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The 2022 KAARC Checker Show

The 2022 KAARC Checker Show

A big thank you goes out to the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club and The Gilmore Museum for putting on a great show today.  The $30.00 cover charge was more than fair. A little about the KAARC, from their website  “The Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club (more...

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1949 Checker Model A3 Delivery

1949 Checker Model A3 Delivery

Congratulations to Stephen and Jennifer Fiorenzo on the purchase of their 1949 Checker.  We’re happy to see the active ICTA members take possession of the extremely rare car. The Fiorenzo will add this and the A4 parts car to to their growing Checker collection. ...

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Jim Stout’s 99th Anniversary

Jim Stout’s 99th Anniversary

From the May 1974 Issue of CMC’s Checker News a brief article about longtime Checker employee Jim Stout.  In two-weeks it will be the 99th anniversary of Jim’s start at Checker.  Let’s celebrate. Checker People you Should Know Over a half a Century of Checker Service...

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July-August FARES Newsletter Is Up!

July-August FARES Newsletter Is Up!

As always the ICTA distributes the bi-monthly newsletter on time............oops!    This newsletter was distributed via our email list on July 1st and also loaded to the Facebook files page, but someone forgot to send the webmaster. Applogies, here's the link, the...

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Checker Gathering in Europe

Checker Gathering in Europe

Hello Checker fans! Chris Monier planning a European Checker gathering in October for the 100th Anniversary. Location would be north of London . How many of you would be interested? Date would be Oct 22, 23rd. Let see how many Checkers we can get …. Help in organizing...

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Freeport Taxi Company LTD.

Freeport Taxi Company LTD.

This blog will take us back to Checker Motor Corp. and the date May of 1974 and will share one of the first articles from CMC’s new Checker Motor News, Newsletters.  Years later the name of the Newsletter would be changed to Checker Headlights. In the first edition of...

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Another Checker Squad Car Found!

Another Checker Squad Car Found!

Real Checker cabs have been pretty scarce lately, particularly authentic A11 taxicabs.  Most of  the Checkers you see out on the collector car market today are predominantly Checker Marathons painted like NYC taxicabs.  Given authentic Checker Cabs are scarce, there...

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Making a Resin Casting of a Taxicab Medallion

Making a Resin Casting of a Taxicab Medallion

Years ago, Checker collector and fan Bruce Urhich gifted this writer with a vintage New York City taxicab medallion.  So rare, the cherished item is safe in my taxicab collection in my basement.  So rare, this writer would never risk losing it by mounting in on the...

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The 100th Anniversary of Checker Cab Event!

The 100th Anniversary of Checker Cab Event!

A big thank you goes out to Emerson and Rachel Zentz as well as all of the other staff and officers of the Midwest Bus Museum for putting together a wonderful 100th Anniversary celebration of the Checker Motors Corporation.  Production of twenty-six 1922 Checker Cab...

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Checker 100th Anniversary Show Kickoff

Checker 100th Anniversary Show Kickoff

The 100th anniversary of Checker Cab celebrations was kicked off last night and will continue throughout the weekend in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  The start off was a meet and greet at Features restaurant, where about 20 Checker fans met up. 3 hours of Checker conversation...

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Is This The Same Checker in the Video?

Is This The Same Checker in the Video?

A recent photo from Finland in the heard, one has to wonder if this video is of the same cars some 40 years later?   2022 photo by Elias Valkki. Postscript We received an email from Hannu Kyttänen, the car at the Lati Show and the Checker Model A2 in the video is one...

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ICTA Member Story – Mat Creacradt

ICTA Member Story – Mat Creacradt

A big welcome to our new ICTA member Mat Creacradt of Corry, PA.. Mat found his Checker on the ICTA website in the for sale section, back in 2020. Here's Mat's story! I purchased the car in 2020. It was in western part of Texas and was rust free. I started work on it...

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UK Checker Promotional Action

UK Checker Promotional Action

As we all know, restoring antique cars and Checker Cabs can be very expensive.  Anybody restoring a Checker will have to balance the cost of restoring versus the fun that can be had by owning a Checker. ICTA member Stephen Disbrowe has taken Checker ownership to...

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The Big 100th Anniversary Checker Cab Show

The Big 100th Anniversary Checker Cab Show

100th Anniversary Checker Party At this point in time, the 100th anniversary Checker show is shaping up to be the biggest Checker event ever!  According to show organize Emmerson Zentz, there are already over thirty Checkers registered and more are expected! Emerson...

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Progress On Both The Checker Model A4 and A3

Progress On Both The Checker Model A4 and A3

The weekend of March 20th was a fantastic weather weekend.  Temperatures hits close to 70 degrees on Sunday and are expected to reach 70 degrees on Monday the 21st too! With the great weather, at least in Toledo, Ohio we just seemed to jump from a cold Winter, right...

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Herman Pfauter’s Story,

Herman Pfauter’s Story,

Herman Pfauter was a student at Northeastern University and to help defray his college expenses he started working the night shift at the Checker Taxi Company whose garage was located next to the university campus on Huntington Avenue in Boston, across the Charles...

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The Towne Car Taxicab – A Brush With Luxury

The Towne Car Taxicab – A Brush With Luxury

The Roaring Twenties, was a brief exciting period, it refers to the decade of the 1920’s in big city society and western culture. It was a period of economic prosperity with a distinctive cultural edge in the United States, particularly in major cities such as...

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From Our Checker Cab Friends in Finland!

From Our Checker Cab Friends in Finland!

Just want to share the link to some great Checker fans in Finland!  Here's the Finland Checker Club  page. Checker Ry | Facebook Here's a one photo from the clubs Facebook page. Again, from the Finland Checker Cab crew, here's a great period video....

