Category archives: Other Features

No-reserve drifting with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. drifing his 2017 Mustang RTR Spec 2 near Barrett-Jackson tents | Mustang RTR phtotos

Barrett-Jackson recently teamed with “professional fun-haver” Vaughn Gittin Jr. to create “No Reserve Drifting,” a video showcasing the world champion drifter’s abilities as he slides around the 74-acre WestWorld auction site in his 450-horsepower 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec II.

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Gearing up for Arizona Car Week with Nicole

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1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton | Nicole James photos

Every time I see my editor, Larry Edsall, I ask him if he is excited about Arizona Car Week. He likes to play the old-man “been there and done that” card, but really who wouldn’t love all the auctions, the concours, car shows, and the social events that are part of car week. Continue reading

‘Celica for grownups’ is back for Future Classics show

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John Garzas 1977 Toyota Celica GT | John Garza photos

When he was in high school in the mid-1980s, John Garza bought a used 1977 Toyota Celica. By the turn of the century, however, the car had rusted to the point that Garza obtained a replacement. But it would be a decade before Garza got around to that car, which he gave a resto-mod treatment that earned best of show honors last year at ClassicCar.com‘s inaugural Future Classics Car Show.

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Imported from Japan, sold in Virginia: JDM classics  

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1988 Toyota Crown Hearse with JDM body mods | Duncan Imports & Classic Cars photos

What is probably the largest collection in the United States of right-hand-drive Japanese cars is located at Duncan Imports and Classic Cars in Christiansburg, Virginia, where Gary Duncan has more than 300 of what are known as JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 6 – Inaugural Future Classics show a multi-generational delight

1995 Nissan 240SX | Hans Marquez photos

The inaugural Future Classics Car Show, hosted by ClassicCars.com with organizational support from Car Street Journal and NICOclub.com, was staged in January at the start of Arizona Auction Week and attracted more than 100 cars to the upscale High Street shopping district in north Phoenix.

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SEMA Seen: 1965 Ford Mustang

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1965 Ford Mustang | Photos by Hans Marquez

While the motto at SEMA is that this is the year of the truck, I’d say that on another level, this is the year of the 1000-plus-horsepower, wide-body-classic Mustang.

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SEMA Seen: 2009 Nissan 370Z

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2009 Nissan 370Z | Photos by Hans Marquez

Located within the SEMA Show performance pavilion, a 2009 Nissan 370Z sits wrapped in Tiffany blue and matte metallic gray, a stunning color combination for the Momo, Always Evolving, Get Lucky 370Z. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 50/50

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro 50/50 | Photography by Hans Marquez

In 1963, the Specialty Equipment Market Association was founded and in 1967, the first SEMA show was held under the grandstands in Dodgers Stadium. The inaugural show featured around 100 booths and attracted 3,000 attendees.

This year marks the 50th SEMA Show and to celebrate, builder Rob Phillips and his team at PCHRODS created a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 50/50 – half luxury and half performance.
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SEMA Seen: 1963 Impala SS

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1963 Impala SS | Photos by Hans Marquez

Each year, SEMA showcases the best of the best alongside many new products and trends. Often, some of those new products can be seen on classic vehicles at SEMA, but every once in a while you come across a car that isn’t necessarily a vessel for new products and doesn’t aim to fit whatever the trend is for the year. Continue reading

Inside the place where our automotive history is being preserved

Cars undergoing scrutiny include a 1922 Oldsmobile and, yes, an original Dodge minivan | Nick Kurczewski photos
Cars undergoing scrutiny include a 1922 Oldsmobile and, yes, an original Dodge minivan | Nick Kurczewski photos

What does a demolished train station in Manhattan have to do with a 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, or a 1918 Cadillac with battle scars dating back to World War I?

As the tragic loss of New York’s former Penn Station helped cement support for architectural preservation in the U.S., it also serves as stark reminder that, even in the automotive world, time marches on. History, whether it balances upon a foundation or four wheels, needs to be preserved and chronicled before running the risk of being lost forever. Continue reading