Classic Car News » Larry Crane https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:26:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 Driven: XK 120 C-type Jaguarhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-xk-120-c-type-jaguar/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-xk-120-c-type-jaguar/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:30:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99667 Read More

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Phil Reilly’s big restoration shop in Corte Madera, California, was as bright as a hospital emergency room when my wife, Tracy, and I arrived at about 10 o’clock one Wednesday evening. Ross Cummings was waiting to release the last automotive patient before the four-day car guy’s bacchanalia affectionately known as the “Monterey Weekend.”

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Passion as enterprise: Mecum offers car-guy dreams at real-guy priceshttps://news.classiccars.com/passion-enterprise-mecum-offers-car-guy-dreams-real-guy-prices/ https://news.classiccars.com/passion-enterprise-mecum-offers-car-guy-dreams-real-guy-prices/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:35:07 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97979 Read More

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Mecum Auctions’ Los Angeles 2017 sale last week was produced at the storied Pomona fairgrounds — now Fairplex — long-established epicenter of Southern California car enthusiast thought and action. True to the facilities’ welcome to all who play in the hobby, Mecum delivered on its promise as “every-man’s auction company” to present a broad selection of vehicles “from entry-level to museum-grade” with sale prices of cars from just a few thousand dollars to several hundred thousand.

There in is the carefully groomed reason that Dana Mecum’s auction company, created in 1988, has become the volume leader in “collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales” throughout the United States.

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A Malibu morning at Fireball Tim’s Wheels & Waveshttps://news.classiccars.com/malibu-morning-cars-gather-fireball-tims-wheels-waves/ https://news.classiccars.com/malibu-morning-cars-gather-fireball-tims-wheels-waves/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:25:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96958 Read More

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Sunday morning in Malibu. Down the hill through dense fog and into a lovely English light-box sky — flat white — like the expensive light created in a photographer’s studio. Reflections are pure. Color is represented in its truest form without the brilliant flare that changes the F-stop in your retina and gives you a darker version.

It is a fantastic time and place to photograph cars — anywhere is a great place to look at and talk about cars with knowledgeable aficionados. The brick-paved carpark in front of the Malibu Kitchen in the 7:00 a.m. chill of a Pacific beach winter morning is as authentic a European recreation as we get to experience locally.

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Driven: USAC sprint car, with bonus laps in a real Indy racerhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-usac-sprint-car-bonus-laps-real-indy-racer/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-usac-sprint-car-bonus-laps-real-indy-racer/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:30:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96186 Read More

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‘Engage the dogs by squeezing the lock lever against the shifter and pulling it back. As soon as the push truck makes contact, watch the oil-pressure gauge. When the needle moves, hit the ignition switch and brace your neck for the acceleration.”

I did. It did. And we did.

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Pilgrimage to the Grand National Roadster Showhttps://news.classiccars.com/pilgrimage-grand-national-roadster-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/pilgrimage-grand-national-roadster-show/#comments Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:30:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96837 Read More

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Al Slonaker launched a modified-car show in the Oakland Exposition hall in 1949 and decided to focus on hot rods for the following year. “Hot rod” meant “public nuisance” (menace, even) in the local (national, too) press, so he called his rechristened exhibit the “Roadster Show.”

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Driven: Ferrari F50, and my continuing educationhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-ferrari-f50-continuing-education/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-ferrari-f50-continuing-education/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:30:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96177 Read More

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A lap of Pista de Fiorano, Ferrari’s on-site testing facility for all production and F1 cars, lived in my head. My first laps there were in a 328GTB. I returned to experience the first Testarossa and again for the 512TR. Then, on the 50th anniversary of the marque, we were given the opportunity to try the F50.

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Here’s how to get the new year off to a great starthttps://news.classiccars.com/heres-get-new-year-off-great-start/ https://news.classiccars.com/heres-get-new-year-off-great-start/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:30:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94491 Read More

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Brilliant sunshine. air cool enough to show off your favorite club jacket. and old friends with new stories brought us all together for the 32nd time on January 1 of this new year. It’s not as though you haven’t been driving your favorite ride around Southern California every weekend since January 1, 2016, it’s just a perfect morning to reflect on another year of building — or rebuilding — out of parts we’re glad someone cared enough to save; then visiting a few shops of the guys who have mastered the art.

However, this is not a “driving” event, it is a destination event planned by Larry Wood, responsible for every Hot Wheels car since the sixth one.

