Classic Car News » William Hall https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:26:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 Car condos bring motorsports, collector car culture homehttps://news.classiccars.com/car-condos-bring-motorsports-collector-car-culture-home/ https://news.classiccars.com/car-condos-bring-motorsports-collector-car-culture-home/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:25:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100455 Read More

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Nearly every car collector longs for more garage space to house their precious vehicles. Specialized condo developments now cater to those who want to fully embrace the collector car lifestyle.

New communities are springing up around the country that not only store cars but offer owners inclusion in a fraternity of passionate automotive enthusiasts. Some condos are purpose-built around track activities. Others target parking solutions for urban enthusiasts with a social-club setting.

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Mama Tried – and succeeds – at being a unique motorcycle showhttps://news.classiccars.com/mama-tried-succeeds-unique-motorcycle-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/mama-tried-succeeds-unique-motorcycle-show/#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:30:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98916 Read More

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Unlike the hapless subject of Merle Haggard’s wistful honky-tonk classic from which it derives its name, Milwaukee’s Mama Tried Motorcycle Show has proven to be a standout success among vintage and custom motorcycle shows.

Held each February in a century-old urban industrial warehouse in the shadow of main-sponsor Harley-Davidson, the event celebrates the art of the motorcycle in a hip, fresh exhibition of more than 100 invited builders and collectors from around the country.

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After 104 years, Badger Motor Car Co. back in business… sort ofhttps://news.classiccars.com/104-years-badger-motor-car-co-back-businesssort/ https://news.classiccars.com/104-years-badger-motor-car-co-back-businesssort/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:30:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98160 Read More

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At the turn of the century, hundreds of wannabe industrialists jumped into the burgeoning horseless-carriage industry. One such startup, the Badger Motor Car Company, began production of its 1910 30-horsepower, 4-cylinder, 3-speed-transmission car in the rural Midwestern town of Columbus, Wisconsin.

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10 tricks to make your car stand out at auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/10-tricks-make-car-stand-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/10-tricks-make-car-stand-auction/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:30:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97433 Read More

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With more collector car auction venues and consignments than ever before, how do you make your car stand out from the crowd at auction?  Buyers fall in love with a particular car because of its condition, uniqueness and story. There are a number of easy ways to communicate those factors, which can add excitement to your sale.

Take a look at these presentation ideas that will make buyers take a longer look at your car.

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Inaugural Polar-Rama puts hot rods on ice in Wisconsinhttps://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-polar-rama-puts-hot-rods-ice-wisconsin/ https://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-polar-rama-puts-hot-rods-ice-wisconsin/#comments Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:30:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96817 Read More

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With their post-season playoff football hopes dashed, classic car buffs in Menasha, Wisconsin had nothing better planned for a lazy Sunday afternoon than hold a car show –  in 20-degree weather with snow flurries.

Organized by the same folks who put on The Shakedown, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest traditional hot rod and customs shows, the Polar-Rama Winter Hot Rod and Motorcycle Festival invited all makes, models and variations of classic cars —as well as motorcycles and custom bicycles— to brave the winter weather and celebrate their shared passion.

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Bumps, bruises and teamwork deliver The Drive Home IIhttps://news.classiccars.com/bumps-bruises-teamwork-deliver-drive-home-ii/ https://news.classiccars.com/bumps-bruises-teamwork-deliver-drive-home-ii/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:35:36 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94577 Read More

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The Drive Home II, the second-annual promotional winter road trip cooked up by LeMay-America’s Car Museum and The North American International Auto Show, rolled into Detroit’s Cobo Hall Saturday evening after a 2,100-mile journey fraught with challenges.

Three classic cars – a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang – began the trip from Boston on December 28. Trailered behind the support vehicle was a fourth car, a 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5, formerly the property of J.D. Rockefeller.

