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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State Univeristy.

Family ties: Dan Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auctions help folks find their roots

Plymouth built only 214 tractors, but they were the first designed around rubber tires | Larry Edsall photos
Plymouth built only 214 tractors, but they were the first designed around rubber tires. This one, to be sold next month at the Gone Farmin’ auction, is believed to be the only Plymouth with orchard fenders. | Larry Edsall photos

Dan Mecum’s dad and his dad’s dad both were in the car business; his grandfather was perhaps the nation’s largest fleet vehicle dealer and his dad has a growing collector car auction company.

But among Dan’s fondest childhood memories were the times he spent riding a tractor with his maternal grandfather, a farmer. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe

1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe was sheriff's car
1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe was sheriff’s car

The advertisement for this car on ClassicCars.com didn’t share as much information about the 1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe as we’d like to see — one, brief, four-sentence paragraph and only nine photos. Nonetheless, what the ad does include certainly caught my eye, and my tendency toward nostalgia. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic 2016

The display of Joe McMurrey's cars at Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds | Larry Edsall photos
The display of Joe McMurrey’s cars at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds | Larry Edsall photos

One of the benefits of staging a collector car auction at a venue such as the Indiana State Fairgrounds is the plethora of buildings in which to display the available vehicles. With so much room, cars can be properly displayed, especially when a consignor brings a significant collection to sell. Continue reading

Larry likes these, too, at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Auction

With lots of buildings and a couple big tents, there's still not room for every car to be under cover | Larry Edsall photos
Even with multiple buildings and a couple big tents, there’s still not room for every car to be under cover | Larry Edsall photos

Yesterday, I shared my favorite cars available this weekend at Dana Mecum’s 29th Original Spring Auction taking place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But I also noted that I hadn’t gotten out to the tents that housed some of the vehicles. Well, I did that Wednesday morning, and I also discovered two more buildings full of other cars, of which there are some 1,800 on the grounds. Continue reading

Inaugural British GP reunion set for Royal concours

1926 British Grand Prix | photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club
1926 British Grand Prix | photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club

A reunion of cars that raced in the inaugural British Grand Prix will be part of the Royal Concours of Elegance scheduled for September 2-4 at Windsor Castle, where some 1,000 cars are expected to take part in what will be part of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson to help celebrate Indianapolis 500 centennial with special auction

The Stinger has been autographed by nearly 250 Indy 500 veterans | Window World photos
The Stinger has been autographed by nearly 250 Indy 500 veterans | Window World photos

What is likely the most unique souvenir in the history of the Indianapolis 500 — a real Indy racing car autographed by nearly 250 people who have driven in the world’s most famous race — will be auctioned Wednesday evening, May 25, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The car is The Stinger, a contemporary racing car wearing the colors of the Marmon Wasp that carried Ray Harroun to victory in the first Indy 500 in 1911. Though the centennial of that race was held five years ago, the race this year will be the 100th running of the event, which was not held during war years. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic

Seventeen cars and an engine from the Joe McMurrey collection cross the block Friday | Larry Edsall photos
Seventeen cars from the Joe McMurrey collection, including many by Shelby, are scheduled to cross the block Friday | Larry Edsall photos

There are so many collector cars in buildings and beneath tents at the Indiana State Fairgrounds that I only had time Tuesday to look at those in the permanent structures, which meant the stars of the Mecum Auction sale and those that were crossing the block Tuesday and Wednesday. Continue reading

Silver Flag hill climb salutes Alfa Romeo’s racing history

The paddock for the Vernasca Silver Flag hill climb in 2015 | Bonhams photos
The paddock for the Vernasca Silver Flag hill climb in 2015 | Coys photos

Some 200 classic cars from across Europe will gather to celebrate Alfa Romeo’s racing heritage by participating June 17-19 in the 21st Silver Flag hill climb in Vernasca, Italy.

In addition to the hill climb, participants can do a track day June 16 at the Varano de Melegari racing circuit and visit the Dallara race car factory where many Ferrari F1 and F3 cars were constructed.

On the hill
On the hill

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