Chase Vehicles

The current vehicles which take us on our journeys and adventures...
Focus in Iowa
Focus in Iowa

Focus lined up for a tornadic supercell in Solon, Iowa April 2011

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08 focus

watching a tornadic storm move into wisconsin

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Focus ready for a new storm
Focus ready for a new storm

the first tornadic storms of the day as they cross Boone and McHenry Counties in November 17 2013

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Focus in Iowa
Focus in Iowa

Focus lined up for a tornadic supercell in Solon, Iowa April 2011

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2008 Ford Focus SE Coupe

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since 2009, Richards Focus has been the center of most of our excursions.

 

 

Memorable chases:

 

November 17 2013 - McHenry Co / S Chicago Supercell

2011 - Whitewater, WI Tornado warning

April 2011 - Funnel in Iowa

April 2011 - Solon Ia Tornado Warning

2011 - Arkdale / Friendship Tornado Damage

2011 - N IL Supercell

 

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98 Civic - 2
98 Civic - 2

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98 Civic - 3 outside Union IL
98 Civic - 3 outside Union IL

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98 Civic - 1

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1998 Honda Civic LX

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August 2014 - Present

 

Erik's daily driver following the 98 neon's passing back in January.

 

 

Memorable Chases

 

2014 - Shelf with whales mouth

 

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2014 Toyota Prius C

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2015 - Present

 

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Memorable Chases

 

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Chase Vehicles

Past vehicle that took us on our adventures...
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7472

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7477

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2000 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4

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February 2014 - Present

 

Dave's newest transport... not the most fuel efficient but will be a great hauler.

 

 

Memorable Chases

 

2014 - Roll cloud near hampshire

 

98 neon
98 neon

watching a shelf cloud move in summer 2011

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98 neon
98 neon

going out for a siren video

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98 neon
98 neon

following the groundhogs day blizzard feb 3 2011

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98 neon
98 neon

watching a shelf cloud move in summer 2011

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1998 Dodge Neon Highline Coupe

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April 2009 - January 2014

 

Erik's neon was his primary chase / spotting vehicle from 2009 - early 2014. The car had low miles and sadly met its fate when the timing went at only 62k.

 

Most known for being there on Siren Days!

 

Memorable Chases

 

2013 - Snowstorms

2013 - McHenry Co Hail

2010 - Huntley Shelf

2009 - McHenry Co Shelf

 

96 outback
96 outback

out for siren day at Belvidere, IL STH-10

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96 outback
96 outback

out for siren day at Belvidere, IL STH-10

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1996 Subaru Outback

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2011 - 2014

 

Was Dave's primary transportation, was replaced by the truck.

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1989 Chrysler LeBaron GTC Turbo Coupe

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xx - 2013

 

Between the GP and the Focus came the GTC Turbo Coupe.  Being fans of the 80s and 90s mopars Rich took up this project and it was very useful during the time he had it. When the focus came along it went into storage till recently removed from service.

 

 

Memorable Chases

 

2008 - Kingston Tornado Warning

 

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2003 Ford Taurus SES

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2003- July 2011

 

Was probably the best chase vehicle we had, this poor car tackled most of our better chases but in the end it lost a fight with a fire hydrant  -_-

 

Memorable Chases

 

 

2011 - Dane Co WI Tornado

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2009 - Large Marengo IL Hail

2008 - Harvard IL Tornado

 

94 voyager
94 voyager

fall 2006

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94 voyager

out in a snowstorm

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94 voyager

back from an indiana chase in 2007

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94 voyager

fall 2006

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1994 Plymouth Voyager

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October 2005 - January 2009

 

Great people hauler, this Voyager was freshly off its service as a transport van for the county blood bank.  Clean and well maintained she came to live with Erik in 2005, perfect taking up to 7 people on cross state chases.  Would still be here today if some dumb kids decided not to go drinking and driving and hit it head on late on a snowy day.

1995 Pontiac Grand Prix SE

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2003 - 2007

 

Before the Focus, was Rich's GP.  This vehicle las we checked in 2013 was still spending its days in the Rockford area.

 

Memorable Chases

 

2004 - Bull Valley IL Tornado

2005 - May storms

1987 Plymouth Reliant K LE

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2005 - 2005

 

Maybe not the best in reliability at the time as it was only with us for 4 months, but she was decked out in all the "stuff"... the only chase it could have gone on was the August tornado outbreak in southern wisconsin in 2005 but blew her brakelines out the day before the event so a loaner car took the place that day.

 

Memorable Chases

 

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1992 Dodge Spirit

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September 2003 - 2008

 

The Spirit was Erik's primary driver and went on several local chases.

 

Memorable Chases

 

2004 - Sheridan Supercell