Category archives: Commentary

Denise McCluggage: Racing all the way to the finish line

Denise McCluggage (in gray) at the need for speed panel | Larry Edsall photo
Denise McCluggage (in gray) at the need for speed panel | Larry Edsall photo

Only once in the more than 25 years that we were colleagues and friends did I ever see Denise McCluggage come even close to blushing. It was in January, four years ago, when I was covering the “Women Who Have the Need for Speed” panel discussion taking place in conjunction with Barrett-Jackson’s classic car auction at Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading

Getting caught in the traffic of the generational shift

So I thought I had a great idea for how to spend my Saturday in a meaningful way. My plan was to start the day at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the cars participating in the 25th annual Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally would be staged for the start of their four-day anniversary drive.

From there, I would drive some 65 miles to the southwest, to the Gila Bend Municipal Airport, which had been rented for the day to stage the first Race Wars, a tribute to the Race Wars scene of the original The Fast and The Furious movie but scheduled to coincide with the most recent Furious7 film release.

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I learned a lot at the Charlotte AutoFair

Don't laugh at lawnmower racing until you've tried it | Charlotte AutoFair photo of our guy Andy Reid in action
Don’t laugh at lawnmower racing until you’ve tried it | Charlotte AutoFair photo of our guy Andy Reid in action

I went to Charlotte last week to attend my first Charlotte AutoFair. So what did I see, do and learn at this event? Well in a nutshell, I looked at thousands of cars for sale, scores of parts, drag raced a Ford Mustang, drove a racing lawnmower, ate some awesome county fair food, petted animals in the petting zoo, spent time with Bobby Allison and Ray Evernham, got a tour of the NASCAR No. 24 Hendrick Racing shop with Jeff Gordon’s step father, John Bickford, attended a full blown AACA show, got a tour of his Evernham’s car collection, and made a lot of new car friends, including Ray and John.

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Day 2 at Charlotte: Dodges, Americarna, DeLoreans and a chat with Bobby Allison

My new pal Lugnut poses on the Speedway banking | Andy Reid photos
My new pal Lugnut poses on the Speedway banking | Andy Reid photos

One of the most difficult things about the Charlotte AutoFair is that there is just so much to see and do. As a result, I decided that we needed to break it up and to do different things on different days. So Friday I tried to focus on looking at the many cars on display. Continue reading