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.

Bookshelf: Winning on the track, and in business

A Champion's Path. Cover
Book cover

Automakers love to talk about technology transfer from the race track to the roadway. And with good reason. What better way to validate the latest in hard- or software than by putting it to the test in the hot, high-pressure and ultra-competitive environment of the race to the checkered flag?

But technology isn’t the only thing that can transfer from raceway to roadway. Continue reading

Street rodders select Memphis award winners

We recently shared photos of the “Pro’s Picks” at the National Street Rod Association’s Street Rod Nationals South in Chilhowee Park & Expo Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Here are some additional award winners from that event, which was staged in the NSRA’s hometown:

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Mustang most popular search, ClassicCars.com data reveals

Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic
Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic

There are several ways to check the pulse of the collector car marketplace. There are auction results, buyer’s guides, and expert analysis. But another is to see what cars people are searching for the most on ClassicCars.com. With more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, classic car dealers and auction houses, the website is the world’s largest collector car marketplace.

For the 2016 calendar year, the Ford Mustang was the most searched-for car. It also led in state-by-state statistics as the most searched-for collector vehicle in 13 of the 50 states. Continue reading

Mecum goes international with vintage tractors in Canada

1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos
1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division is adding a sale to its 2017 calendar, offering more than 300 vintage tractors July 14-15 at its first international on-site event, selling the George Nesbitt Allis-Chalmers Collection in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada.

In its news release, Mecum said Nesbitt’s is “one of the world’s most comprehensive vintage Allis-Chalmers tractor collections” and includes “nearly ever model Allis-Chalmers has ever produced from the early teens up through the 1980s.” Continue reading

Bonhams to host Surtees foundation auction

Drivers and cars at 2016 fund-raiser | Henry Surtees Foundation photos by Jakob every
Drivers and cars at 2016 fund-raiser | Henry Surtees Foundation photos by Jakob every

In 2009, 18-year-old Henry Surtees died from injuries sustained in a crash in a Formula 2 race at the Brands Hatch circuit in England. In the aftermath, Surtees’ father, the only person to win world motorcycle and Formula 1 racing championships, established the Henry Surtees Foundation.

The foundation’s goal is “to assist people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living by the provision of support for equipment and facilities.” Continue reading

Automotive milestones, ’40 Fords, and roads for Hot Wheels

Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo
Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo

You may not recognize the automobile in the photograph, but that’s likely because only about 20 of them were produced, and it happened a century ago, and most likely they all remained in Japan. The 1917 Model A, largely based on the Fiat Tipo 3 though using all Japanese-produced parts, including a four-cylinder engine, was the first motorcar by the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Dodge Durango R/T

Hemi-powered 2017 Dodge Durango R/T has stealthy, street-fighter look in its monotone color | Larry Edsall photo
Hemi-powered 2017 Dodge Durango R/T has stealthy, street-fighter look in its monotone color | Larry Edsall photo

The look of the 2017 Dodge Durango R/T is stealthily sinister, especially in monotone Granite Metallic exterior paint and riding on matching wheels — 20-inch machine-cast aluminum wheels done in a low-gloss Granite Crystal finish.

Not only do the wheels match the body color, but they have an open 10-spoke design that showcases the nearly 14-inch diameter vented disc brakes up front, with only slightly smaller 13s in the rear. Continue reading

Eclectic sells well for Auctions America at Auburn Spring

The docket was varied for the annual Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos
The docket was varied for the annual Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos

With a top-10 sales list packed with Ferrari race cars from the Level 5 stable, World War II-era military vehicles, a Cunningham hearse and such standards as a pre-war Packard, a Shelby Mustang and Porsche GT3, Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale featured an eclectic and well-received docket.

Overall, 83 percent of the lots went to new owners last weekend with total sales of $10.2 million, one of the highest figures in the auction’s history. Continue reading

Porsches set pace at Silverstone’s May Sale

1993 Leichtbau breaks barrier at auction | Silverstone Auctions photos
1993 Leichtbau breaks barrier at auction | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions seems quite happy that a 1993 Porsche 911 S Turbo Leichtbau broke the half-million-pound plateau at its May Sale late last week at England’s Silverstone racing circuit. The car was a special-edition Porsche that sold for £556,875 ($717,598).

Overall, the auction, which featured 75 cars crossing the block, generated £3.6 million (nearly $4.64 million) with a 72 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

2017 collector appreciation day set for July 14

U.S. Senate approved!
U.S. Senate approved!

July 14 has been declared Collector Car Appreciation Day for 2017, the Specialty Equipment Market Association has announced. Since 2010, a day in July has been selected and supported by a U.S. Senate resolution to recognize that the “collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technical achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” Continue reading