Category archives: News

In praise of one of the unsung heroes of our hobby

Pebble's Sanda Button reads off John Clinard's accomplishments
Pebble’s Sanda Button reads off John Clinard’s accomplishments | David Gooley photos

One of the things about unsung heroes is that they are accustomed to working quietly, diligent and even dogged, and well behind the scenes, where they might go almost unnoticed. But while they personally might be unheralded, the things they do are not.

Fortunately, from time to time, someone does notice such heroes and offers them praise that they find almost embarrassing. Continue reading

Finest auctions working toward Boca Raton, Danbury sales

Bradley Farrell preparing for the Finest's first auction in its Connecticut facility | The Finest photos
Bradley Farrell preparing for the Finest’s first auction in its Connecticut facility | The Finest photos

Bradley Farrell may be the owner and chief executive, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t handle seemingly mundane tasks as his year-old collector car auction company prepares for its upcoming sales.

One of those sales will take place this spring in The Finest Automobile Auctions’ 48,000-square-foot headquarters and showroom in Danbury, Connecticut, where the CEO sweeps the floors when he’s not negotiating for an auction consignment or working on yet another way to revolutionize the collector car auction process. Continue reading

Alcatraz East Crime Museum opens with notorious cars

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John Dillinger’s 1933 Essex Terraplane | Alcatraz East Museum photos

Disguised as a 19th century prison inspired by the historic Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz East resides near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Within the two-story museum’s 24,000-square-feet of space are more than 100 interactive exhibits covering the history of American crime, and the consequences of crime. among other things.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback

The Boss 302 is said to be the only with this combination of colors and equipment
The Boss 302 is said to be the only one with this combination of colors and equipment

Muscle-car dreams come back to life every year during Arizona Car Week, now with seven collector car auctions taking place. This is when you swear this could be the year that you spring for that piece of high-performance magic that has been haunting you for as long as you can remember.

The Pick of the Day is one of those cars that many enthusiasts see in their minds’ eyes: an all-out 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback coupe. The Boss hit the spot back in their day, offering something new and exciting — track-like performance in a daily driver, and with a look meant to thrill and inspire. Continue reading

Arizona auctions again awash in Porsches as values hold

A restored 1967 Porsche 911S is among Barrett-Jackson's collection of Porsches | Barrett-Jackson
A restored 1967 Porsche 911S is among Barrett-Jackson’s collection  | Barrett-Jackson

Just when you thought the Porsche passion had crested, a new wave of 911s, 356s, race cars and exotics from the German sports car brand washes into the Scottsdale/Phoenix area for the seven auctions of Arizona Car Week. The prophesized burst of the bubble has not occurred, although values have flattened somewhat.

The classic 911 experienced the greatest run-up in prices during the past four years, with many former entry-level models reaching toward six figures, and more-desirable cars going well beyond. The upcoming Arizona auctions are again awash in 911s, with the total number just slightly less than last year’s selection. Continue reading

Rocker, racer among stars offering charity cars at Barrett-Jackson

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1970 Chevrolet Chevelle created by Dale Earndheart Jr. | Barrett-Jackson photos

In 1967, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett organized a Scottsdale car show to benefit local charities. By 1972, the car show had transformed into a classic car auction and has continued to support charities over the years, including the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund, established in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.

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ClassicCars.com to present award at 2017 Arizona Concours

ClassicCars.com Award winner
1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille won previous Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concours

For the third year, ClassicCars.com has selected five exceptional cars from among the entries for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance as candidates for an award to be decided by the website’s social-media audience.

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Bumps, bruises and teamwork deliver The Drive Home II

Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos
Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos

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. Continue reading

Live, from Scottsdale, it’s Barrett-Jackson: Auction celebrating 20th anniversary of live television

1970 Plymouth Superbird  is among the cars on the docket for Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos
1970 Plymouth Superbird is among the cars on the docket for Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos

Hard to believe that 20 years ago, about the only automotive-oriented programming on television was MotorWeek, produced by Maryland Public Television and seen on many PBS stations. Continue reading

Lancia Spider America headlines Worldwide’s Scottsdale docket

Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America expected to sell for more than $1 million | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America expected to sell for more than $1.2 million | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

A 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, one of only 181 built with left-hand drive, will be the featured vehicle at Worldwide Auctioneers’ inaugural Scottsdale Auction, the Indiana-based auction house has announced. Continue reading