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: A book to enjoy low and slow

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The book cover

Just like the subject matter featured in this oversized, coffee-table book, you’ll want to go bajito y suavecito (low and slow) as you absorb the words and images presented in !Orale! Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico, recently published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

The book is eye-opening on several levels. There’s the obvious one: The amazing photography of amazing cars and their owners, and of what many would consider the shade-tree mechanics — cottonwoods in the case of northern New Mexico — who transform aging Detroit iron into brilliantly painted works of kinetic art that not only move forward and back but up and down, and sometimes dramatically so. Continue reading

Panel beaters: Topics for talking in Arizona and Detroit

I'll be a panelist at Coker Tire's presentation at Russo and Steele
I’ll be a panelist at Coker Tire’s presentation at Russo and Steele

As Arizona Auction Week approaches… Transition alert:

I’m old-fashioned and probably will always think of it as Arizona Auction Week, but Bob Golfen is right, with the Arizona Concours d’Elegance in its fourth year and the Future Classics Car Show in its second season and with a new weekend of car-oriented educational activities for pre- and brand-new drivers, it’s time to start calling it Arizona Car Week (which my colleague Bob has been doing for some time)… OK, I got that off my chest, so back to the original topic: Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab

2016 Tacoma with TRD Off-Road package during recent media event in Phoenix | Mark Elias Media Services photo
2016 Tacoma with TRD Off-Road package during recent media event in Phoenix | Mark Elias Media Services photo

We were so eager for our time with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we being one of my sons-in-law, one of my grandsons and me.

My son-in-law had owned a Toyota pickup when he was an undergrad at Arizona State University, and his truck carried him back and forth each school year from Seattle to Tempe. An MBA, nice career in finance and a family later, he’s been thinking it’s about time to swap his aging Corolla for something new, maybe another truck. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Maserati Mistral

1967 Maserati Mistral on display at the 2016 Cobble Beach concours
1967 Maserati Mistral on display at the 2016 Cobble Beach concours

Between 1963 and 1970, Maserati produced the Frua-designed, Maggiora-bodied Mistral — a few more than 800 coupes and 125 Spyders. Pick of the Day, a 1967 Mistral, is one of only 189 coupes carrying the optional 4.0-liter version of the road-going version of Maserati’s straight-6 Grand Prix racing engine. Continue reading

They’re gone, but they are not forgotten

A few of the cars in the Hostetler Hudson Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana | Larry Edsall photos
A few of the cars in the Hostetler Hudson Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana | Larry Edsall photos

As we begin a new year, we also remember those in the classic car community to left us in 2016 (presented in chronological order):

Tyler Alexander, Team McLaren racing pioneer
Robert Carini, co-founder of Model A Restorers Club (Wayne Carini’s father)
Maria Teresa de Filippis, first woman to race in Formula One
Eldon Hostetler, Hudson owner and museum founder
Brian Bedford, actor who starred in movie Grand Prix (but who never learned to drive)
Gordon Apker, car collector
Robert Lee, twice winner of best of show at Pebble Beach
Jim Travers, of Travers and Coon racing engines
Stanley Mann, British Bentley collector and racer
David Mihalko, owner, Restoration Specialties & Supplies
Ralph Eckler, restoration parts supplier
Louis Senter, hot-rodding pioneer and one of the founders of SEMA
Mark Smith, Rubicon Trail pioneer and co-founder of Jeep Jamboree

Krause provided land for annual and massive Iola Car Show
Krause provided land for annual and massive Iola Car Show

Chester L. Krause, founder, Krause Publications and Old Cars Weekly
Carl Haas, Lola importer and racing team owner
Art Chrisman, drag racing pioneer
Cliff Vaughs, Easy Rider custom motorcycles builder
Jan Wilsgaard, designer of the Volvo Amazon and other cars
John Cooper, long-time motorsports executive
Betty Jean France, NASCAR pioneer and philanthropist
Ann Bothwell, 3-decade caretaker of late husband’s vintage racing car collection
Brock Yates, author/editor and Cannonball rally founder
Tony Adamowicz, former racer and vintage racing ambassador
Hiroyuki Hasegawa, co-founder of HKS suspension components and systems
Rick D’Louhy, finder of Forgotten Fiberglass sports cars

2016 in Larry’s rearview mirror

Pit stop at the Tire Rack for a new set | Larry Edsall photos
Pit stop at the Tire Rack for a new set of Michelins | Larry Edsall photos

I’m a reporter and writer by trade, but when it comes time to look back at 2016, it’s my camera that provides the road map. And when people ask me how I’ve put nearly 100,00 miles on a three-year-old pickup truck, I suppose I should just suggest they read the following: Continue reading

2016 top stories: 1 – Demographic shift churns the marketplace

Gray is great and bald may be beautiful, but a new generation of bidders is turning out for collector car auctions | Larry Edsall photo
Gray is great and bald may be beautiful, but new generations of bidders are turning out for collector car auctions | Larry Edsall photo

‘Among other notable trends, the company continued to welcome increasing participation from a younger generation of collectors (under 50 years of age), as well as experience dramatic online growth. Approximately 20 percent of bidders at RM events this year participated online, representing a 12 percent increase on the previous year, proving that you longer need to be physically present in the sale room.”

— RM Sotheby’s in its 2016 year-end news release

And it wasn’t just RM Sotheby’s that witnessed a demographic shift at its auctions in 2016. New and younger bidders were participating in seemingly every collector car auction in 2016. At some sales, half of those bidding were Gen-Xers (basically those aged 35 to 50), and even Millennials (aged 18 to 34) are showing up with numbers hanging from lanyards. Continue reading

10 cars you should buy right now, says Hagerty

1968 Dodge Charger rated fun to drive and a good investment to boot | Hagerty photos
1968 Dodge Charger rated fun to drive and a good investment to boot | Hagerty photos

So, you’re getting that nice year-end bonus check, or maybe you’ve been saving for years and finally are ready to pull the trigger and buy that collector vehicle. But which one? Well, the folks from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation-tracking company, has offered its annual list of what to by the new year. Continue reading

Pre-war cars supercharge Bonhams’ Scottsdale docket

Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos
Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos

Owners have consigned two famed and supercharged pre-war cars to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale auction. A 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi and a Zagato-bodied 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 gran sport spider have been added to the docket for the sale scheduled for January 19 at the Westin Kierland resort. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 4 – Records set at Monterey auctions

Le Mans-winning D-type Jaguar sets record for highest auction price paid for a British car | Larry Edsall photos
Le Mans-winning D-type Jaguar sets record for highest auction price paid for a British car | Larry Edsall photos

Most of the headlines back in August pointed out that the combined sales total of the various auctions held on California’s Monterey Peninsula were down this year, and not just for 2016 but for the second year in a row! The sky is falling, some Chicken Littles fretted.

But what those headlines and those fretting chickens overlooked was the fact that all-time public-auction records were set within just a few days for American, British, French and pre-war vehicles: Continue reading