Sadly, we’ve lost some friends.

Jim Demars (June 21, 1936- January 24, 2014)

Jim DeMars

Jim DeMars

Jim purchased his 1939 Ford Cab Over truck in 2007 and got it running & painted a brazen Chrysler Viper Red in 2013. The motor is a 1989 Corvette LS1 V-8 and the transmission is a 4L60E with overdrive. Jim modified the bed to his specifications (more here). This is his obituary.

1939 Ford COE

1939 Ford COE

I’d met Jim’s daughter Dawn and her husband in 2012; they own a red turbocharged 1962 Corvair Spyder convertible. I just met Jim during the 2013 season at Westchester (June I think) and he seemed to be at every show – Westchester, Downers Grove, Bensenville … having a terrific time even though at times he felt ill.

Tom Dixon (November 4, 1941 – July 6, 2013)

RIP Tom DixonOn September 28, 2012, I met Tom Dixon at the last Roselle Cruise Night of the season. His car was a black and white 1956 Ford Crown Victoria. This car has a 312 motor with a three speed transmission with overdrive. Tom had owned it for about nine years. Here is Tom’s obituary.


Richard J. “Dick” Baum

1947 Buick

1947 Buick Roadmaster

I met Dick at Cozzi Corner in 2012 and told him about the show in Lombard and I did see him and his 47 Buick Roadmaster there. The motor is a straight eight. The hood opens to both sides. He passed away February 25, 2013 before the 2013 car show season began.Dick’s obituary can be found here.


1956 Mercury Montclair

1956 Mercury Montclair

I first saw this 1956 Mercury parked by the train station on August 24, 2012 and it turned on the ‘flame throwers’. It has a 302 engine with cross ram and two Edelbrock carburetors to dump more gas into the exhaust. I never met Russ but his son took the car to Wood Dale in 2013; and then I learned of Russ’ passing.

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