<![CDATA[Kettle Moraine Preservation & Restoration - News from JD]]>Sun, 12 May 2024 09:44:47 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[FFording]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2024 07:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/ffording]]><![CDATA[Good news!]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/good-news]]><![CDATA[Meet Our Gilson]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/meet-our-gilson
On the Easter weekend of March 27-29, 1970, our family moved from Marengo, Illinois to Plymouth, Wisconsin. The company my Dad had worked for in Hampshire, Illinois, Playschool, had just been purchased by Milton Bradley and were relocating the plant to New Jersey.
We had moved to Marengo from Appleton, Wisconsin in 1964, and were now looking to move back to Wisconsin. Dad quickly found a job before our move, and thus on Monday, March 30, 1970, he began work at a company in Plymouth, Wisconsin known as Gilson Brothers, a manufacturer of lawn and garden equipment- roto tillers, snow blowers, cement mixers, cast iron grills, mini bikes, go karts and even snowmobiles. Much of Gilson’s product line was privately labeled for Montgomery Ward as well.
Dad’s responsibility was as Gilson’s inventory control manager, a position he dedicated himself to from March 1970 until early 1973. During that time, he even purchased one of their snowmobiles for our family to use.
Skipping ahead 50 years; since our family invests itself in motorsports history, Jacques was able to find a Gilson 434 model, manufactured in March of 1971, right in the middle of my Dad’s tenure of being responsible for inventorying every part that made up that very sled.
It never raced, it never competed, but every part was looked over by Del Dresang. A worthy piece for our shop.
Soon to be restored.

<![CDATA[Go Blue!]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2024 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/go-blue
The lone Yamaha made the show at Eagle River yesterday, locking in the final front row position for today's World Championship.
The lone 4-stroke engine to ever make the WC final. A privateer Yamaha sled representing a brand getting out of the sport, piloted a vintage racer in his first attempt at the WC.
Go blue.

<![CDATA[Goodbye 2023]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/goodbye-2023
Formulating our plans for 2024. Gurney's Eagles will fly. An Elden we hold dear will surprise.
If it snows, a Yamaha might even do something!
We have some new partners for the new year as well, all of whom we are grateful to have, helping us move forward in more ways than one. You'll hear about them very soon.
From all of us at KMPR, have a safe and joyous new year!

<![CDATA[Ferrari]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/ferrari
1967 Ferrari GT330 2+2 Serial No. 7901
A car that once sat next to our Eagle DGF.
Anyway, I watched the movie 'Ferrari' tonight. It was a lovely piece of cinema. The CGI wasn't great. The depiction of de Portago's accident didn't need to go into such detail... but it was a lovely piece of cinema

<![CDATA[Don's Stang]]>Tue, 26 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/dons-stang
In 2017, we borrowed our friend Don's 1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior to use as a prop on our ex-Pete Lovely 1958 Thames 800 transporter.
He felt it was safe and warm at our place, so he never asked for us to return it.
Sadly, Don passed in 2022, and a new home for his Stanguellini had to be found. And so, one was. It leaves later this week.
I grew accustomed to seeing it at the shop, and it'll be one of the last rolling pieces of art that we helped take care of for Don and his estate.
But alas, we hope it meets a track again someday. 1100cc of grit.

<![CDATA[A Chargers Snomobile Club photo...]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/a-chargers-snomobile-club-photo
At the 2022 KMPR Shindig, someone left an envelope of photos pertaining to the old Chargers Snowmobile Club, a group my Dad was heavily involved in during the late 1970s and '80s. While I don't recall who left the photos, one stuck out to me.
Somewhere, circa 1987, on the ice for a drivers meeting, is my Dad in his red, white and black Yamaha attire next to the late Jim Herzig, wearing his old number on his suit: 450.
Herzig was killed in a race in Canada in February, 1998. Five years later, he was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame for his exploits on Arctic Cat machinery. He was forever known as 'Gentleman Jim.'

<![CDATA[Gilson Snowmobiles]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/gilson-snowmobiles
November 24, 1972 - Sheboygan Press
My grandfather, Del Dresang, did inventory control for Gilson Brothers from 1970 to early 1973 before he left to join Harley-Davidson. Gilson was purchased by Toro in 1988.
If you ever drove to Road America northbound from Milwaukee on Highway 57, you passed the factory on the right, just before you came into Plymouth. It's still there today.
As for Cornell Motors, it's now Antonio's and Antoinette's in downtown Plymouth, kitty corner from where Dad once had Riverside Service.

<![CDATA[7231?]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2023 08:00:00 GMThttp://kmvintage.net/news-from-jd/7231
The magic man that is Jim Debosik thought up and gifted us a Carousel 1 1:18 scale 1972 All American Racers Eagle in a fictional KMPR livery that mirrored the 7800 Eagle, but with KMPR taking the place of Arco Graphite.
It's a stellar build; one in which he called #7231!
Thanks Jim!