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Bill’s best buys for the coming yearhttps://news.classiccars.com/bills-blue-chip-forecasts-coming-year/ https://news.classiccars.com/bills-blue-chip-forecasts-coming-year/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:30:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94126 Read More

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The collector car market is a lot like the real estate market: it’s always seeking growth in that next new, hot neighborhood. And just like real estate, new areas appreciate while others plateau or depreciate.

With collector cars, there are a number of intangibles that go into predicting The Next Big Thing. It’s a complicated algorithm that considers rarity of remaining examples, affordability relative to comparable models, design, performance, desirability and everyday usability.

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The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run begins snowy trek in Bostonhttps://news.classiccars.com/drive-home-ii-heritage-run-begins-snowy-trek-boston/ https://news.classiccars.com/drive-home-ii-heritage-run-begins-snowy-trek-boston/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:35:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=93655 Read More

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LeMay-America’s Car Museum, in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,  put three vintage cars on the harsh winter roads of New England today to start a 2,100 mile, classic car road rally to the Motor City.

“The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run” fleet consists of a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad and a 1966 Ford Mustang coupe. The bright-red classics were chosen for their representation of Detroit’s Big Three manufacturers, and the moving tribute to America’s automotive heritage is meant to remind us of the personality, ingenuity and dependability of Detroit Iron. Wannabe automakers Google and Apple should take note.

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2016 top stories: 7 – Automobilia soars at Mecum Road Art auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/2016-top-stories-7-automobilia-soars-mecum-road-art-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/2016-top-stories-7-automobilia-soars-mecum-road-art-auction/#comments Sun, 25 Dec 2016 09:30:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=93424 Read More

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During 2016, the collector car hobby reached new heights and widths in excess. Premium collector cars raised the ceiling on world-record sales prices, while such complimentary interests as classic motorcycles, automobilia, petroliana, automotive art, garage accessories and car condos filled out the hobbyist lifestyle experience.

Barrett-Jackson, Mecum and other auction houses have raised the profile of vintage automobilia with inclusion at their classic car sales, making the case that no garage or car collection is complete without accompanying regalia.

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2016 top stories: 9 – LeMay Museum’s The Drive Homehttps://news.classiccars.com/2016-top-stories-9-drive-home-road-trip/ https://news.classiccars.com/2016-top-stories-9-drive-home-road-trip/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:35:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=93484 Read More

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When the LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, announced last December that it would be driving three classic American cars – a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1966 Mustang 289 Coupe, and a 1957 Chevy Nomad – 3,000 miles through winter weather to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, public reaction was fairly predictable.

Critics decried the perceived abuse of such fine vintage vehicles, and dismissed The Drive Home as a publicity stunt. Guilty: as a non-profit that relies on donations from private and corporate sponsors, this museum and others like it are always looking for ways to generate attention, goodwill and operating endowments to stay alive.

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After 100 years, J.D. Rockefeller’s 1917 Crane-Simplex takes a ‘Drive Home’https://news.classiccars.com/100-years-rockefellers-1917-crane-simplex-takes-drive-home/ https://news.classiccars.com/100-years-rockefellers-1917-crane-simplex-takes-drive-home/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:35:01 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=93053 Read More

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The 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5 formerly owned by John D. Rockefeller Sr. returns after nearly a century to its city of birth as part of the LeMay-America’s Car Museum and the North American International Auto Show’s “The Drive Home: The Heritage Run.”

One of America’s earliest luxury automakers, the Simplex Automobile Company was founded in New York City in 1907. In 1915, it was absorbed by the Crane Motor Car Company.

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Shell develops new premium fuel for the engines of old carshttps://news.classiccars.com/shell-develops-new-premium-fuel-engines-old-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/shell-develops-new-premium-fuel-engines-old-cars/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:30:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=93008 Read More

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Modern gasolines have become a recurring headache for classic car owners. Low octane and unleaded fuel have presented challenges for years, but federally-mandated 10 percent ethanol content has caused new problems with compatibility in vintage fuel-system components.

