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.

At 68, he’s selling a collection to fund a new search

Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos
Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos

Clive Pearson of Leicester, England, has spent the past 30 years putting together a collection of 30 unrestored Ariel Arrows motorcycles and Ariel parts. Now 68, he is offering it all up at the H&H Classics auction February 22 at Donington Park so he can continue another quest.

No, Pearson isn’t retiring from his passion for collecting. He’s simply selling his collection of Ariels to fund his effort to locate and restore a Kettenkrad, a German tracked motorbike. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Honda N600

Air-cooled motorcycle engine propels Honda N600 to speeds of 75 mph
Air-cooled motorcycle engine propels Honda N600 to speeds of 75 mph

After spending a couple of days recently at the vintage motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas, I figured it only would be fitting to use a bike as the Pick of the Day on my next turn. So I searched ClassicCars.com for “motorcycle” and up popped this 1972 Honda N600, which has four wheels not two.

But the engine comes from Honda’s longer history with motorcycles. It’s an air-cooled two-cylinder single overhead-cam unit linked to a four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

1,000 vintage motorcycles is a sight to behold

From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left...
From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left…
... and to the right | Larry Edsall photos
… and to the right | Larry Edsall photos

You may recall the scenes in the Nicholas Cage National Treasure movies when the bedraggled group somehow has survived a succession of life-and-limb threatening ordeals and finally beholds the acres of treasure arrayed below. Continue reading

Vintage racers will reunite on Drive Toward a Cure road rally

Dick Cupp raced his Porsche roadster in vintage events at Monterey | Drive Toward the Cure photos
Dick Cupp raced his Porsche roadster in vintage events at Monterey | Drive Toward the Cure photos

Dick Cupp says it didn’t take a hard sell to convince his fellow vintage racing veterans Steve Schmidt and Max Jamiesson to join him in filing entries for the inaugural Drive Toward a Cure, a lifestyle/road rally event scheduled for April 28-30 in California.

Funds raised through the event will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation and The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center. Continue reading

Stunning sell-through rate boosts Mecum’s Vegas vintage motorcycle auction to $13.7 million

Sports-style arena was site of Mecum's sale of nearly 1,000 vintage motorcycles | Larry Edsall photos
Sports-style arena was site of Mecum’s sale of nearly 1,000 vintage motorcycles | Larry Edsall photos

With $13.7 million in sales and a stunning 92 percent sell-through rate, Mecum’s 26th annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction was the most successful ever. The auction house noted that the sales total was a 53 percent increase compared wth the same event a year ago. Continue reading

Shoes for driving, and fine dining, from Piloti

Piloti Competizione shoes are designed for the race track | Piloti photos
Piloti Competizione shoes are designed for the race track | Piloti photos

So you love the red, white and black Piloti Competizione shoes you wear when you drive your vintage sports car on the track, but they really aren’t appropriate in the office, let alone the evening when you’re dining in a fancy restaurant.

But driving-shoemaker Piloti — Piloti is Italian for “drivers” — now has a solution, a new line of Italian-made luxury footwear that, managing director Michelle Massicotte said, can go “from the car to the office to the opera or to the cafe.” Continue reading

Leake offers 50-car ‘Leaded Gas’ collection at no reserve in OKC

Pontiac built one-off pickup for division's president | Leake Auctions photos
Pontiac built one-off pickup for division’s president | Leake Auctions photos

Fifty cars from the Leaded Gas Classics and the Jim McLane collection will be offered at Leake Auction Company’s February 24-26 Oklahoma City sale at no reserve, the auction house has announced. McLane owns the Leaded Gas Classics dealership and car collection based in Alabaster, Alabama.

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Driven: 2017 Kia Soul!

2017 Kia Soul! has turbocharged engine | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Kia Soul! has turbocharged engine | Larry Edsall photos

I think Kia puts the exclamation point in the wrong place. The name of this car should be 2017 Kia Soul Turbo!

I’ve always liked the Kia Soul, and the spunky little box on wheels has gotten better and better, not only with each new generation, but with each model- year update. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Nash Ambassador Super

Nash Ambassador was featured on 1950s TV show, 'Superman'
Nash Ambassador was featured on 1950s TV show, ‘Superman’

‘Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!”

But if you looked at the ground during the days of the 1950s black-and-white television series, you likely saw a car much like our Pick of the Day, a 1953 Nash Ambassador, except the TV version was being driven by Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen and sometimes even by Clark Kent (aka Superman) himself. Continue reading

Final figures: Arizona auctions post $262.8 million in sales, second-best year so far

Cars and people compete for space at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photo
Cars and people compete for space at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photo

(Editor’s note: Up to now, results being reported from the Arizona Car Week auctions have been preliminary figures, based on Hagerty reporters at each of the seven sales venues. But the auction houses themselves have done their post-sales accounting and provide the following official results:)

Final accounting by the seven auction houses with sales during Arizona Car Week shows total sales of $262.8 million. Sales were up more than $12 million compared with 2016, and the 2017 sales total was the second-best sales week in Arizona auction history, exceeded only in 2015. Continue reading