All posts by Andy Reid

Andy Reid’s first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars, “none of them normal or reasonable,” as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

A visit to Ray Evernham’s racing and road car collection

Ray Evernham and the 'Lost Legend' XL-1 race car | Andy Reid photos
Ray Evernham and the ‘Lost Legend’ XL-1 race car | Andy Reid photos

While I was in Charlotte recently for the AutoFair, I had an opportunity to spend some time with Ray Evernham, the former NASCAR championship-winning crew chief, racing team owner, long-time classic car aficionado and current host of the television show AmeriCARna. That is quite a resume, but talking with Evernham, even for a few minutes, lets you know why he has been able to achieve so much. Our conversation spanned topics from the moonshine-running roots of NASCAR to 1960s Indy car design to the engineering dynamics of modern Formula 1 cars. The man is a genius and moved through these and other topics with ease and a degree of knowledge that was nothing short of astounding.

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Eye Candy: Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance

Last weekend I had the opportunity to be one of the judges at the third Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance in Pinehurst, North Carolina, an event that has been a hidden gem in the concours world. However, Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard has done something amazing and has brought event-planning expertise to help to make Pinehurst a true world-class concours in a very short period of time. Continue reading

Pinehurst best of show car has Hollywood history

Ex-Fatty Arbuckle 1919 Pierce Arrow takes best of show at Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance | Andy Reid photos
Ex-Fatty Arbuckle 1919 Pierce Arrow takes best of show at Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance | Andy Reid photos

The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance has come to a close and now has its third Best of Show winner, the magnificent 1919 Pierce Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer owned by Robert Jepson Jr. of Savannah, Georgia. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Spring Carlisle car corral

Spring Carlisle’s big point of difference when compared to the other Carlisle events is that instead of having a large show car field, instead what is featured is of one of the largest cars-for-sale corrals we have seen at any car event. The car corrals at Spring Carlisle features somewhere around 700 cars for sale, with cars for just about everyone regardless of your budget or brand loyalty. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Caffeine and Carburetors at New Canaan, Connecticut

The Cars and Coffee phenomenon is something that has sprung up in just about every area in the United States in recent years. The idea is a simple one: Bring your cool car, no matter what the type or make, out on a Saturday or Sunday morning and show it off while you enjoy coffee and doughnuts for breakfast. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction

Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction is sometimes overlooked, largely due to the sheer size and reach of the company’s Arizona auction. This is a big mistake, however, as the Palm Beach sale always has had great cars for buyers and has set a number of world records, which should be of interest to sellers. Continue reading

I learned a lot at the Charlotte AutoFair

Don't laugh at lawnmower racing until you've tried it | Charlotte AutoFair photo of our guy Andy Reid in action
Don’t laugh at lawnmower racing until you’ve tried it | Charlotte AutoFair photo of our guy Andy Reid in action

I went to Charlotte last week to attend my first Charlotte AutoFair. So what did I see, do and learn at this event? Well in a nutshell, I looked at thousands of cars for sale, scores of parts, drag raced a Ford Mustang, drove a racing lawnmower, ate some awesome county fair food, petted animals in the petting zoo, spent time with Bobby Allison and Ray Evernham, got a tour of the NASCAR No. 24 Hendrick Racing shop with Jeff Gordon’s step father, John Bickford, attended a full blown AACA show, got a tour of his Evernham’s car collection, and made a lot of new car friends, including Ray and John.

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At AutoFair, pristine AACA classics and a petting zoo

Family gathering around a 1936 MG PB roadster at AutoFair | Andy Reid photos
Family gathering around a 1936 MG PB roadster at AutoFair | Andy Reid photos

Saturday was our third day at the Charlotte AutoFair, and we were again surprised at how many dimensions there are to this one-of-a-kind event. There really is something for everyone here no matter what your car interests are. Continue reading