Recently, Shell Oil Company invited me down to STCH (Shell Technology Center Houston) in Texas to demonstrate what they’re doing to address the needs of the classic car owner with their Shell V-Power Nitro+ premium gasoline.

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Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by stormhttps://news.classiccars.com/muscle-cars-corvettes-take-chicago-storm-photo-gallery/ https://news.classiccars.com/muscle-cars-corvettes-take-chicago-storm-photo-gallery/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:30:56 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91457 Read More

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‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside.

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Driven: 2017 Honda Ridgeline and the long, slow goodbyehttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-honda-ridgeline-long-slow-goodbye/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-honda-ridgeline-long-slow-goodbye/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:00:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91522 Read More

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Classic Car News editor Larry Edsall and I both favor small pickup trucks as our daily drivers, though it is a segment that has nearly disappeared from current production. My 1999 Ranger is still running strong with 200,000 miles on its 2.5 Pinto-derived (I prefer to call it a “Formula Ford”) engine, its five-speed manual transmission (still with its original clutch, thankyouverymuch) and its full, seven-foot bed.

I have asked much of the old girl over the years, and she has rarely let me down. Alas, it’s Milwaukee-made Tower Automotive frame has started to succumb to terminal rust, and so we have begun the long, slow goodbye.

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Milwaukee Concours moves up its traditional date for 2017https://news.classiccars.com/milwaukee-concours-moves-traditional-date-2017/ https://news.classiccars.com/milwaukee-concours-moves-traditional-date-2017/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:30:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91346 Read More

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The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, known under former leadership as the Milwaukee Masterpiece, is moving the date of the annual event so as not to compete with other national and regional classic car shows. The move brings the event to the first weekend in August, starting August 5-6, 2017.

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Royal Enfield marketing vintage-inspired bikes for the masseshttps://news.classiccars.com/royal-enfield-marketing-vintage-inspired-bikes-masses/ https://news.classiccars.com/royal-enfield-marketing-vintage-inspired-bikes-masses/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:25:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=90702 Read More

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Royal Enfield, the world’s oldest continuously operating motorcycle brand, is settling into its new North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after a  grand opening September 10.

Located in a former leather-goods factory on the high street in the city’s trendy warehouse district, the classic British brand hopes to sell tradition from the hometown of that other traditional motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson.

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Single collection of automobilia stars in Mecum Road Art auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/single-collection-automobilia-stars-mecum-road-art-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/single-collection-automobilia-stars-mecum-road-art-auction/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:19:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=88825 Read More

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By the time this weekend is over, Mecum Auction’s The Road Art Collection could set a world record for the most-valuable single collection of advertising, automobilia and petroliana to ever go to auction. Or so hopes Dana Mecum, who is offering this collection of 1,200-plus pieces in a live, no-reserve auction held today through Saturday at his newly-constructed Mecum Auctions Gallery in Walworth, Wisconsin.

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Commentary: Emotion rules market trends at Mecum Chicagohttps://news.classiccars.com/commentary-emotion-rules-market-trends-mecum-chicago/ https://news.classiccars.com/commentary-emotion-rules-market-trends-mecum-chicago/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:30:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=88211 Read More

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While there are many industry databases crunching numbers on sales figures, none can accurately track the human emotion that steers the direction of the collector car market. We came away from the Mecum Auction in Chicago on October 6 to 8 with a few new observations regarding the intangible elements of the human psyche that forecasts market trends.

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Chrysler 300 International Fall Meet: report, photo galleryhttps://news.classiccars.com/chrysler-300-international-fall-meet-report-photo-gallery/ https://news.classiccars.com/chrysler-300-international-fall-meet-report-photo-gallery/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:25:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=87734 Read More

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It took 60 years to get back, but there on Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America four-mile race track, was a Chrysler 300 Letter Car, just as it had run during the 1956 NASCAR Grand National race under the championship-winning team of privateer Carl Kiekhaefer’s Mercury Marine.

