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Classically charming: 7th annual San Marino Motor Classic

1937 Delage D8-120 Chapron 3-poistion cabriolet on display at San Marino Classic | Photos by Larry and Tessa Crane
1937 Delage D8-120 Chapron 3-poistion cabriolet on display at San Marino Classic | Photos by Larry and Tessa Crane

Founding chairman Aaron Weiss has led the thoughtful growth of, official title — the San Marino Motor Classic and Southern California Region Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic — to its current celebrated success in spacious, and shaded, Lacy Park.

Weiss proudly shares the accolades with his dedicated, detail-focused volunteer team that has helped the 7-year-old event contribute $1.25 million to be shared by Pasadena Humane Society, the San Marino Rotary Foundation, and the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band that fills the forest-skirted park during the car event with a broad range of artfully romantic tunes from the last century. Continue reading

GM’s hometown car show spreads across Michigan

One-owner '79 MG Midget, Flint-built '62 Buick Special convertible and '95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos
One-owner ’79 MG Midget, Flint-built ’62 Buick Special convertible and ’95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos

Though not as well known nationally as the Woodward Dream Cruise, in a dozen years, Back to the Bricks has become a five-day automotive celebration and cruise-in staged on the brick-lined downtown streets of Flint, the city north of Detroit where Billy Durant started General Motors and the city where the original batch of America’s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvettes, were assembled.

For the eighth year, Back to the Bricks has become more than just a Flint event. This month, more than 200 cars have cruised into seven Michigan cities on the Brick’s Heritage Promo Tour. Continue reading

Van’s sale will deliver ‘bread’ to children’s hospitals

Chevrolet bread van crosses the block today at Mecum's auction in Oregon | Mecum Auctions photos
Chevrolet van crosses the block today at Mecum’s Portland auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Technically, Lot S181 up for bidding today at Mecum Auctions’ sale in Portland, Oregon, is a highly customized 1950 Chevrolet bread delivery van powered by 383 cubic-inch “stroker” engine linked to a 700R4 automatic transmission.

But the “bread” this truck will deliver isn’t the kind that comes out of an oven. Instead, proceeds from the van’s sale will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast Auction ready to roll

The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is said to have gone just 10 miles since a full restoration | Barrett-Jackson photos
The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is said to have gone just 10 miles since a full restoration | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson returns to Uncasville, Connecticut, next week for another collector car auction at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino on July 21-24. The second Northeast Auction has spawned a weeklong series of events that starts Saturday with the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, for which Barrett-Jackson is the title sponsor.

Following Saturday’s concours, also held at the Mohegan Sun, there will be the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance Summer Tour that will take participants on a drive around the scenic countryside. Continue reading

Elegance at Hershey lives up to its name

Cars on the lawn at the Hotel Hershey for The Elegance at Hershey concours -- and more | Andy Reid photos
Cars on the lawn at the Hotel Hershey for The Elegance at Hershey concours — and more | Andy Reid photos

The Elegance at Hershey is one of those events that collectors and spectators just love to attend. Part of this has to do with the incredible venue.

Held at the Hotel Hershey courtyard in eastern Pennsylvnia, the Elegance at Hershey provides a feeling of old world elegance. It is difficult to think of a better backdrop for viewing and enjoying classic automobiles.

This year not only were the cars better than before, but so were the seminars and the Grand Ascent hillclimb that opens the weekend. Continue reading

Bonhams adds auction at Italian classic car show

Automakers among those showing their classic cars at Italy's Auto e Moto d'Epoch | 2016 AMdE photos
Automakers among those showing their classic cars at Italy’s Auto e Moto d’Epoch | 2016 AMdE photos

Bonhams Motoring Department is expanding its auction calendar for 2017 with a new event scheduled for October 28 in conjunction with the Auto e Moto d’Epoca, which Bonhams says is the most widely attended classic car show in Italy. Continue reading

Countach clone draws a high price at British auction

Classic Countach? Nope, it's a clone built in 2005 | CCA photos
Classic Countach? Nope, it’s a clone built in 2005 | CCA photos

Ah, the enduring lure of the Lamborghini Countach… even when it’s not a real one.

Classic Car Auctions, which specializes in “everyman classics,” staged a sale recently at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa in the UK and the car that “stole the show” according to the auction house was a Countach replica. Continue reading

’67 VW camper going from storage to Goodwood auction

1967 VW camper said to be worth as much as $115,200 | Windrush photos
1967 VW camper said to be worth as much as $115,200 | Windrush photos

A 1967 Volkswagen T1 camper van said to be worth as much as £90,000 ($115,200) has left its long-term storage facility and will be offered up for bidding at Bonhams Collector’s Motor Car auction this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Continue reading