still a most respected car by consumers, but better sales by Packard and Lincoln spelled its doom. In 1941, LaSalle was dropped and Cadillac introduced its new “Sixty One” series, which officially replaced the LaSalle division, bringing LaSalle consumers to Cadillac showrooms. As for pricing, the entry level LaSalle in 1939 was $1,280 all the way up to the most expensive $1,800 convertible. The Sixty One Series Cadillac was priced at $1,445 in 1941, which explains why Cadillac sales improved.
The engines used the in the final two years were 322 inch V8s putting out 130 horsepower. Wheelbases were 120-inches in 1939 and then 123-inches the final year.

LaSalle General Motors Chassis Ad

The LaSalle was a very popular car for General Motors, beginning in 1927 and lasting until 1940. Harley Earl was the chief designer, and it was his very first design back in 1927. (Ad compliments General Motors).

Hope this all helps, and thanks for your question.


(Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist who welcomes reader questions at 116 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or email him at

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