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Rick Rawlins: The automobilist as curatorhttps://news.classiccars.com/rick-rawlins-automobilist-curator/ https://news.classiccars.com/rick-rawlins-automobilist-curator/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2017 09:30:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94030 Read More

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The trove of treasures in Rick Rawlins’ checkerboard jewel box represents the historic touch-points in the century-long narrative of a dream set for a well-read aficionado. In his hands, the race cars are raced and the touring cars are toured and everything is in show car condition.

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Dorothy and J.B. Nethercutt bought a restorable Duesenberg, then a duPont, and won at Pebble Beach — repeatedlyhttps://news.classiccars.com/dorothy-j-b-nethercutt-bought-restorable-duesenberg-dupont-won-pebble-beach-repeatedly/ https://news.classiccars.com/dorothy-j-b-nethercutt-bought-restorable-duesenberg-dupont-won-pebble-beach-repeatedly/#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:35:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=92452 Read More

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‘The first car I owned was in the very early days of my courtship with my wife Dorothy,” recalled the late J.B. Nethercutt, “…was a 1923 Chevrolet touring… It had a loose piston in the engine… no floorboards in the front… and the running boards were gone. But since I only paid $12 and a .22 pump rifle for it, it wasn’t too bad of a deal.”

J.B. bought a closed body — with floors — and mounted in on the Chevrolet chassis and that was their car for many years as J.B. helped his aunt, Merle Norman, build her cosmetics business.

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The Petersen presents the ‘Art of Bugatti’ in four actshttps://news.classiccars.com/petersen-presents-art-bugatti-four-acts/ https://news.classiccars.com/petersen-presents-art-bugatti-four-acts/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:30:45 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91143 Read More

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(Editor’s note: In October, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opened a major new exhibition, “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring works by various members of the artistic family.)

At least four generations of the Bugatti family had their creative energy and Milanese work ethic carefully polished at the Accademia de Belle Arti di Brera, the city’s famous institution founded in 1776 by Maria Theresa, Austrian archduchess and Holy Roman Empress of the Habsburg Dynasty. Its charter was to “provide instruction in fine arts to craftsmen and private artists.”

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Best of French and Italian car owners endure the dust and heathttps://news.classiccars.com/best-french-italian-car-owners-endure-dust-heat/ https://news.classiccars.com/best-french-italian-car-owners-endure-dust-heat/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:30:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=90832 Read More

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‘Best of France and Italy” is not a concours d’elegance. It is a chance for Los Angeles area owners and fans of a specific, under-served, group of enthusiast cars to assemble and share stories, to find help — and rare pieces — as well as buyers and sellers.

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For Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild: A reunion on home turfhttps://news.classiccars.com/fisher-body-craftsmans-guild-reunion-home-turf/ https://news.classiccars.com/fisher-body-craftsmans-guild-reunion-home-turf/#comments Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:30:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=89598 Read More

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From the beginning in 1930 until 1948, a Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild entry consisted of the accurately detailed construction of a model of the Napoleonic coach that stood as the logo for Fisher Body, the company that build car bodies for General Motors.

For the next 20 years, young would-be car designers were asked to create home-built models of the cars of the future.

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ArtCenter Car Classic: A garden of earthly delightshttps://news.classiccars.com/artcenter-car-classic-garden-earthly-delights/ https://news.classiccars.com/artcenter-car-classic-garden-earthly-delights/#comments Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:30:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=89502 Read More

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The ArtCenter Car Classic was launched a bit over a decade ago to collect and exhibit the most intriguing automobiles seen in Los Angeles car culture and to celebrate the ArtCenter College of Design’s leadership in that creative adventure.

As succinctly described in the event brochure: “More than just another high-profile car show, this popular public event celebrates the very best in automotive design, showcasing the College’s strong ties to industry and honoring many of our noteworthy alumni.”

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Petersen curator shares his vision for museum’s car collectionhttps://news.classiccars.com/petersen-curator-shares-vision-museums-car-collection/ https://news.classiccars.com/petersen-curator-shares-vision-museums-car-collection/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:30:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=88631 Read More

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The original structure that still contains the Petersen Automotive Museum was designed by Welton Becket Associates, creators of many Los Angeles architectural icons including the art deco classic Pan Pacific Auditorium, the Capital Records building, the LAX theme building, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the city’s Music Center.

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The making (and collection) of the ‘Most Passionate Enthusiast’https://news.classiccars.com/making-passionate-enthusiast/ https://news.classiccars.com/making-passionate-enthusiast/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:30:32 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=87067 Read More

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Michael Malamut was fixing neighbor’s cars while in high school to raise enough money to have one of his own. The local newspaper classifieds seeded that goal. Cheap cars could be fixed or lightly refurbished and sold for a profit.

