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.

Car community rallying to fight Parkinson’s disease

Classics and exotics are welcome to join the Drive Toward A Cure tour | Drive Toward A Cure photos
Classics and exotics are welcome to join the Drive Toward A Cure tour | Drive Toward A Cure photos

Drive Toward a Cure is the name of a non-profit rally alternative aiming to combine cars and camaraderie for weekend driving events while raising money to fight Parkinson’s disease. The first events are scheduled for the April 28-30, 2017, weekend in California, and drives in Europe and the southeastern U.S. already are in the works. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Phil’s 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III

Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos
Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos

My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.

I remember his first Mark III being a pale yellow with black interior and vinyl roof. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, which would have been 1970-71. Continue reading

Bonneville, Petersen, Mullin, RK Motors, Amelia take awards

When we visited the Bonneville Salt Flats  2014, surface wasn't strong enough to  support speed record runs  | Larry Edsall photo
When we visited the Bonneville Salt Flats 2014, surface wasn’t strong enough to support speed record runs | Larry Edsall photo

Each year, a major British car magazine gets a private banking firm to underwrite a judging panel to select winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards, which honor the best of the best in the industry that most of us simply consider to be the collector car hobby.

Not only did Americans do exceptionally well in the 2016 award distribution, but, in an unprecedented move, the judging panel presented the lifetime achievement award not to a person but to a place — the Bonneville Salt Flats. Continue reading

Former curator returns as AACA Museum executive director

Jeff Bliemeister takes the wheel as executive director of the AACA Museum | AACA Museum photos
Jeff Bliemeister drives backl as executive director of the AACA Museum | AACA Museum photos

Jeffrey E. Bliemeister is returning to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum as executive director of the institution in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Bliemeister was the museum’s curator from early in 2003 through November 2011.

Bliemeister, which starts his new position December 12, succeeds Mark Lizewskie, who left in August. Lizewskie became general manager of D.L. George Coachworks, a restoration facility. Continue reading

Marketplace declines for fourth month in row, says Hagerty

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Hagerty graph

The monthly Hagerty Market Racing dropped for the fourth consecutive month in November, though the 0.02 slip was very small. Nonetheless, the classic car insurer and value-tracker reported in its news release that the drop “continues the gradual slowdown we have seen since May 2015.”

The preliminary mid-November rating is 66.89, subject to adjustment when national economic figures are released at the end of the month. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible

1963 Pontiac Bonneville was driven from Georgia to Colorado last year
1963 Pontiac Bonneville was driven from Georgia to Colorado last year

Full-size Pontiacs were redesigned for the 1963 model year with a pair of vertically stacked headlamps at either end of the grille and parentheses-style tail lamps at the back. With the overall styling getting more squared lines, the overall look was longer and lower.

Pick of the Day is a 1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, being sold by its private owner, who notes the car has traveled only 82,056 miles since new, including being driven last year from Atlanta, Georgia, to Edwards, Colorado, “with no issues.” Continue reading

Lots to choose at 2,000 Wheels auction

Auction docket includes this replica of a 1942 Alfa Romeo 412 Spider Vignale | RM Sotheby's photo
Auction docket includes this replica of a 1942 Alfa Romeo 412 Spider Vignale | RM Sotheby’s photo

2,000 Wheels has the sound of a Mecum Auctions mega event. All at no reserve sounds more like Barrett-Jackson. But , which is Italian for 2,000 Wheels, is an auction scheduled for November 25-27 by RM Sotheby’s, which says this sale will be the largest of a single private collection in European history. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ron’s 1940 Ford Deluxe woodie wagon

Family seems to approve of the revisions | Ron Ayers photos
Family seems to approve of the revisions | Ron Ayers photos

All of the factory 1940 woodie wagons were four doors, but Jody Sauls of Cowboy Customs in Clinton, South Carolina, decided to make this one a two-door Ford.

I watched him while he was building it. I was in his shop one day and a pallet of lumber straight from the saw mill was setting on the floor. One month later, I went in and the body was built and in paint. Well, I said in paint. When Jody built the car, there was some differences in the color of the wood and Jody decided to stain the wood almost black and he painted the rest of the car black. Continue reading

Commentary: Detroit needs a world-class car museum

Automotive Hall of Fame's tribute to Soichiro Honda | Larry Edsall photos
Automotive Hall of Fame’s tribute to Soichiro Honda | Larry Edsall photos

In Japan and in Germany and Italy, automakers have stunning museums that celebrate and share their histories and heritage, displaying not only vehicles but other corporate artifacts. In the United States, not so much. Continue reading

It’s a $341,700 homecoming for famed British bike

Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos
Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos

One of Britain’s “Holy Grail” motorcycles has returned home sold for
£275,000 ($341,700) at H&H Classic auction this week at Donington. The 1938 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide was built by Ted Hampshire and at one time was owned by Alan de Cadenet.

The bike, one of only 78 produced between 1936 and 1939, was discovered recently in a “job-lot” collection in Japan. Only 50 of the Series-A Rapides are known to still exist, H&H Classics reported. Continue reading