All posts by Larry Edsall

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.

Kids will meet classics at NextGen Autofest

Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo
Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo

‘There is a popular belief that young people don’t like cars anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of his family-owned collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company.

“We see a different story,” he continued. “While attitudes and preferences do change with each generation, we see a very large and growing population of young people who are interested and want to get involved with automotive activities. Because of this, we are excited to partner with the Arizona Concours’ NextGen Autofest to foster the magic connection between people and cars.“ Continue reading

Rev up your gift giving with $20K Lamborghini audio speakers

Lamboghini-inspired audio speakers are too heavy to stuff in a stocking | H.R. Owen photos
Lamboghini-inspired audio speakers are too heavy to stuff in a stocking | H.R. Owen photos

Weighing in at nearly 120 pounds, it’s not what you might consider a last-minute stocking stuffer, but certainly there’s someone on your naughty-or-nice list who’d appreciate a Lamborghini-inspired, $20,000 audio speaker system as a holiday gift. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

2017 Kia Cadenza marks second generation of the luxury sedan | Kia photos
2017 Kia Cadenza marks second generation of the luxury sedan | Kia photos

The name an automaker gives to a new vehicle can project an image for the vehicle — or of the person who would buy such a vehicle. Case in point: The Kia Cadenza.

Note that its Cadenza, not credenza, which is a piece of furniture you might have found in your grandmother’s dining room. A cadenza is a piece of music designed to be played by the virtuoso soloist. My dictionary even uses the phrases “exceptionally brilliant” and “technically brilliant” in its definition. Continue reading

1935 Aston Martin Ulster is star car for Bonhams at Paris auction

Aston Martin Ulster finished 10th at Le Mans in 1935 | Bonhams photos
Aston Martin Ulster finished 10th at Le Mans in 1935 | Bonhams photos

While the docket ranges from a 1900 Benz Ideal 4.5 HP to several modern Bentleys, the “star car” for Bonhams’ Grande Marques du Monde collector car auction February 9 during the Retromobile celebration in Paris is a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Austin Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans spec

1955 Austin Healey 100M has the Le Mans spec package
1955 Austin Healey 100M has the Le Mans spec package

When Austin Healey launched the second generation (BN2) of its 100 model in 1955, it added a 100M version. The original Austin Healey 100 earned its number designation from the fact it could achieve a speed of 100 miles per hour.

But with the introduction of the BN2, a higher-performance 100M version was introduced. The 100M came with larger SU carburetors, cold-air intake, high-lift cam and higher-compression pistons. It also had stiffer front suspension, louvered hood (with a leather strap to keep it closed at high speeds), and two-tone paint. Continue reading

Beaulieu greeting cards let you see and hear classic cars

350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos
350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, or maybe you’re just anticipating the car person in your life’s next birthday. Regardless, you probably need to know about the new “sound cards” produced by Beaulieu, Britain’s National Motor Museum, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a company called Really Wild Cards.

Twenty-one vehicles from the Beaulieu museum’s collection were chosen for the greeting cards. The cover of the car shows a photograph of the car. The surprise comes when you open the card and hear the actual sound of the car’s engine. Continue reading

NYC window displays visions of the automotive future

Best guesses about what we'll be driving aren't always right | HVA photos
Best guesses about what we’ll be driving don’t always prove correct | HVA photos

If you happen to be in New York City doing your holiday shopping, be sure to hustle over to 432 Park Avenue to see a very special window display.

Curated by Michael Shanks, a professor from Stanford University’s Center for Design Research, and presented in conjunction with the Historic Vehicle Association, the display takes a look at three visions of the automotive future as it has been perceived from the very dawn of the automobile age. Continue reading

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, 58 cars from Orin Smith collection join RM Sotheby’s docket for Amelia Island sale

Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The consignment of a 58-car private collection has led RM Sotheby’s to expand its 19th annual Amelia Island auction to two days, March 10 and 11, 2017, instead of its customary one-day sale, the auction house announced Tuesday.

The company also said that in addition to the 58 cars from the collection of the late Orin Smith, the Florida sale will include a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a car RM Sotheby’s says is “one of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend.” Continue reading

Pebble Beach accepting entries for 2017 concours d’elegance

Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos
Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos

Have a car you think would qualify to be showcased next summer at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? You only have until January 9 to get your application into the selection committee.

After applications are received, cars are vetted and a selection committee includes 15 people meets to “share research and compare and contrast possible groupings,” the concours said in a news release, which noted that, “Sometimes cars must be viewed in person” as part of that vetting process. Any conflicting information also must be resolved. Continue reading