Volkswagens were good targets because everyone wanted one in the ‘60s and there were few mechanics willing to repair them. Air-cooled Volkswagens led directly to early Porsche 356s and the profit margins improved.

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Cars & Characters: The reunion at Paramount Ranchhttps://news.classiccars.com/cars-characters-reunion-sorts-paramount-ranch/ https://news.classiccars.com/cars-characters-reunion-sorts-paramount-ranch/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:30:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=87039 Read More

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In September of 1948, Al Moss of Goleta, California, bought the MG TC he owned until we lost him a few years ago, opened his own MG store and, in January of 1949 organized California’s first sports car rally.

Participants who ran through the canyons included Keenan Wynn (already a noted dry lakes hot rod racer), Larry Parks (a recent Oscar nominee for The Jolson Story, and Tom Bamford (character actor and stunt driver) — all three were veteran motorcycle racers.

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Eye Candy: Automobilia is a celebration of us and our stuffhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-automobilia-tony-singers-celebration-us-stuff/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-automobilia-tony-singers-celebration-us-stuff/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:25:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83710 Read More

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The Monterey Embassy Suites Laguna Grande ballroom snugly contained the 2016 edition of the annual assembly of folks who collect and share automotive artifacts and literature. It was awash in enthusiastic buyers and sellers — “old guys with old stuff.” Okay, “traders with treasures.” If you are a fan of the history of the automobile and, by extension, the hobby of its passion, it is not to be missed.

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Eye Candy: Hollywood Movie Car Auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-hollywood-movie-car-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-hollywood-movie-car-auction/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:30:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=80336 Read More

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Ted Moser is a high achiever, champion cattle roper, master mechanic and fabricator, legendary NASCAR fan, purveyor of motor vehicles to the film and television industry, credentialed actor and a stylish guy — with something like 1,000 cars give-or-take in several large lots across Southern California.

“I just can’t afford to store them any more,” he tells me.

The Movie Car Auction could solve some of that challenge.

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Eye Candy: Santa Barbara Cars & Coffeehttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-santa-barbara-cars-coffee/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-santa-barbara-cars-coffee/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:25:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78529 Read More

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The cars and coffee phenomenon began several decades ago with car guys assembling on Saturday mornings at Adams Avenue Donuts at the corner of Magnolia in Huntington Beach, California. It is a busy commercial mall so the cars could arrive at 7:00 a.m. when the donut shop opened (soon, you had to be there by 6:30 to get a parking place) and everyone had to be gone at 9 o’clock to clear the parking lot for the mall patrons.

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Eye Candy: LA Roadsters exhibition and swap meethttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-la-roadsters-exhibition-swap-meet/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-la-roadsters-exhibition-swap-meet/#comments Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:30:27 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78427 Read More

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In 1957 Dick Scritchfield distributed a simple hand bill in all the right places to announce: “A meeting of all people interested in forming an exclusive roadster club will be held Sunday, June 15, at 6 p.m. If unable to attend, but interested, contact Dick Scritchfield, N. 5-4909. Meet at Weiand Equipment Company, 2733 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles.”

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Eye Candy: Auctions America’s Santa Monica salehttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-auctions-americas-santa-monica-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-auctions-americas-santa-monica-auction/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78003 Read More

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Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale was staged as a dramatic celebration of our favorite subject. The red carpet that covered the entire floor of the “grand salon” raised the level of excitement in the famous Barkar Hangar complex on the edge of the Santa Monica airport. All the cars indoors were spot-lit in an otherwise low-light atmosphere. That was a fantastic idea. Every car was important and most were rare, even though not necessarily valuable in our current car culture.

Whether on the red carpet or outside on the surrounding tarmac, the sale was an enthusiast’s trove. The million-dollar sales

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Eye Candy: 23rd annual Rodeo Drive concours d’elegancehttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-23rd-annual-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-23rd-annual-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance/#comments Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:30:33 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77475 Read More

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Rodeo Drive is not the land of cowboy Cadillacs (it’s not that rodeo), nor is it the land of wild horses — no wait — it is indeed the land of very, very wild horses and vast numbers of equestrian pretense — think 600 horses and a carriage for two. The glorious tabernacles of the deities of conspicuous consumption line the boulevard and enrich the view of palm-shaded artifacts from the automotive century.

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Eye Candy: San Marino Motor Classichttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-san-marino-motor-classic-2/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-san-marino-motor-classic-2/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:25:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=76845 Read More

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Growing in five years to the point that it occupies most of the carefully manicured Lacy Park in the glamorous San Rafael Hills village from which it takes its name, the San Marino Motor Classic has become a grand automotive affair that has generated $1.25 million for its charities.

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