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.

British tracks plan three-event Can-Am vintage racing series

A McLaren M8C is expected to participate in Can-Am revival races | Silverstone photo by   Kevin Wood/LAT Photographic
A McLaren M8C is expected to participate in Can-Am revival races | Silverstone photo by Kevin Wood/LAT Photographic

In August, organizers of the annual Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend announced plans to feature the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am Challenge Cup Series at their 2016 event. Now, four months later comes word that the Silverstone Classic’s pair of Can-Am races will comprise the final round of a three-venue Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge being organized by Masters Historic racing.

The earlier events will be held at two other historic British racing circuits, Brands Hatch and Donington Park Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1939 Chrysler Royal Windsor Towne coupe

1939 Chrysler Royal Windsor Towne coupe has concours credentials
1939 Chrysler Royal Windsor Towne coupe has concours credentials

How often are you going to find a classic car with concours credentials and an asking price of only $21,500?

But that’s the case with this 1939 Chrysler Royal Windsor Towne Coupe, which the private seller in St. Clair, Michigan, notes was invited to the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance a few years ago as part of a “special interest” grouping of cars with art deco design. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

300 mph Top Fuel dragster Joe Amato drove to 1992 NHRA championship | Larry Edsall photos
300 mph Top Fuel dragster Joe Amato drove to 1992 NHRA championship | Larry Edsall photos

Where is the line between bravery and stupidity? Between pushing and pushing too far, let alone too fast? And just how close can you get to the limits of the laws of physics before simply dangerous becomes disastrous?

Those were among the thoughts that came to mind recently as I walked through the various galleries of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. Continue reading

Mercedes Legends club lets members drive variety of classics

Sindenfingen is the first in a series of Legends Clubs planned by Mercedes | Mercedes-Benz photos
Sindenfingen is the first in a series of Legends Clubs planned by Mercedes | Mercedes-Benz photos

So, you want to drive a classic car but don’t want the bother with its care or maintenance, or the cost to purchase it in the first place or even to insure it.

Well, Mercedes-Benz may have what you’re looking for. The German automaker’s Daimler Business Innovation department has launched its first Legends Classic Car Club of Mercedes-Benz — sorry, it’s based at MB HQ in Sindelfingen, Germany — but the plan is to roll out other such classic car-sharing clubs at various international locations. Continue reading

Bonhams lists featured European sports cars for Scottsdale sale

Zagato-bodied  1953 Fiat 8V Elaborata | Bonhams photos
Zagato-bodied 1953 Fiat 8V Elaborata | Bonhams photos

Turbos, Targas and Speedsters. 300 SLs. Italian stallions. Even a “Batmobile.” All of them will be among the German and Italian sports cars offered at Bonhams’ fifth annual Scottsdale auction, scheduled for January 28, 2016, at the Westin-Kierland resort.

While noting that it is still accepting consignments for the one-day sale, Bonhams listed many of the European sports cars already on the docket. Continue reading

Cars created and owned by Gabriel Voisin, Edsel Ford on docket for RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

Gabriel Voisin's own 1927 C14 Lumineuse will be offered for sale at Amelia Island | RM Sotheby's photo by Alexis Gouer
Gabriel Voisin’s own 1927 C14 Lumineuse will be offered for sale at Amelia Island | RM Sotheby’s photo by Alexis Gouer

Cars designed and owned by French automaker Gabriel Voisin and Edsel Ford highlight the early consignments for RM Sotheby’s 18th annual auction at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The one-day sale featuring 100 vehicles is scheduled for March 12, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on the island on Florida’s northeast coast. Continue reading

McQueen, Knievel bikes on Bonhams’ Las Vegas docket

Even Knievel rides this 1976 Harley in the Viva Knievel movie | Bonhams photos
Even Knievel rides this 1976 Harley in the Viva Knievel movie | Bonhams photos

Steve McQueen’s Triumph “desert sled,” the only red Vincent White Shadow, a factory Harley-Davidson oval-track racer and Evel Knievel’s screen bike from Viva Knievel highlight the docket for Bonhams’ annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, scheduled for January 7 at Bally’s Hotel & Cassino. Continue reading

Gooding lands coachbuilt Ferraris, Alfa and Bugatti for Scottsdale

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring valued at $5.75 million to $6.5 million | Gooding photos by Brian Henniker
1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring valued at $5.75 million to $6.5 million | Gooding photos by Brian Henniker

Gooding & Company has announced the consignment of four coachbuilt cars — a pair of Ferraris, an Alfa Romeo and a Bugatti Type 49 — for its January 29-30 auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The cars are a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring, a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale by Pininfarina, a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale by Boano and a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Grand Sport with coachwork by A.P. Compton & Co. Continue reading

Led by surging later-model supercars, 2015 North American classic car auction sales hit $1.45 billion, Hagerty reports

Hagerty graphic charts total sales volume of North American classic car auctions | Hagerty
Hagerty graphic charts total sales volume of North American classic car auctions | Hagerty

Call them whatever you like – “modern collectibles” or the “emerging segment” or even “later-model performance cars” – the supercars built from the 1980s through the Ford GT of the early years of this century certainly had the pedal to the metal in terms of rising values in the classic car marketplace during 2015. Continue reading