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.

Ex-Mayweather supercar on the docket at Mecum Monterey

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos

So the sports world is abuzz about the upcoming fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed-martial arts specialist Colin McGregor. The fight is scheduled to take place August 26.

It will be interesting to see if there’s nearly so much excitement on the Monterey Peninsula, where an extremely rare supercar formerly owned by Mayweather, a collector of high-speed exotic vehicles, will be offered for bidding at Mecum Auction’s “Daytime” sale. Continue reading

Ford, Dodge centennials spice Carlisle Truck Nationals

Spectators take a ride in the Virginia Giant monster truck | Carlisle Events photos
Spectators take a ride in the Virginia Giant monster truck | Carlisle Events photos

Nearly 1,700 vehicles turned out for the annual Carlisle Truck Nationals staged by Carlisle Events and its fairgrounds facility in Pennsylvania.

The turnout was nearly a record for an event launched in 1991. This year the features included the 100th anniversaries of Ford trucks and of Dodge/Ram trucks. Continue reading

Automotive fine artists preview Pebble Beach gallery

Juan Fangio painting by Charles Maher | Illustrations courtesy AFAS and the artists
Juan Fangio painting by Charles Maher | Illustrations courtesy AFAS and the artists

Original works of automotive art will be unveiled during Monterey Car Week when the Automotive Fine Arts Society stages its annual exhibit in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

Museums: Hershey School ‘limbo’ wagon slated for restoration

One of the Hershey School's 'limbo wagons' is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo
One of the Hershey School’s ‘limbo wagons’ is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo

It was in 1959, during the 50th anniversary of the school and home for orphaned boys founded by Milton S. and Catherine Hershey, that the decision was made to provide a more home-style environment. Part of that change included purchasing a fleet of station wagons.

To replace the more formal school buses that had been used for student travel between housing units and the school, the school purchased a fleet of 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne wagons. Those wagons went to Stageway, a coachbuilder in Cincinnati, for conversion to hold a driver and as many as 13 students at a time. Continue reading

2005 Ford GT top seller at Greensboro auction

Successful bidder receives congratulations | GAA photos
What generation gap? Successful bidder receives congratulations | GAA photos

A 2005 Ford GT sold for $257,500 to top all cars that crossed the block at GAA Classic Cars’ recent auction in Greensboro, North Carolina, where 72 percent of the 560 vehicles offered went to new owners. Continue reading

Silver sells Arizona auctions to classic car dealer Emmett Rice

Mitch Silver (left) sells more than classic cars; Silver Auctions Arizona purchased by Emmett Rice | Larry Edsall photo
Mitch Silver (left) sells more than classic cars; Silver Auctions Arizona has been purchased by Emmett Rice | Larry Edsall photo

Over the course of the past 20 years, Mitch Silver’s trio of annual collector car auctions on the Fort McDowell reservation in Arizona have provided both vintage vehicles for sale and a respite from the sales extravaganzas taking place not far to the west in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Those auctions will continue, but with new ownership. Continue reading

Classic cars provide family fun at Hagerty’s first fest

Everyone smiles when it's family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos
Everyone smiles when it’s family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos

This might be the ultimate endorsement for the classic car hobby: Entire families — children and parents and grandparents alike — putting down their smart phones to participate in the joy of driving.

“We had children as young as 2 in pedal cars, and 60 and 70-year-olds in gas-powered cycle cars,” Tabetha Hammer, senior manager for car culture for Hagerty, said after the classic car insurance and value-tracking company staged its first Family Car Fest. Continue reading

‘Cars That Made America’ opens History channel’s Car Week

Actor portrays John DeLorean introducing the Pontiac GTO | History / Magilla Entertainment photos
Actor portrays John DeLorean introducing the Pontiac GTO | History / Magilla Entertainment photos

The second full week of August will be more than just Monterey Car Week and the Woodward Dream Cruise this year. The History channel plans the first of what it hopes to be an annual “Car Week,” launching August 13.

The three-night, six-hour event launches with The Cars That Made America, a program hosted by stock car racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., who also was the executive producer. Continue reading

Family values memories made in a pair of Iso Grifos

Darren Frank's Iso Grifo is red; his father's was green | Frank family archives
Darren Frank’s Iso Grifo is red; his father’s was green | Frank family archives

Darren Frank was 7 years old when his father took him and his brother, Jamie, on their annual excursion to the New York Auto Show, where they were captivated by the site of a silver Iso Grifo. So captivated, it turned out, that four months later, while on a business trip to Italy, Darren’s dad went to Bresso, met Piero Rivolta, who had just taken charge of the company after his father’s death, and ordered a new Grifo.

“I was seven years old. Dad had this very, very cool car,” Frank recalls before sharing heartwarming tales of how he and his father bonded on rides and car washings. Continue reading

2CV owners show their cars (2,000 of them) in Portugal

It must be fun when a couple thousand C2Vs and their owners invade a village | Citroen photos
It must be fun when a couple thousand C2Vs and their owners invade a village | Citroen photos

The 22nd biannual 2CV World Meeting of Amicale Citroen Internationale (International Citroen Friends) took place recently in the Portuguese seaside resort of Ericeira.

The event, launched in 1975 in Finland, takes place every other year. The seventh such event also was held in the Portuguese location on the Atlantic coast, about 20 miles from Lisbon. Continue reading