Featured Member of the Week: Charles Weikel

1995 Mazda Miata S

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a retired paint and body man due to heart failure.

How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?

I repainted my Hot Wheels car’s when I was a child and my first car when I was in high school.

What Rides do you currently own?

I am restoring my 1968 Ranchero GT. I am still in parts collecting mode on it.

1987 Chevrolet El Camino

What do you like most about your Cool Rides?

The ideas of what people want their rides to be.

1980 ElCamino, 350 V8

What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?

I had a 1976 Buick Skyhawk that I outran the local PD with. It had a 231 V6 that was putting out almost 300 hp thanks to Kenny Bell and an 150 hp NOS kit.

Buick Skyhawk

How do you store your ride(s) during infrequent use, and what maintenance tips can you provide for readers?

Depends on the car. Most of the time I start with the engine.

1995 Mazda Miata S

What was the first car you ever owned?

My first car was a 1962 Buick Special

1957 Corvette

1957 Corvette

What is/was the BEST car ever made?

The Buick GN

What is/was the WORST car ever made?

Studebaker’s. If they were any good they would still be making them.

1972 Pont Le Mans Sport

How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?


Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I helped my father build his second airplane. We made so many changes on it that it flies almost 40 mph faster then it was designed to do.