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.

Eye Candy: Bellissima! at the Frist and the Lane museums

B.A.T. cars greet visitors as they arrive in the main gallery of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts | Larry Edsall photos
B.A.T. cars greet visitors as they arrive in the main gallery of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts | Larry Edsall photos

Not only are their respective displays impressive, but so is the cooperative effort between two Nashville museums.

“Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975” is the title of the exhibit of several 10s of millions of dollars-worth of automotive overachievement on display through October 9 at The First Center for the Visual Arts, the big downtown art museum in the Music City. Continue reading

The Finest adds another auction venue: Boca Raton Concours

Scene at the 10th annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance | concours photos
Scene at the 10th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance | concours photos

The Finest Automobile Auctions announced Thursday that it has added a third sales venue to its schedule and will stage a collector car auction in conjunction with the 11th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance next February 11 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club north of Miami, Florida. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Roush Automotive Collection

NASCAR racers are only part of the museum's trove of production, prototype and road and drag racing cars | Larry Edsall photos
NASCAR racers are only part of the museum’s trove of production, prototype and road and drag racing cars | Larry Edsall photos

A couple of weeks ago, SEMA, the automotive aftermarket trade association, held one of its “town hall” meetings in a facility known internally as Roush Building No. 12. That’s Roush as in Roush Enterprises, Roush Performance, Roush Engineering, Roush Industries, Roush Racing and who knows what else is included in the business empire headed by Jack Roush that’s now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Continue reading

‘1,000 Horsepower’ is theme for Auctionata’s September sale

1957 Ferrari Ellena is star car for '1,000 Horsepower' sale | Auctionata photos
1957 Ferrari Ellena is star car for ‘1,000 Horsepower’ sale | Auctionata photos

‘1,000 Horsepower” is the title of Auctionata’s next collector car sale, schedule for September 10. The sale will be the first held in neighboring Austria by the Berlin-based auction company. Continue reading

Pioneering woman racer’s trophies headed to auction

Joan Newton Cuneo on the track | MBA Auctions / Cuneo family archives photos
Joan Newton Cuneo on the track | MBA Auctions / Cuneo family archives photos

‘Before there was a Danica Patrick. Before there was a Lyn St. James or a Janet Guthrie. Before there was a Denise McCluggage or a Louise Smith. Before all of them, there was Joan Newton Cuneo, whose success racing cars in the early days of the American automobile made her a national celebrity.”

I wrote those words in 2013 as part of a review of Elsa A. Nystrom’s book Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo. Nystrom, a college professor, had started research on a book about why Americans love to race cars when she stumbled across Cuneo, who became a national sensation, racing against and beating many of the best men racers in the country, in the early days of American motorsports. Continue reading

‘On the Road’ auction: French collector’s American cars

1948 Chrysler New Yorker among the American cars collected by the late Andre Weber | Artcurial Motorcars photos
1948 Chrysler New Yorker among the American cars collected by the late Andre Weber | Artcurial Motorcars photos

Andre Weber was a scrap medal dealer who also had a gas station on land in what was a rural area on France’s national road 14 a few dozen miles from Paris. As Paris grew, so did Weber’s businesses, which added more filling stations as well as Lancia, Autobianchi and Honda dealerships.

But Weber’s passion was for American cars of a bygone era, and over a period of some 50 years he bought and repaired and maintained and drove them, and now they are being offered at auction from his estate. Continue reading

Owls Head museum site for 39th New England auction

Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos
Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos

Monterey isn’t the only place to be in mid-August. There’s the Woodward Dream Cruise in the middle of the country and at the far end of the nation from California, the 39th annual New England Auto Auction takes place at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the coast of Maine.

The museum will host an auction vehicle preview August 15-19 with the cars and automobilia up for bidding on the 19th and 20th. This is the inaugural year for automobilia at the sale. Continue reading

Hagerty hosts future designers at ‘test garage’ debut

Recently retired GM Design chief Ed Wilburn talks about automotive careers | Hagerty photo
Recently retired GM Design chief Ed Wilburn talks about automotive careers | Hagerty photo

Hagerty launched its latest effort to assure a future generation of car enthusiasts when it debuted the “Hagerty Test Garage” program late last month in conjunction with the Buick Club of America’s 50th anniversary car show.

Youths from 12 through 18 were invited to the Historic Vehicle Association’s new national laboratory for a classroom-style session led by Ed Welburn, recently retired vice president of GM Design. Continue reading

Hilton Head celebrates centennial of Anderson, the South Carolina car

The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos
The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos

Since 1994, BMW has been building a variety of vehicles in South Carolina, where Volvo and Mercedes-Benz plan to open assembly plants in the next two or three years. But many don’t realize that the state’s automotive history spans a full century.

That figures to change this fall when the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance celebrates the Anderson Motor Company, which produced cars in Rocky Hill, South Carolina, from 1916 through 1925. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 Cadillac DeVille

1961 Cadillac was creatively photographed for its sale
1961 Cadillac was creatively photographed for its sale

Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve started playing golf again after nearly 20 years away from the links, or maybe it’s the creative photography done by this car’s owner, but this 1961 Cadillac DeVille is just the sort of vehicle that would turn heads as you rolled up to the entrance of the local country club to deposit your clubs with a caddy.

Oops, sorry for the pun. Continue reading