Joe Bortz is the original dream car collector. In the early 1980s, the Chicago restaurant chain entrepreneur began trading in classic pre-war Cadillacs and Duesenbergs for cars like the General Motors Motorama 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special. He began to scout the legendary Detroit junkyard Warhoops to look for such cars from the 1950s and ’60s, that were supposed to be crushed or drawn-and-quartered [like his 1953 Buick Wildcat I, which was drawn-and-quartered until his restorer put its pieces together], and pioneered a new sort of automotive collecting.
More recently, Bortz joined the Radwood movement, though he is not familiar with the term. “We call them young-timers,” he says of millennial enthusiasts who have begun curating car shows full of 1980s and ’90s metal.
A Radwood-y Car
In fact, Bortz may be a bit ahead of the Radwood young-timers, having added a trio of turn-of-the-millennium Ford Motor Company concepts recently. About