Places to stop on the way to the Iola Car Show – Le Mieux Toyota Car Collection – Green Bay

Bob Le Mieux, Sr., of Green Bay, Wis. was successful at selling BSA, NSU and Honda motorcycles, as well as Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Toyota cars. However, his first car was a Model A pickup truck and his passion for 1920s and 1930s vintage Fords is reflected in the beautifully-restored “blue oval” cars on display in his large, modern Le Mieux & Son Toyota dealership showroom. New-car shoppers who stop to […]

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Places to stop on the way to the Iola Car Show – Wisconsin Automobile Museum

    History comes alive at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum at 147 B. Rural St., Hartford, Wis. Showcasing transportation history, this museum is Wisconsin’s largest auto museum. It features an ever-changing display of classic and vintage automobiles and artifacts, plus the largest assembled group of Hartford-built Kissel luxury automobiles. The museum’s striking art deco interior sets off 110-plus vehicles on exhibit, including  Pontiacs, Studebakers, Chevrolets, Kaisers, Fords and other cars […]

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The year 2016 is over, and before we fall head over heels in love with what 2017 has to offer us in the automobile industry, we will be looking back on 2016 and checking out the best engines of the year. 2016 came around with an onslaught of technological improvements and advancements. We saw engines get upgraded with propulsion systems, and valve compatibility that completely blew our minds. So we will be looking back on 2016, and the slew of engines that made us feel butterflies in our stomach.

Start Your Engines!

This post is all about the engines. The engines are seldom ever overlooked by buyers. What does it offer? How does it compare to other brands? How much fuel can it take? Is it economical? Engines are the heart of any car, without which it won’t run. And if you get a car with an engine that does not quite agree with your pocket, then you are going to have a very hard time enjoying your automobile investment. 2016 is long gone and dusted, so we get to look back on all the wonderful engines that made our 2016 world go round. So without further ado or fanfare, we bring to you the top 5 automobile engines of 2016, in no particular order:


Ever since the inception of a list of this kind, BMW has never failed to secure a spot. Constantly innovating and creating automobile masterpieces, it is no surprise to anyone that they have achieved to secure yet another spot this year. The 340i can be found in BMW’s range of cars from the 3 series, being a showcase of utter refinement. The powerful engine can belt out 320 horsepower due to its double engines and a compression ratio that is higher. The 340i sits very comfortably on the spot BMW’s constant ingenuity has carved out for it year after year.


This engine got tried in two very different brands. It was housed in cars that exhibit refinement and brashness, separately. Probably its top notch performance in both cars earned it a spot in this year’s list of best engines. The V6 with the 3.6 litre shows dual power by providing 335 hp and 285 pounds width. It is rare for cars on the polar opposites of the spectrum to perform exceedingly well while powered by the very same engine. For this, the 3.6 liter V6 very much deserves its spot on the list.


The newly introduced power engine by Chevy makes every car owner dizzy with euphoria just thinking about the amount of power this engine provides for its users. The Volt from Chevrolet utilizes a high tech power engine that has been modified and upgraded by automobile experts. The 1.5 liter engine provides over 45 miles of thrilling fast paced driving before utilizing fuel, which tags it as energy efficient and highly economical. The engine looks even more juicy because it’s housed in a car that comes off at an affordable market price of $40,000.

  • THE SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG’s 5.2 LITER V8 by Ford

Ford’s high tech 5.2 liter V8 engine boasts of many innovations that are very new age and inventive. This engine has been dubbed as the “Juju V8” because it is very magical. The 5.2 liter V8 offers 526 hp and a course optimized setup due to its different flat crank creation. The V8 is surprisingly able to achieve up to 110hp without the use of forced induction (a first of its kind). Its 8000 rpm redline combined with all its outstanding features make the heart of any automobile enthusiast melt.


Energy enthusiasts prepare yourself for the features this engine is about to throw at you. The 2.0 liter engine possesses the ability for the user to switch between electric and gasoline ever so smoothly. The engine switches in a refined and top notch manner; you almost won’t notice the difference. The engine has the ability to go for 27 miles on electricity before making use of the gasoline. The engine is capable of going between 41 to 75 miles per gallon once it is on the gasoline.

There it is guys, the top 5 engines of 2016. Hope you enjoyed.

AND Don’t Forget Even The Best Engines Can Break Down

The fancier and complex the engines get the more things can go wrong so always be prepared whether you are driving a car or truck and you find yourself stranded in a strange place you don’t know or worse victim of an accident and injured. Please contact a professional towing company for 24 hour emergency help like our

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Burnt Out On Victory Burnouts- Thanks Ryan Blaney


Do you know one of the preeminent reasons why Ryan Blaney’s victory was so well-received? The young man exudes respect, right down to his victory celebration. Absent in his celebration was the ubiquitous victory burnout. If you’re as burnt out on the victory burnout as this fan is, it is a refreshing sight to see.

Even more refreshing is the reason why. Blaney skipped the victory burnout because of all the work and preparation that went into preparing his race-winning to car to destroy it. Think about what a burnout does to a car. As a musician, I’d liken it to taking an expensive, well-crafted guitar and smashing it. With all due respect to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend, I think it’s stupid.

Can you think of a racer who is better matched to his team than Ryan Blaney with the Wood Brothers? They are one of the original greats. Just the sight of the 21 car takes you back to a simpler time in racing. Racing wasn’t the big money proposition that it is now. You did your best to take of the equipment because you had to. It’s one thing to get in an accident, it’s quite another to deliberately ruin your ride, especially if you won with it.