Not only was the 1956 300B at the track but so were a nearly complete set of Chrysler’s famous 1955-1965 “Letter Cars,” widely considered to be one among the first factory-built muscle cars.

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What Bill likes best at the Mecum Chicago Auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/bill-likes-best-mecum-chicago-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/bill-likes-best-mecum-chicago-auction/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:25:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=87843 Read More

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The fun of a Mecum Auction is that there is something for everyone. Classics, trucks, rods, sports cars, exotics, they all cross the block about once a month wherever the next Mecum auction is held. In this case, it’s the annual Mecum Chicago Auction at the Schaumberg Renaissance Convention Center, ending today after a three-day sale.

For a collector car fan, it’s like a great, big candy store. So in choosing my favorites from the massive Mecum catalog, I placed some parameters on my choices.

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Gallery: Volvo Club of America’s National Meet at Elkhart Lakehttps://news.classiccars.com/photos-volvo-club-americas-national-meet-elkhart-lake/ https://news.classiccars.com/photos-volvo-club-americas-national-meet-elkhart-lake/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:25:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86640 Read More

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‘Swedish Speed and Style” came to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on September 15-18 for the Volvo Club of America’s National Meet, held in conjunction with the 31st annual Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at the Road America race track.

Competition cars swelled the ranks of the event, which along with perfect weather made for one of the largest turnouts in the Vintage Festival’s recent history.

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Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival: Report and photo galleryhttps://news.classiccars.com/elkhart-lake-vintage-festival-report-photo-gallery/ https://news.classiccars.com/elkhart-lake-vintage-festival-report-photo-gallery/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86311 Read More

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Amateur auto racing is an activity whose lifeblood is discretionary income, and as such it’s often a barometer of a healthy economy. If the huge field in attendance at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America Vintage Festival last weekend was any indicator, enthusiasm for classic cars is at an all-time high, and things are looking pretty good.

Now in its 31st year, the Vintage Sports Car Driver’s Association Vintage Festival takes advantage of mild late-season weather over the backdrop of this quaint resort town to present a true connoisseur’s event.

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Driven: Charging the Hill in a 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina.https://news.classiccars.com/driven-charging-hill-1973-alfa-romeo-berlina/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-charging-hill-1973-alfa-romeo-berlina/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:30:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85820 Read More

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To the unfamiliar, the state of Wisconsin is shaped like the palm of your right hand. Look at the tip of your thumb. That’s Door County, our destination for the Ephraim Hillclimb and Concours held each September. And this month we’re seeing the hill from behind the wheel of a mid-‘70s European sporting sedan.

Taking inspiration from our own

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Ephrain Hillclimb in Wisconsin will race to the top for second yearhttps://news.classiccars.com/ephrain-hillclimb-wisconsin-will-race-top-second-year/ https://news.classiccars.com/ephrain-hillclimb-wisconsin-will-race-top-second-year/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:30:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84326 Read More

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As classic car events become more numerous, many strive for that elusive quality of “authenticity” that separates them from the pack. The famous Goodwood Revival vintage race in England plays upon the British people’s sense of history and frolic, requiring participants to wear period attire to access the paddock, creating a seamless panorama of the automotive past.

Here in the New World, we former colonists have been reticent about playing dress-up and eschewing modern conveniences. So how does the Ephraim Hillclimb and Concours, which will be held Saturday in the village of Ephraim, Wisconsin, succeed where others fail in capturing the full essence of a vintage motoring event?

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Eye Candy: Milwaukee Concours d’Elegancehttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-milwaukee-concours-delegance/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-milwaukee-concours-delegance/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:30:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84279 Read More

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They had the yachts, they had the waterfront, and they certainly had the beautiful cars. They even had the fog. Pebble Beach? Nope. The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance…one week later and 2,276 miles apart.

The event, now in its 11th year, is under new leadership and has a new name. Formerly known as the Milwaukee Masterpiece, the re-brand reveals the event’s aspirations to become the premier concours d’elegance in the Midwest.

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