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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.

Elegance at Hershey starts today

Famed Mormon Meteor was best of show at The Elegance at Hershey in 2014 | Elegance at Hershey photos
Famed Mormon Meteor was best of show at The Elegance at Hershey in 2014 | Elegance at Hershey photos

The Elegance at Hershey, a three-day event that harkens to collector car events of the 1950s and ‘60s, takes place this weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and should prove to be another great year for this event.

It kicks off Friday with The Grand Ascent, a vintage-style hill climb for pre-war and early post war cars from the Vintage Sports car Club of America competing for the fastest time up the hill. While not strictly a race, the hill climb is quite competitive and a great opportunity to see historic sporting cars driven in anger. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible

The impressive Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible offers terrific value for the money
The impressive Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible offers terrific value for the money

Of all the cars in the world, none is more storied and more impressive than a Rolls-Royce. The company’s motto is “The best car in the world,” and a good example of any Rolls-Royce certainly delivers on that promise.

This is partly due to the fact that a Rolls-Royce has always been one of the most expensive cars in the world, always costing more than the average house by a long shot. When just looking at a Rolls and sitting behind the wheel, you see immediately where all that money was spent. Continue reading

TVR recruits Gordon Murray, Cosworth for brand’s return to the road

TVR chairman Les Edgar promises cars in production in 2017 | TVR photo
TVR chairman Les Edgar promises cars in production in 2017 | TVR photo

Let me state from the start that I love low-production British car brands. Aston Martin, Jensen, Alvis and Morgan are all brands that I hold dear to my heart.

The biggest problem of many of the cars from these marques is that they tend to be quite expensive when compared to their higher-production counterparts from Jaguar, MG, Triumph and Austin Healey. Continue reading

Stunning Pinnacle Portfolio of post-war sports cars bumps RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction to three days

Portfolio will include some 30 vehicles | RM Sotheby’s photo by Patrick Ernzen
Portfolio will include some 30 vehicles | RM Sotheby’s photo by Patrick Ernzen

The classic car auction empire that is RM Sotheby’s just keeps getting bigger.

Ian Kellehrer, car specialist for the classic car auction house, just announced at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City that RM Sotheby’s has consigned to the flagship Monterey sale one of the largest and most significant single-owner collections ever to be offered at auction. Continue reading

Packard, Cisitalia takes best of honors at Greenwich

1935 Packard 1201 convertible wins best of show among American cars at Greenwich | Andy Reid photos 1935 Packard 1201 convertible wins best of show among American cars at Greenwich | Andy Reid photos

This year marked the 20th anniversary for the Greenwich Concours and event founder Bruce Wennerstrom was on hand all weekend to help usher in his baby’s next decade. The classic car hobby owes him a debt of gratitude for starting this event and keeping it going for these many years. It is the only concours of its stature in New England. Continue reading

What I would take home from Bonhams Greenwich

A valuable 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 is among the offerings at the Greenwich auction | Bonhams
A valuable 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 is among the offerings at the Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

I have attended the Bonhams Greenwich Concours d’ Elegance auction in Connecticut for a number of years now, and I have always found that it has a little something for everyone. This year’s sale has quite a few fantastic cars on offer, many that I would love to take home, as well as an impressive amount of automobilia for sale. Continue reading

The completely different import, kit-car show at Carlisle

The North American Spitfire Squadron was out in full force at Carlisle | Andy Reid photos
The North American Spitfire Squadron was out in full force at Carlisle | Andy Reid photos

Once a year, a very special and different kind of car show happens in Carlisle, Pennsylvania – the Carlisle Import and Kit Car nationals.

This is one of my all-time favorite shows because it has more different kinds of cars than any other show I have ever attended. Continue reading

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