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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

Lyn St. James follows Howden Ganley in Blackhawk’s speaker series

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Howden in the air at 175 mph during the 1971 Spanish Grand Prix at Monjuich Park Circuit | Photo courtesy of Blackhawk Automotive Museum

Lyn St. James is next up in the Blackhawk Automotive Museum’s Speaker Series, which for 2015 focuses on former race car drivers.

The series began March 7 with Howden Ganley, who raced during the apex of motor racing’s most glamorous and Continue reading

Volunteers are lifeblood of automotive museums

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Volunteers Gardening at the Gilmore | Photo provided by the Gilmore Car Museum

The Owls Head Transportation Museum relies on volunteers to fill a critical need at all of its events, from the airplane hangar and auto workshop to the front lines of greeting and assisting visitors and working behind-the-scenes on a variety of projects. Continue reading

2015 Buffalo Motorama already sold out

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2014 Buffalo Motorama | Photo courtesy of Buffalo Motorama

With registration full and the show less than a week away, the 2015 Buffalo Motorama show figures to be a huge hit featuring a variety of original, modified, race, and full custom vehicles including hot rods, classics, pro street  and unrestored. Continue reading

‘Judicious Use’ is theme for Simeone demonstration

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Demo Days at the Simeone Museum | Photos courtesy of the Simeone Museum

Some cars have become so historically important “that their strenuous use threatens to destroy their originality and integrity,” says the management of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. But even such a philosophy won’t stop the museum from exercising three such cars Saturday at its regular Demonstration Days program. Continue reading

Gilmore launches ‘On the Road to History’ lecture series

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Gilmore Car Museum | Photo by Larry Edsall

The Gilmore Car Museum’s new lecture series, “On the Road to History,” next features a presentation March 22 with historian and author David Lyon, who will discuss, “Driving the American Road: The Likes of Us.” Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz club plans 2015 trips, events

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Mercedes-Benz from previous Legends of Autobahn event | Photos courtesy of MBCA

You don’t have to own a classic Mercedes-Benz to enjoy the trips and tours the Mercedes-Benz Club of America has planned for 2015, but there is something special about touring in a vintage ride. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Spring Nationals

The Goodguys sixth Spring Nationals, presented by Browns Classic Autos, took place last weekend at WestWorld in Scottsdale Arizona, where car enthusiasts enjoyed three days of that famous Arizona heat and over 2,500 pre-1973 classic, muscle, and vintage cars  that came from all over the country—and even a few from Canada. Continue reading

Rat rod culture: Breaking all the rules, traditionally

Rat rod, or are they art rods, rolling down the road | Photos courtesy Aaron Hagar
Rat rod, or is it an art rod, rolling down the road | Photos courtesy Aaron Hagar

Rat Rods are quite possibly the most misunderstood, under-appreciated and under-estimated segment of American car culture.  That’s no surprise; so it goes with most things new and different. Continue reading

60 Years of Thunderbird among Forest Grove Concours featured classes

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Forest Grove Concours Vineyard Tour |Photo from Forest Grove Concours

CCCA Grand Classics, 60 Years of the Ford Thunderbird and Modern Supercars will be featured classes at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance July 19 on the campus of Pacific University. Continue reading