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.

Carlisle Spring fling: Cars, parts and even an auction

An aerial view of the Carlisle Spring classic car gathering in Pennsylvania | Carlisle Events photos
An aerial view of the Carlisle Spring classic car gathering in Pennsylvania | Carlisle Events photos

More than 100,000 people ventured through the gates last weekend for the opening event of the car show/swap meet season in the Northeast, the annual Spring Carlisle, staged by Carlisle Events at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

“America’s Automotive Hometown came to life with an international audience, all focused on one thing: the classic and collector car hobby,” the organizers said in their latest news release. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ has been redesigned for the 2017 model year | Larry Edsall photos
Lincoln MKZ has been redesigned for the 2017 model year | Larry Edsall photos

You’ve just spent $53,405 on a luxurious sedan. You proudly drive it home and park it in your driveway. Except in the case of a 2017 Lincoln MKZ like the one I’ve been driving this week, you back it into the driveway, and back it as closely as possible to your garage door. Continue reading

Rally car star on H&H Classics auction docket

Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos
Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos

The Subaru Impreza WRC97 (chassis No. 001) that helped the automaker win its third consecutive World Rally manufacturers’ championship in 1997, will drive onto the block at H&H Classics Sports & GT cars auction, scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in England.

The sale is being conducted in conjunction with Motor Sport magazine’s Hall of Fame program at the same location. Continue reading

Busted! Taking a ride around Mercedes’ ‘Wall of Death’

Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track
Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track | Daimler photo

We were in Germany for the introduction of a new Mercedes-Benz, or perhaps it was one of the automaker’s press previews of the company’s newest technology. On second thought, I think it was a technology-based event because my recollection is that we had just watched a pre-production 500SL slammed into a solid wall as part of the crash-testing program all vehicles must endure before they can be sold to the public. Continue reading

Oh Deere: Huge collection fills Gone Farmin’ auction docket

Ron Drosselmeyer's collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos
Ron Drosselmeyer’s collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Like so many youngsters who grew up on family farms, Ron Drosselmeyer was sitting up atop a tractor from the time he could keep from falling out of the metal seat. But not everyone who grew up on a family farm is still there, nor have they made a hobby of collecting vintage tractors as Drosselmeyer has. Continue reading

Pre-auction estimates exceeded at Bonhams’ bike sale

Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos
Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos

With a barn-found 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C project bike selling for £163,900, which is more than $210,000 and nearly three times its high pre-sale estimated value, Bonhams motorcycle department enjoyed its Spring Stafford Sale on Sunday with a 90 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £2,132,257 (more than $2.73 million).

The sale was held in conjunction with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Prices reported include buyer’s fees. Continue reading

Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in London

1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos
1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos

The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit. Continue reading

Best British car ever? Experts pick the Mini

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‘There surely can’t be anyone in Britain whose life hasn’t been touched by a Mini’ | Auto Express photos

Britain’s largest weekly automotive magazine, Auto Express, and a panel of automotive experts have selected the Mini as the Best of British, the all-time best car produced on the island nation. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra

Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project
Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project

Crank the way-back machine to 1969 and the “aero wars” taking place in American stock car racing between Chrysler and Ford. Chrysler had its Dodge Charger 500 and Ford responded with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with Boss 429 powerplants. So Chrysler upped the ante with the high-winged, pointed-nose Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. Continue reading

Goodwood to feature Ferraris, game-changing race cars

Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos
Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos

Ferrari’s 70th anniversary and “game-changing” racing cars of all marques will be the featured themes of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for June 29-July 2 at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Continue reading