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Couples drive in, renew vows during Woodward Dream Cruise

Gordon and Geri Rinschler renew their vows in their 1930 Model A  during the Woodward Dream Cruise| Hagerty photos
Gordon and Geri Rinschler renew their vows in their 1930 Model A during the Woodward Dream Cruise| Hagerty photos

The Monterey Peninsula isn’t the only place the automobile and its role in American life is being celebrated this weekend. In the Detroit area, it’s Woodward Dream Cruise weekend.

“So many special life moments that create lasting memories are connected to cars,” McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of Hagerty, the classic car insurer and value tracker, was quoted in a news release. Continue reading

Cool Mercury customs featured at Pebble Beach Concours

The chopped and channeled Mercury set the style of early ’50s cool | Pebble Beach Concours
The chopped and channeled Mercury set the style for early ’50s cool | Pebble Beach Concours

Ken Gross remembers watching the coolest guy at Salem High School drive down the street, all James Dean with a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in his sleeve, at the wheel of his customized, chopped-top ’51 Mercury. Looking at that ride, with its flipper hubcaps catching the light, its rumbling exhausts, and a customized body all sleek and mean, Gross thought, “Man, I’d love to be that guy.”

More than half a century later, Gross – now a celebrated automotive historian, museum curator and author, as well as a Selection Committee Member and a Chief Class Judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – has made it his mission to bring a measure of cool this year to the 18th Fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Gross has put together the first-ever postwar class of Mercury Customs to be shown at the Concours, which takes place Sunday, August 16. Continue reading

Keno Brothers set inaugural ‘Rolling Sculpture’ auction for November 19

Keno Brothers set a date for their first classic car auction | Keno Brothers Fine Automobiles Auctions photo
Keno Brothers (Leslie, left, and Leigh) set a date for their first classic car auction | Keno Brothers Fine Automobiles Auctions photo

We’ve known for several months that Leslie and Leigh Keno, famed for their participation in PBS’ Antiques Roadshow and their expertise on art and antiques, are launching their own classic and collector car auction company. They announced today that company will be known as Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions, which will stage its inaugural sale, called “Rolling Sculpture,” November 19 in New York City.

While not announcing the specific location, the brothers’ news release promised a “museum-quality showroom” where the pre-sale exhibition begins November 17 to “celebrate automobiles as purposeful ‘rolling works of art’.” Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1962 Chevrolet Impala 409 re-creation

BJ_day1_1962ChevroletImpala409Re-CreationEditors note: This is the last in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

When Chevrolet introduced the Super Sport package for the 1961 Impala, it ignited a battle between automakers to see who could bring people the most power. The SS’s 409-cid V8 was built to compete with Ford’s new 390 powerplant. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

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1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the ninth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

In 1966, Chevrolet’s big-block V8 came with either 390 horsepower or 425, depending on the compression, and came with larger intake valves and a bigger Holley four-barrel carburetor on an aluminum manifold. When the 1966 Corvette came out the demand for the big-block V8 was so high, that the small bock options were cut from five to two. Continue reading

Porsche Speedster owner shares his story (Part 3)

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(Editor’s note: This is the final of three stories in which Mike Dyott, owner of thebarn-found’ Porsche Speedster for sale on ClassicCars.com, shares his story in his own words.)

By Mike Dyott

With a broken rod, I had to come clean about my evil past, my racing in secret. I survived without physical abuse but was ostracized for weeks. Part of what saved me was that I’d bought her a VW “bug” for Christmas so she had her own car to drive.

Now that the truth was out and I’d gotten a decent bank account, her’s was separate, I was in a way able to add a little racing upgrade here and there and that’s how I’d end up rebuilding the engine so many times. First came an Isky cam, then Zenith carbs, then a C case and on until it got to its present configuration. Continue reading