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It’s ‘Bike Week’ in Vegas with two major motorcycle auctions

Bikes and bidders aplenty at Mecum's MidAmerica motorcycle sale last year in Las Vegas | Mecum Auctions photos
Bikes and bidders aplenty at Mecum’s MidAmerica motorcycle sale last year in Las Vegas | Mecum Auctions photos

In October, the Hagerty Price Guide added 9,200 vehicles to its valuation tools website. But they were neither classic cars nor collectible pickup trucks. They were motorcycles, built between 1894 and 1996 by 61 different manufacturers.

“Motorcycles are one of the fastest-growing segments in the collectible vehicle market,” McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of the family-owned insurance and valuation company, said in a news release at the time. Continue reading

New Year’s resolutions, intentions and wishes for the classic car community

Barn-found Maserati | Larry Edsall photos
Barn-found Maserati | Larry Edsall photos

For car collectors everywhere, larger garages.

For the automotive archeologists, more barn finds. There doesn’t seem to be anything that excites the hobby quite as much as the discovery of a dust-covered classic behind doors that have been closed for a few decades. Continue reading

They’ve gone, but they are not to be forgotten

George Barris in 2012 at his North Hollywood headquarters before the sale of the iconic Batmobile | Jana DeHart
George Barris in 2012 at his North Hollywood headquarters before the sale of the iconic Batmobile | Jana DeHart photo

Twenty fifteen was a wonderful year for the classic car community, but it also was a time of some sadness as some of our favorite people left us:

Doug Magnon, Riverside International Automotive Museum
Yutaka Katayama, father of the Datsun/Nissan Z car
Ernest Hemmings, founder of Hemmings Motor News
Gerard Ducarouge, F1/Le Mans racing car designer
Philip Young, Endurance Rally Association founder
Marvin Price, collector/enthusiast
Leo Gephart, pioneering classic car dealer and auction founder
Ed Hulse, hot-rodder featured on the cover of first Hot Rod magazine in 1948
Tom Hoover, engineer and “godfather” of Chrysler’s Hemi V8 engine
Bill Huth, owner, Williow Springs International Raceway
Denise McCluggage, racer, journalist, photographer, concours judge
Ray Valero, drag racing pioneer

Dunning with her 1930 Packard at Pebble Beach Concours in 2012 | Hagerty
Margaret Dunning with her 1930 Packard at Pebble Beach | Hagerty

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car owner and driver
Erik Carlsson, Saab rally racer and Stirling Moss’s brother-in-law
Bob McDorman, Chevrolet dealer, Corvette collector and museum owner
Sonny Madrid, founder, Lowrider magazine
John Greenwood, sports car racer
Michael Argetsinger, founder, International Motor Racing Research Center
Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker, NASCAR racer
Ed Almquist, hot rodding pioneer and author
Guy Ligier, Formula One racing team owner
Jack “Doc” Watson, co-creator of the Hurst/Olds and promoter of Woodward Dream Cruise and Flint’s Back to the Bricks

Lord Montagu
Lord Montagu

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, car collector and museum founder
Dick Guldstrand, Corvette racer and modifier
Martin Milner, actor who played Tod on influential Route 66 television series
Bill “Maverick” Golden, drag racer of Little Red Wagon fame
Bruce Wennerstrom, founder, Greenwich concours d’elegance
Byron Fitzpatrick, car designer and design educator
George Barris, the King of Kustomizers
Art Fitzpatrick, illustrator
Bill Burke, Hot Rod magazine and Bonneville racer

Gary Meadows, founder, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association

Marvin Panch, NASCAR racer

Driven: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS and LT

2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT at Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT at Arizona’s Vermillion Cliffs | Larry Edsall photos

I’d sat through a couple of technical briefings on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the all-new version that launches the sixth generation of Chevy’s … of Chevy’s what?

We originally used “pony car” to categorize the Ford Mustang and the cars it inspired, but the other automakers found that term too Ford centric. So, a more generic “sporty cars” label was applied, though lately the tendency has been to group such vehicles under the banner of “modern American muscle cars,” and especially since these relatively compact coupes (and in some cases convertibles) have had increasingly powerful engines bolted in beneath their hoods. Continue reading