It’s a small gesture but it communicates something big. The 23-year old is showing a maturity beyond his years. It also sets Blaney apart from the pack. The victory burnout has become so commonplace, a lot of us are burnt out on it. It’s not to say that that such an expression of joy is untoward, but how about saving it for a special win.

Of course, Ryan Blaney’s first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win is a big deal. The fact he chooses to be different by not doing something is almost as big a deal. Never change Ryan Blaney. You may be that fan favorite NASCAR Nation has been looking for.


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Places to stop on the way to Iola – Ardy & Ed’s Drive-In – Oshkosh, Wis.

    Andy and Ed’s Drive-In, as the business is known today, began in 1948, shortly after World War II had ended. It was originally known as the Southside A & W Drive In. Back then, it served little more than A & W root beer, hot dogs and chips. At that time, it was one of only two or three drive-in restaurants in Oshkosh. One of the early owners […]

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Is Brooklin’s new 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood its most detailed to date?

Brooklin 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood Special goes above and beyond Anyone who has been on this blog before knows I’m a big mid-1950s Cadillac fan. I have several from a driver to a project to parts cars. Like many other collectors, I also enjoy collecting toys and models replicating Cadillacs. In fact, I love Cadillacs and toys and models so much that I’ve written books on the topics. So when I say Brooklin’s new 1:43-scale […]

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Ryan Blaney Scores Well-Received Victory


For the hard core, old school race fan, Sunday’s victory by Ryan Blaney was a welcome sight. It returned a pioneer NASCAR team to victory lane for the first time since 2011. The 23-year old son of a NASCAR journeyman is well-respected across the spectrum of NASCAR Nation. A product of the nation’s heartland, Ryan Blaney resonates well with the core of NASCAR’s fan base than most.

While Blaney is a racer’s son, being the progeny of World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney really didn’t factor into Ryan’s rise. Not to suggest there’s anything wrong with the elevation of drivers with darker-colored skin into the Monster Energy Cup Series, the coming of age by Ryan Blaney has a more organic feel to it. Racing for Wood Brothers only enhances the feel good nature of the story.

As we’ve mentioned many times on these pages, Wood Brothers dates back to NASCAR’s infancy. While innovative and formidable from the 50s to the 70s, it wasn’t so long ago the team appeared on the brink of extinction. A true survivor, Wood Bros. is back in the high life again.

Not only do the fans like him, his competitors do too. At least for now. More winning and the potential for battles up front could shift perceptions.

Could Ryan Blaney be the new face of NASCAR as more familiar faces hang up their helmets a la Gordon, Stewart and Dale Jr.? I can’t think of a better alternative. Everything for the Blaney seems to possess the perfect mix of youth, talent and personality.

One of the positive highlights for 2017 has been the emergence of Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney. There are more right around the corner. While enduring a few bumps in the road, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. could soon taste victory. It’s a beautiful thing.



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Bubba Wallace Is A Big Deal, But……


Bubba Wallace makes his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series debut this Sunday. It’s a big deal, I’ll grant you that. Yours truly submits it’s not for the reason many in the media think.

The Alabaman isn’t hopping into just any old ride. In his first Cup race, Bubba Wallace hops into the 43 car, once piloted by “The King,” Richard Petty. Though his presence is more as an ambassador, one of NASCAR’s most dominant drivers ever still has his fingerprints all over this team. It would be like getting drafted by the 49ers and being assigned Joe Montana’s jersey number, with a possibility the two of you would meet. How cool is that?

Wallace has earned his opportunity. He won five races in the truck series, and has performed pretty well in the Xfinity. As the big names of the recent past hang up their helmets, it’s good to see young talent arriving on the scene and testing their chops. Before we address the elephant in the parlor, make no mistake: Bubba Wallace has earned his opportunity. In addition to his CWTS series wins, Darrell Wallace Jr. has also won six races in 36 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, and also won his only race in the NASCAR Super Late Model Tour Series.

Unfortunately, not enough focus has been placed on his accomplishments, but on his skin color. Wallace is the son of a white father and an African-American mother. It is the first time the top series has had a black driver in a race since Bill Lester back in 2006.

So what? If he’s good, fans will embrace, even if Bubba Wallace is indigo with white polka dots. If he isn’t, fans will give him a bad time. That’s what really matters. Let’s not forget that he’s part white too. Big deal! Now, more than ever, people in all walks of life have mixed ethnicities in their lineage.

Look- in today’s NASCAR, we have a Mexican driver, Daniel Suarez. Kyle Larson has a Japanese-American mother whose parents spent time in an internment camp.Coming up through the ranks is Rico Abreu, a man of Puerto Rican descent. Great! Without having to make a big deal of it, it is being shown that NASCAR is not the exclusive property of good ol’ boys.

The beauty of sports is that it’s a meritocracy. That’s a fancy way of saying that if you’re good, you’ll get your chance. None of the aforementioned will be around very long if they aren’t. They know that. They don’t have a problem with it.

While not a liberal, this observer is no bigot either. Eager to see the new blood succeed, I root for the likes of Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson. To that end, the debut of Bubba Wallace is a good thing. Yes, there will be those who identify with him because of his ancestry. That’s fine. Let’s just not make that the whole story. Consider this a plea to do what the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, to measure a man by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. Or perhaps in this case, measure him by his talent, not by his blood. Besides, his blood is the same color as mine.

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