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.

Touge California heads to Mazda’s museum garage

Some of the competitors in the inaugural Touge California in 2015 | Japanese Nostalgic Car photo
Some of the competitors in the inaugural Touge California in 2015 | Japanese Nostalgic Car photos

The second all-Japanese vintage-car road rally, Touge California, takes place Saturday with 11 of the 28 entries wearing Mazda badges, so it seems only fitting that Mazda North American Operations will serve as title sponsor and co-host with the Japanese Nostalgic Car website.

Touge California was founded last year by Ben Hsu, editor-in-chief of Japanese Nostalgic Car, with rally master Patrick Strong. They’d seen vintage rallies such as Targa Florio or Carrera Panamericana, primarily for European cars, and decided classic Japanese vehicles should have such an event as well. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker

Plum Crazy is a Dodge 'heritage hue'  that's back on some Challengers and Chargers for 2016| Larry Edsall photos
Plum Crazy is a Dodge ‘heritage hue’ that’s back on some Challengers and Chargers for 2016| Larry Edsall photos

We talk quite a bit at our weekly Classic Car News meetings at ClassicCars.com headquarters about “future classics,” cars you can buy and drive today that a decade or so down the road will be considered collectible. I’ve spent the last week driving just such a car, a 2016 Dodge Challenger, but not just your ordinary if slickly styled coupe but one equipped with the 392 Hemi Scat Pack set up and Shaker hood.

But not just any 392 Hemi Scat Pack setup and Shaker hooded Challenger but one of a limited run wearing a “heritage hue,” Plum Crazy. Continue reading

Pair of presidential cars joins national register, will be featured as Cars at the Capital returns to National Mall

President Taft's 1909 White steam car at recreated Shaker Round Barn | HVA photos by
President Taft’s 1909 White steam car at recreated Shaker Round Barn | HVA photos by Casey Maxon

Two more cars are being added to the National Historic Vehicle Register, and they will be on display next month in Washington, D.C., when the Historic Vehicle Association stages its second Cars at the Capital celebration.

Both cars selected for registry honors have presidential ties. They are the 1909 White steam car owned by President William Howard Taft and the 1962 Willys Jeep CJ-6 owned by President Ronald Reagan. Continue reading

Auburn Auction Park schedules monthly Cars & Coffee

Cars & Coffee begins April  9 at Auburn Auction Park | Auctions America photo
Cars & Coffee begins April 9 at Auburn Auction Park | Auctions America photo

Auburn Auction Park is usually the site for Auction America’s big collector car sales — one in late May, the other over the Labor Day weekend. But starting April 9, the huge venue in northeastern Indiana also will be opened to all vehicles for a monthly Cars & Coffee show. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Mercury Monterey

1964 Mercury Monterey has the Marauder's big-block engine
1964 Mercury Monterey has the Marauder’s big-block engine

The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Mercury Monterey four-door sedan with the popular and even show-stopping “Breezeway” electric rear window. But wait, there’s more… much more.

This car comes from a private seller whose advertisement on ClassicCars.com notes that the car is “original, unrestored” and “runs and drives like a new car.” Continue reading

Eye Candy: 32nd Arizona antique and classic motorcycle show

Just some of the dozens of vintage and antique motorcycles at the Arizona show | Larry Edsall photo
Just some of the dozens of vintage and antique motorcycles at the Arizona show | Larry Edsall photo

Bikes representing a long span of time and an impressively large number of manufacturers were displayed on the grounds of the El Zarabah Shrine Auditorium at an event staged by the Arizona Antique & Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts, a dedicated group of around 12 to 15 people who organize the show for bikes built between 1883 and 1980.

The Shriners welcome the enthusiasts and their show and hundreds of riders each year. Like those Shriners microcars you see in parades, motorcycles are part of the Shriners’ culture, with members practicing and performing intricate maneuvers on their Harleys during parades and other public events. Continue reading

New British auction house has its best sale yet

Barn-found 1973 Aston Martin V8 sells for $90,825, nearly double its pre-auction estimated value | CCA photos
Barn-found 1973 Aston Martin V8 sells for $90,825, nearly double its pre-auction estimated value | CCA photos

With an 85 percent sell-through rate, Britain’s Classic Car Auctions had its best sale yet, exceeding $1.41 million last weekend at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. Continue reading

Scottish ‘lochs and glens’ challenge vintage vehicles

American James Gately and his 1937 Cadillac is among the entrants in the 8th Flying Scotsman Rally | ERA photos
American James Gately and his 1937 Cadillac is among the entrants in the 8th Flying Scotsman Rally | ERA photos

The London-to-Brighton rally may be older and more famous, but organizers of the Flying Scotsman Rally noted that theirs is “the UK’s biggest reliability rally for vintage cars.” The event includes 700 miles of travel over the course of three days, and this year has drawn 110 entries from around the world. Continue reading

Mercedes bring top sales at both Bonhams auctions

The 'Stirling Moss' edition 2009 Mercedes SLR McLaren | Bonhams photos
The ‘Stirling Moss’ edition 2009 Mercedes SLR McLaren | Bonhams photos

Bonhams did its annual back-to-back auctions in different European countries last weekend with its sale at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany on Saturday and at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting at the British racing circuit on Sunday. Continue reading

Dayton, Art Center invite Craftsman’s Guild to show exotic models

Some of the models created when future car designers were aspiring students | Larry Edsall photos
Some of the models created when future car designers were aspiring students | Larry Edsall photos

Motorama-era car designers weren’t the only ones who were creating futuristic automotive dream machines. From 1930 through 1968, the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild, a competition for high school and college students, identified many of the stylists who would go on to work in the various automakers’ studios.

Craftsman’s Guild participants created 1/12-scale model cars of their own design. The best were rewarded with scholarship money that, for many, led them to professional careers. Continue reading