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Martins memorial car show to feature tow trucks

Vintage 1950 Dodge tow truck and pickup were displayed at recent Iola Old Car Show | Larry Edsall photos
Vintage 1950 Dodge tow truck and pickup were displayed at recent Iola Old Car Show | Larry Edsall photos

As the Labor Day weekend began last year, John Martins was on his way back from a job when the tow truck he owned and was driving plunged down an embankment and caught fire. As much as 90 percent of his body sustained second and third-degree burns when he was airlifted to a hospital in Rhode Island.

Although doctors figured he would survive no more than 72 hours, Martins stayed alive for 23 days. Continue reading

GAA Classic Cars offers George Shinn collection

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1956 Ford Thunderbird from the George Shinn collection | GAA Classic Cars photos

Cars from the collection of George Shinn are scheduled to cross the block at the GAA Classic Cars auction July 30, in Greensboro, South Carolina. Shinn is known for his former ownership of several professional sports teams, including the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association, two minor league baseball teams and a World League of American Football franchise.

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Mecum heads for Harrisburg for third annual collector car auction

A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into central Pennsylvania for its third annual Harrisburg sale July 21-23 featuring an estimated 1,000 vehicles on the docket.

Mecum sold about $21 million worth of collector cars during its inaugural Harrisburg auction in 2014, and $20.6 million at last year’s sale (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). Continue reading

BMW celebrating centennial at Monterey Car Week

BMW North America at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
BMW 3.0 CSi racer on the track at Laguna Seca where Monterey Motorsports Reunion will be held| BMW North America photo

BMW will stage its largest centennial celebration outside Germany during Monterey Car Week, when it is the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. BMWs also will participate in the Legends of the Autobahn concours on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

St. John’s, Pebble Beach set their seminar schedules

1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo
1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo

The Pebble Beach and Concours d’Elegance of America have announced the lineups for informational seminars to be presented in conjunction with their respective and upcoming events. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider ‘Duetto’

The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable
The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable

Fifty years ago, Alfa Romeo launched its most-famous post-war sports car, the “Duetto” Spider. Not everyone liked the Spider’s new Pininfarina styling initially, but over the years, these strikingly beautiful roadsters have caught on, and they are now considered landmark designs.

The Pick of the Day, a 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto, was originally sold in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Atlanta, Georgia, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Although it is titled as a 1968 model, the year it was sold, the VIN verifies that it is actually a 1967 Alfa. Continue reading

Summer Showcase sale offers 175 vintage tractors

1918 Twin City 16-30 offered in original condition | Mecum Auctions/Gone Farmin' photos
1918 Twin City 16-30 offered in original condition | Mecum Auctions/Gone Farmin’ photos

Some 175 vintage tractors and assorted agricultural memorabilia will be offered up for bidding when the Gone Farmin’ division of Mecum Auctions stages its Summer Showcase sale August 6 at Midwest Tractor and Plow in Shorewood, Illinois, some 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.

Among the tractors on the docket are a 1918 Twin City 16-30, a completely original 1921 John Deere Waterloo Boy N, and a pair of steam-powered Keck-Gonnerman tractors — a 1932 30-60 N and a 1936 ZW.

The featured collection at the sale comes from Wayne Greenwood and includes 30 tractors and 200 lots of John Deere memorabilia. Greenwood’s father, Lowell, worked for the John Deere Plow Works for 27 years until retiring in 1962.

Also on the docket is a group of 10 restored John Deere tractors from the Chuck Adelsman Collection.

Pick of the Day: 1948 Ariel Square Four with Watsonian sidecar

The Ariel Square Four is a coveted classic motorcycle, especially attached to such an attractive vintage sidecar
The Ariel Square Four is a coveted classic motorcycle, especially attached to a vintage sidecar

We’ve posted a few stories recently on ClassicCars.com about the joys and relative affordability of collecting vintage motorcycles. Well, here’s a perfect example, a desirable British bike with a charming, enclosed sidecar offered by a high-end classic car dealer at a reasonable asking price.

The Pick of the Day, a rare 1948 Ariel Square Four with a Watsonian sidecar, would be a striking standout at any classic vehicle show as well as a particularly awesome means for cruising the streets and highways. Continue reading

Modern supercar exotics add luster to Mecum’s Monterey auction

A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions
A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions are not exactly known as the venues for buying modern ultra-exotic European sports cars, but nonetheless its Monterey sale is bristling with very high-tech offerings from many of the greatest names in supercars.

The hyper performers from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche and McLaren made since the dawn of the new millennium boast stunning horsepower as well as eye-popping styling and design, and they should boost the bottom line considerably for the Mecum collector car sale August 18-20 in Monterey. Continue reading

Salone Prive showcases star cars and motorcycles

Mullin museum's 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire headed to British concours | Salone Prive photos
Mullin museum’s 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire headed to British concours | Salone Prive photos

The one-off Alfa Romeo RL Normale Coupe de Ville, a 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire from the Mullin Automotive Museum and more than 20 motorized two-wheelers will be showcased at the 11th Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance at England’s Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace, scheduled for September 1-3. Continue reading