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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

A peek inside the world’s largest classic car restoration shop

Cars waiting to be restored in the huge Byrnes Motor Trust Restoration facility | Classicrallypress.co.uk photos
Cars waiting to be restored in the huge Byrnes Motor Trust Restoration facility | Classicrallypress.co.uk photos

They’re calling it the world’s largest classic car restoration business. So where are more than 200 people employed to put vintage Jaguars, Mercedes and other cars back on the road?

“Surprisingly, the answer is not the United States, UK, Australia or anywhere in Europe,” the British newspaper The Telegraph reported last week. “It’s the Philippines, on the former U.S. airbase that is now Clark Freeport zone.” Continue reading

The making (and collection) of the ‘Most Passionate Enthusiast’

Michael Malamut's collection isn't a museum, but he opens it to car and charity groups | Larry Crane photos
Michael Malamut’s collection isn’t a museum, but he opens it to car and charity groups | Larry Crane photos

Michael Malamut was fixing neighbor’s cars while in high school to raise enough money to have one of his own. The local newspaper classifieds seeded that goal. Cheap cars could be fixed or lightly refurbished and sold for a profit.

Volkswagens were good targets because everyone wanted one in the ‘60s and there were few mechanics willing to repair them. Air-cooled Volkswagens led directly to early Porsche 356s and the profit margins improved. Continue reading

Mustang Junior perks up Ponies at the Pike

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Roger Nitti in his 1966 Mustang Junior | Nicole James photos

With over 400 Mustangs covering the hills and pathways of the Pike, a 100-year-old historical district near downtown Long Beach, California, a very unique 1966 Mustang caught spectators’ attention during the annual Ponies at the Pike show hosted by Beach Cities Mustang Club. Continue reading

Come for the cars, but stay for the art

Children draw images of the 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria | Larry Edsall photos
Children sketch the 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria | Larry Edsall photos

Back when I was a daily newspaper sports editor in Michigan, I’d be sure to assign myself to cover a couple of Notre Dame football games each season. No, I wasn’t a fan of the Fighting Irish football team — “no cheering in the press box” is the sportswriter’s creed — but I was a fan of the campus. Continue reading

Jim Collier’s collection is a Chevrolet showcase

A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d'Elegance
A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance

(Editor’s note: When someone mentions the Collier Collection, collector car enthusiasts automatically think of Miles Collier and the Revs Institute/Collier Collection in Naples, Florida. But the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will showcase another Collier Collection, this one founded by a Georgia native son.)

Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos
Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos

‘My first car was given to me by an uncle. It was a ’36 Ford, and that’s the last Ford I’ve ever owned,” said James Collier, who was just turning 16 when his uncle gave him that car. Today, Collier is 79 and six cars from his collection will be featured October 8-9 at the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan. Continue reading