Meet Von HotRod, World Renowned California Pinstriper


We are so excited to have Von Hot Rod joining us again, pin-striping at our Car Show. Von Hot Rod is Hot Rodding’s pre-emminant pinstriper
and Personality.

(Bio courtesy of For the last 19 years Von Hot Rod has put on many Hotrod and Kustom shows. One in particular is the “Von Hot Rod’s Pinstriper Reunion”.  Held in Pomona, Calif. The Stater Bro. Route 66 , Von puts on “Von Hot Rod’s Shindig” a 50’s style Hotrod & Kustom Rock-a-Billy show. On ESPN-2, Hot Rod TV airs His Pinstriping show. He has been feathered in numerous magazines, As well as books. At the Annual Stater Bros.  Route 66 Rendezvous Von was the Honored guess, He was the inductee for the 2007 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame representing Pinstriping. In 2008 Von organized the Silent auction for SEMA, In Las Vegas, Von Has now started “Von Hot Rod’s Pinstriping Circus”. A traveling Pinstriping show that attends Hotrod and bike shows around the country and helps raise money for charities. The TV show “Car Warriors” on SPEED used his Pinstriped shift knob, 6 of the winning cars have all had his shift knob. And what is the latest out of Von. at SEMA this year,

Von has a new line of goodies making a appearance in the new product section. Stamped Steel small block Chevy Pinstriped Valve covers. A line
of VHR Jewelry. And from MAC Tools 4 limited collectable Die cast Hotrod cars designed by Von.

You can visit VHR’s website and take a look at all the goodies he has for sale.


It’s Car Show time!

10th Annual Anderson Ford Car Show
Sunday, September 10th 2017

Special Guests:  John Clor, Communications Manager at Ford Performance & Author of The Mustang Dynasty
and Von Hot Rod, World Renowned California Pinstriper


$10 Entry Fee Entry fee benefits the Fairview Haven
Retirement Community Memory Support Fund
(Spectators are FREE!)

50/50 Raffle – Door Prizes – Dash Plaques
Food will be available for purchase

NEW for 2017! 

25′ of Blazing track – 50/50 Money Prize!

-No Drugs    -No Alcohol     -No Burnouts    On Premises

Questions please give us a call at 217-935-3106 or Toll Free at 888-715-6476

You’ve Got a Teen Driver!


It happened!  All the sudden you have a teenager who is about to start driving. Yes, you are so proud of them for making it this far yet you are terrified as well. Choosing their first car doesn’t have to be a horrifying experience. You have to find the best way to give them a vehicle they will love and keep them safe.  Keeping them safe being the most important part but if they like it hopefully they will take care of it.  You will have plenty of options here at Anderson Ford no matter what budget you are looking to stay in.

For most parents their main goal is to find a safe/reliable vehicle for their first time driver. They want this car too last at least through high school and into college. Ford vehicles are a great place to start.  Ford has a wide variety of cars, trucks and SUV’s that hold their value well and are top safety rated!

When it comes to safety nothing but the best and safest for your teen driver.  It is suggested that you buy the most recent used car you can afford.  Vehicle safety has improved so much over the years so by buying as new as you can you are assured to have the best safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety publishes a list of used cars recommended for teens.  Among the Fords listed were the Taurus, Fusion, Edge, Escape and Flex. They all have excellent safety features, great style and ride.  And parents… no high-horsepower Mustangs – not yet! Wait until they are responsible to handle it.

Congrats to your newly driving teen!  Anderson Ford wishes them the best of luck and just a little advice.  Keep your mind on what you are doing, no texting, no distracted driving.  Stay Safe!!

You know Anderson Ford is a Motorsport dealership right?

Anderson Ford has one of the largest Motorsport departments in the state of Illinois. The knowledge of the staff is second to none!
Today we wanted to share their latest blog post with you.


3 Best Mustang Upgrades
Ford Mustangs have withstood the tests of time because of their amazing capacity for speed, their smooth ride, and their sleek exterior. Indeed, under the hood, Mustang engine power ranges from 101 horsepower to 390 horsepower or more. The Mustang was introduced at the NY World’s Fair on April 17, 1964 — 22,000 of them were immediately snatched up. The much loved model has evolved through time, but remains iconic.
Mustangs are also a favorite among racers throughout the country. With just a few key upgrades, you can enter the age of Mustang racing, by installing Ford Mustang performance parts. For those who have a need for speed, these Mustang performance mods are essential. Check out the best Mustang upgrades here:
1. Cold Air Intake
This the first thing anyone should do if they are seeking to upgrade their Mustang. Even the most novice Mustang owner can replace their stock air box with a cold air intake. They are easy to install, and can take as little as 30 minutes to complete. This replacement is also inexpensive, and it is a great way to pick up extra power and increased efficiency. Indeed, a cold air intake can bring you around +15HP and an increase of 1-2 MPG.
2.Aluminum Driveshaft
Replacing your Mustang’s OEM steel driveshaft can improve performance in many ways. First of all, you will reduce power loss throughout the drivetrain by 2-4%, and in addition, there will be a weight reduction of almost 20 pounds. This replacement will result in a quicker acceleration and throttle response. You’ll enjoy a reduction of noise and vibration.
3. Cat-Back Exhaust
A cat-back replaces the stock exhaust from behind the catalytic converters, typically all the way to the exhaust tips. Indeed, your aftermarket cat-backs will shed about half of the weight of the stock exhaust, it will flow better, and it also will change the sound of your newly upgraded Mustang.
 Don’t compromise on these easy to install and reasonably priced upgrades, designed for increasing horsepower and making your Mustang a racing machine. For more in-depth upgrades, seek out other members of the Mustang racing community to find out how to better enhance your engine capabilities and get you going as fast as possible with the best Mustang upgrades.


For help on any upgrades to your Mustang give them a call toll free at  (888) 715-6487 or visit their website