‘Canadian driving club bans newer cars over safety concerns,” reads the headline on the autofocus.ca website report that the BMW Club Canada’s Trillium chapter in Toronto has banned new cars with modern automated forward braking and lane-departure and correction systems from track events because those systems “pose a danger to drivers at speed.” Continue reading
You may have had friends like Laurie’s parents. To get her to go to sleep when she was an infant, they’d have to put her into her baby safety seat and drive around the block a few times before she’d doze off for the night. Sad to say, you may have had such an experience with your own children.
That situation is so commonplace and apparently so universal that Ford of Spain and its advertising agency have created the Max Motor Dreams, a prototype infant bed that simulates the sounds, lights and even the “comforting movement” of a ride in the car. Continue reading
Hat’s off to Honda for the best April Fool’s Day gag by an automobile manufacturer, 2017 edition.
Each year of late, automakers have attempted, and in some cases have succeeded, to spring April Fool’s Day jokes on the news media. Last weekend, those jokes included: Continue reading
Like so many of you, I was saddened by the news that Edd China is parting ways with the Wheeler Dealers television show, where for 13 seasons he’s educated the world about the proper way to restore nearly 150 vehicles. Continue reading
The auctions at Amelia Island were very interesting to watch, with entry-level cars still seemingly on the rise and with the modern classic market still pretty hot, though showing some signs that it is leveling a little. Continue reading
It’s official! I’m a celebrity! At least when I arrived in Lakeland, Florida, for Carlisle Events’ Winter Autofest, I was asked to be a celebrity judge for the car show portion of the four-day event. Without hesitation, I said yes.
I attended the vintage motorcycle auctions last week in Las Vegas and saw that while some things are a bit softer than last year, in many cases it had more to do with the quality of the offering than with the market itself. Continue reading
The final results from the Scottsdale auctions held during Arizona Car Week are in, and it looks like the total sales numbers are $262.8 million this year compared with $250 million last year. So, it looks like the market is climbing and all is great.
But if you actually attended the auctions, you probably have a different opinion about the pulse of the collector car marketplace. Continue reading
I had an epiphany of sorts during Arizona Car Week 2017. Well, actually two of them:
- You can’t be everywhere at once, so don’t even try.
- The best part of the gathering of the clan of the car, in this case here in the Valley of the Sun, really isn’t the cars, as spectacular as they are, but the people they bring, and in the case of Arizona Car Week, they’re brought to the place where I live. How cool is this: I get to see amazing cars, talk with fascinating people, and sleep each night in my own bed.
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is a collector-car auction like no other, as brassy and oversized as a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, as crowded with passionate fans as a political convention, and as packed with popular attractions as a state fair. There’s no Ferris wheel, but there should be.
From barbecued turkey legs to the most pristine of vintage automobiles, Barrett-Jackson excels in what it does best: attracting the most folks to the collector car hobby. It does so by way of a grand, sprawling spectacle that attracts 200,000 ticket holders each year to the Scottsdale venue as well as what has become a global audience of millions of TV watchers. Continue reading