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.

Carlisle Events springs into action April 22-26 with auction, swap meet

Cars of all shapes, sizes and colors in the car corrals at Carlisle
Cars of all shapes, sizes and colors in the car corrals at Carlisle | Carlisle Events photos

For more than 40 years Carlisle Events has hosted some of the grandest classic car events in the country, featuring specialty shows for everything from Mustangs and Corvettes to import and kit cars. Each Carlisle event is half-county fair and half-Disneyworld for the car enthusiast. Continue reading

CCCA finally expands criteria for Full Classic candidates

This 1916 Pierce-Arrow could become a Full Classic under new rules | Arizona Concours d’Elegance
This 1916 Pierce-Arrow could become a Full Classic under new rules | Arizona Concours d’Elegance

The Classic Car Club of America is a great organization and has accepted dozens of marques of distinction into their ranks as Full Classics, including Duesenbergs, Maybachs, Stutzes and Mercers. Not every high-end vintage car makes the designation of Full Classic, and now the CCCA has changed a major part of its criteria to bring more of them into the fold. Continue reading

Andy’s personal picks at Auctions America Fort Lauderdale

Auctions America, a division of RM Sotheby’s, has come a long way since it started, but even though it has an increasing number of high-dollar collector cars at its auctions, it still has cars that are not stratospheric in price and therefore available to the average collector. Continue reading

You can do the laid-back approach, or go full bore — like I did — at Amelia

Amelia Island Concours week is one of the greatest car events in the world. One of the best features of Amelia, in contrast to Monterey and others, is that everything is pretty close, rarely do you need to drive more than five minutes to anything as many of the activities take place at the Ritz Carlton. Continue reading

Porsche 914 finally gets its place on the show field

Porsche 914 was a featured class at the Amelia Island concours | Andy Reid photos
Porsche 914 was a featured class at the Amelia Island concours | Andy Reid photos

The Porsche 914 is a model that was unloved and discounted by Porsche purists almost since its introduction. Derided as a Volkswagen and not worthy of the Porsche nameplate, these cars suffered for decades. Continue reading

Andy’s personal picks at RM Sotheby’s Amelia auction

RM Sotheby’s celebrates its 15th year at Amelia Island and the cars on display are some of the nicest we have seen at this sale. Not only are top-tier cars represented but there are a number of more affordable cars on offer, making many of the lots a bit more attainable to a larger number of people. Continue reading

‘Motorbikes for the Masses’ exhibit runs through October 11 at AACA Museum

1962 CZ Cezeta 504 and trailer among the featured vehicles | AACA Museum photos
1962 Motokov Cezeta 504 and trailer are among the featured vehicles | AACA Museum photos

The motorcycle collecting hobby has been hot for a number of years and has been starting to really keep pace with the car hobby. Howeer, one part of the motorcycle scene that has been largely ignored is that of motorscooters and mopeds. Continue reading

5 things to do with your classic car when the snow’s too deep to drive it

Winter can seem like the worst time of the year for those of us in the classic car hobby, especially those of us who live in a place where that white stuff falls from the sky on a regular basis. So instead of driving our cars, we spend most of our time shoveling snow and wondering when the deluge will ever end. Continue reading

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

1190 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo joins Simeone museum collection | Simeone museum photo
1990 Nissan 300ZX joins Simeone museum collection | Simeone museum photo

Recently, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum announced the first Japanese sports car to join its permanent collection. No the car is not a BRE 240Z or a Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX raced by Paul Newman. Instead, it is a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. Continue reading