Leonard Johnson has been collecting classic Cadillac's for 30 years. He had about 25 of his cars in a storage shed near Erie, Colorado, when it went up in flames. "She was just a big, sexy car from the '50s," Johnson said of his first Cadillac ever. "You know the interior was beautiful, her fins were dramatic." That car had a nickname of "Luseal." It was the Johnson family favorite.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has released its national schedule for the 2015 season, with 18 race events, five more events than in 2014. The schedule is particularly expanded in the West, with the addition of the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Sonoma Raceway, the Portland Vintage Racing Festival at Portland International Raceway and the Coronado Speed Festival on Coronado Island near San Diego. Two new significant SVRA events are also debuting on the 2015 schedule in the Southeast, the Southern Classic at Road Atlanta and Mardi Gras in October at NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans.
The owner of a Cincinnati coffee shop is making classic cars part of his business plan. Jason Gipson bought Fuel Coffee on 2726 Riverside Drive in the East End of the city in 2012 from its original owner, who thought the location was underperforming. Gipson, the owner of a 1975 BMW, discovered the coffee shop through part of a national movement called Cars and Coffee, where owners of classic cars would meet once a month in a parking lot near local coffee shops and show off their autos.