All posts by Nicole James

Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

Dream of a lifetime fulfilled: A visit to Jay Leno’s garage

The garage has both a new Shelby GT350 Mustang and a classic version | Nicole James photos
The garage has both vintage and new Shelby GT350 Mustangs | Nicole James photos

For as long as I can remember, I have said, “I want a car collection like Jay Leno’s.” This response typically came after listing dozens of cars I’d declared as my all-time, must-have favorites that really, one could only dream of owning.

Well, unless you were Jay Leno. Continue reading

Museums hold car shows near you

Cobra at the Museums recent Shelby gathering | Blackhawk Museum photos
Cobra at the Museums recent Shelby gathering | Blackhawk Museum photos

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum’s next Cars and Coffee cruise-in is May 20. America on Wheels stages its VW Fest on May 20, with a show open to all Volkswagens, whether air- or water-cooled.  The annual Corvette Homecoming and Chevrolet International car show at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is June 1-3.

Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Ford Thunderbird

Pick of the Day
Pick of the Day, 1960 Ford Thunderbird

The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked. I’ve recently taken notice of them and can’t get over the funky futuristic styling, most notably the taillights.

Continue reading

Rewind: It’s Cheap and Ugly, the 1968 Subaru 360


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

In 1968, Subaru of America was formed and with it came the little Subaru 360. Of course, because it was “cheap and ugly,” the “little Subaru” was featured in a series of ads highlighting its features — 66 miles per gallon, port of entry cost of $1,297, easy to fix and maintain, and the little Subaru can go everywhere a big car can and places it can’t.

Continue reading

Exploring Route 66 with my Dad

Dads Cadillac CTS by Route 66 Motel | Nicole James photos
Dads Cadillac CTS by Route 66 Motel | Nicole James photos

Many Americans in search of a better life have looked toward Los Angeles, where dreams could be achieved and stars were born. Route 66 was the primary road for those heading to the promise of Southern California and its lifestyle. The road served as a pathway of hope for much of the 20th century. Continue reading

Vintage Indy cars carry classic stories

Car No. 75 leads other vintage racers down the straight at PIR | Nicole James photos
Car No. 75 leads other vintage racers down the straight at PIR | Nicole James photos

Generally, “what goes around comes around” is considered a cliche, or even a joke when the subject is oval-track racing. But for former Indy 500 racer Dennis Firestone, that phrase became reality when he was re-united with a car he used to drive.

Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2015 Lamborghini Huracan

15433772_1195317843857464_95852320194978778_n
2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 2 Super Trofeo factory race car

Since I began writing predominantly about classic cars, I’ve lost some of my interest in newer models. Each year, the advancements in technology are cool, but I’ve become more interested in the stories behind each vintage car that add to its provenance.

Continue reading

Rewind: 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

The Plymouth Roadrunner was adorned with logos and badges featuring the Roadrunner cartoon character, and in 1969 Plymouth aired a commercial depicting the iconic character and Wiley Coyote endless efforts to catch the bird.

Continue reading

The Mitty celebrates 40 years of vintage racing

Vintage racers race around Road Atlanta in the 40th Mitty Challenge | Patrick Tremblay photos
Vintage racers hurry around Road Atlanta in the 40th Mitty | Patrick Tremblay photos

The final day of the 40th running of the Classic Motorsports Mitty, sanctioned by HSR, was met with inclement weather, but the spirit of those racing at Road Atlanta was not dampened. The three-day racing event last month featured many races won by mere tenths of a second and by drivers showed mutual respect and clean racing with green flags throughout most sessions. Continue reading

Laguna Seca poster features first winning car

unnamed(158) (1)
Poster recalls the first race at Laguna Seca track | Image courtesy Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary by honoring the track’s inaugural race victory. The track’s first race was held  November 10, 1957, and was won by Pete Lovely in his Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa. That event will be featured in the 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion poster, by art by Bill Patterson.

Continue reading