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Checker Motors 100th Anniversary Event

Checker Motors 100th Anniversary Event

100th Anniversary Checker Party Mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend , May 28th and 29th as the ICTA celebrates 100 years of Checker!  Emerson and Rachel Zentz along with Laddie Vitek are organizing this event. The show is targeted for the Lacrosse area of...

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D.C. Cab,  I Pity the Fool.

D.C. Cab, I Pity the Fool.

The Checker Cab has long been a staple in Hollywood Movies.  The great American icon has  made numerous appearances in a varying number of films, but there are not too many movies where the Checker plays a leading role in a film. So was the case with the movie D.C,...

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How Not To Sell A Checker

How Not To Sell A Checker

The following is a classic example of how not to sell a Checker.  This Checker has been for sale for about 8 weeks.  Good Checkers priced fairly are flying off the market quickly.  The current ad reads as follows: "Selling my 1969 checker 4 Dr it has a 350 v8 and...

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Still The Most Popular Checker Cab Website

Still The Most Popular Checker Cab Website

We're still the most popular Checker based website out on the Internet!  No other website surpasses the ICTA from a content and views standpoint! In the last month alone,  our viewership has gone up by 30%!  How did we accomplish it?  By adding great content on a...

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The Last Checker,  The 1983 Checker A12e

The Last Checker, The 1983 Checker A12e

© 2022 Header Photo by Katherine Bassett Yes, it's true a 1983 Checker was produced off-line at the Checker Kalamazoo plant.  The car started out as "body in white" that was stored in the engineering unit.  The body was used for various engineering studies during...

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More Progress on Another Finland Checker Cab

More Progress on Another Finland Checker Cab

As many folks are aware this is the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Checker Cab production, its will be important that we reflect on all Checker Cabs produced between 1922 and 1982.  Most folks are well aware of the 1958-1982 Checker Cab, but pre 1958 Checker...

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Youtube Time Machines for Checker Viewing

Youtube Time Machines for Checker Viewing

This writer is not a big fan of colorization, typically the colors are washed out or inexplicidily change mid stream   Despite the colorization shortcomings, the videos  below are fun!  Please click below to start your personal time machine, its ready to go  and will...

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They Just Can’t Move On,  Can They?

They Just Can’t Move On, Can They?

It's that time of year again.  Christmas?  No, time to start bashing the ICTA just ahead of the CCCofA membership dues cycle. Yes, the CCCofA charges $25.00 for annual membership, and what do you get for that membership?  Not sure?  Most of the CCCofA club activities...

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The Checkers of Mission: Impossible 1966-1973

The Checkers of Mission: Impossible 1966-1973

Mission: Impossible is a multimedia franchised based on a fictional secret espionage agency known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). The 1966 television series ran for seven seasons from 1966 till 1973.  By 2011, the franchise generated over $4 billion in revenue...

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Joe Dollard Checker Update

Joe Dollard Checker Update

Back in March,  ICTA member Joe Dollard posted the following: Big news for our old friend! The beloved Checker went to the Austin Speed Shop today for some modern updates and love. Entire front suspension will be replaced with an IFS, rack and pinion steering, disc...

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Two Door Checker Custom Update

Two Door Checker Custom Update

Dobbs Autobody is a family-owned business which has been serving the community for over six decades.  Brad Denning took over the business twenty years ago and has continued to build one of the finest reputations in collision repair services in the area.   We have been...

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Salvaging the Checker 1952 Checker A4

Salvaging the Checker 1952 Checker A4

As all Checker owners know, its getting harder and harder to procure Checker parts.  Since all the major Checker parts sellers have closed shop,  Checker owners have to become more flexible and more importantly resourceful. This writer has been very blunt,  if you...

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The ICTA’s Impact on Diecast Models

The ICTA’s Impact on Diecast Models

This website has been running now for about six years, we at the ICTA are very proud of the fact that this site has become the definitive “go to” site for Checker automobile information.  At just shy of 20K internet “hits” a month, no other Checker Cab based website...

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Would You By a Used Checker From This Monster?

Would You By a Used Checker From This Monster?

Well thankfully, you’ll never have to buy a Checker from this accused felon.  All Checker fans have to do, is to check the “For Sale” listings on this very site and Checker Monster begone! The used car market has been hot for the last year, given the current chip...

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Midwest Bus Museum and ICTA Meet Up

Midwest Bus Museum and ICTA Meet Up

A Big thank you to ICTA members Tom & Heather Schwartz and Emerson & Rachel Zentz for hosting the Midwest Bus Museum’s  first annual open house. About the Midwest Bus Museum: The Midwest Bus Museum was incorporated in January of 2020 with the purpose of...

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Checker Cab Lake Geneva Trip Fail

Checker Cab Lake Geneva Trip Fail

It was a valiant attempt at driving a 1958 Checker Cab Model A8 Drivermatic Special, but it just wasn’t meant to be.  After over 250 miles the newly rebuild transmission failed.  That said, it was still a fun trip in the Checker and documented in the video below. The...

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The Odd Ball Checkers, Don’t You Love Them?

The Odd Ball Checkers, Don’t You Love Them?

The biggest challenge of documenting the history of Checker, is trying to think up new articles every couple of weeks.  This writer loves taking the challenge as is demonstrates the ability to be creative and to write something new about an old car that pretty much...

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The Champer by Lynds Camper Service

The Champer by Lynds Camper Service

The Checker has always been considered and oddball car by the public at large.  Quirky, and out of style even when produced, that Checker is now a true automotive American icon. As we are all aware, the Checker did not receive any significant styling changes between...

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Das Awkscht Fescht 2021

Das Awkscht Fescht 2021

For 58 years, Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. Offering three fun-packed days in the great outdoors, it’s been a perfect way for families to celebrate summer and see some of the finest antique cars from the east coast.  Members of the ICTA...

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