Category archives: Features

Here’s how to get the new year off to a great start

Don Prieto's Deuxus combines '32 Ford with Lexus V8 powertrain | Larry Crane photos
Don Prieto’s Deuxus combines ’32 Ford with Lexus V8 powertrain | Larry Crane photos

Brilliant sunshine. air cool enough to show off your favorite club jacket. and old friends with new stories brought us all together for the 32nd time on January 1 of this new year. It’s not as though you haven’t been driving your favorite ride around Southern California every weekend since January 1, 2016, it’s just a perfect morning to reflect on another year of building — or rebuilding — out of parts we’re glad someone cared enough to save; then visiting a few shops of the guys who have mastered the art.

However, this is not a “driving” event, it is a destination event planned by Larry Wood, responsible for every Hot Wheels car since the sixth one. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1965 Shelby GT350

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1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered without a reserve during the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this 1965 Shelby GT350 is presented without any missing or altered components and retains all of the rare Shelby unique parts from 1965.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Nova

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1969 Chevrolet Nova

From Rose to Champagne, various gold tones have become a popular choice for our phones, our jewelry, and our cars’ paint. Gold’s popularity as an automotive paint color has fluctuated over the years, though the recent rise is due, in part, to being a “natural” color and relatively neutral. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1969 Dodge Charger 500

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1969 Dodge Charger 500

Editor’s note: This is the 29th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered during the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1969 Dodge Charger 500 has had a comprehensive restoration, a proven Mr. Norm’s Grand-Spaulding Dodge pedigree, and retains its original matching-numbers HEMI driveline.

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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

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1970 Plymouth Superbird

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1970 Plymouth Superbird | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 28th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered from the Charlie Thomas Collection during the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1970 Plymouth Superbird is powered by an original V-code 440 cubic-inch Six Pack V8 rated at 390 horsepower.

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Driven: 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport

1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos

The 1950 Town & Country Newport coupe was the swan song for Chrysler’s wonderful wood-sided luxury cars. As some of the most expensive models in Chrysler’s lineup, these “woodies” were often the car of choice for celebrities and movie stars.

Yet, even the brightest name on the biggest marquee eventually fades away. By the time 1950 rolled around, the Town & Country’s time in the spotlight was drawing to a close. Ironically, despite being in its last year, Chrysler opted to roll out an entirely new variant. Continue reading

Catalogs create excitement for Arizona Car Week auctions

Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby's photos by Robin  Adams
Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby’s photos by Robin Adams

Every time I see her, Nicole James of our staff asks me if I’m excited about Arizona Car Week. The auctions, concours and social events affiliated with them are all new to an eager 20-something, so I play the old been-there/done-that curmudgeon and usually grumble something about a week of lost sleep. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider conversion

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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider conversion | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 27th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered during the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this numbers-matching 365 GTB/4 coupe was professionally converted to a 365 GTB/4 Spider by Richard Straman in the 1980s.

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Jim’s gems at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction

Amazing drag racing vehicles are crossing the block at Mecum's Kissimmee auction | Jim McCraw photos
Amazing drag racing vehicles are crossing the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction | Jim McCraw photos

To experience this collector car auction, the world’s largest, you would really need to stick around in central Florida’s sunshine for about 10 days, eat three or four meals daily, shoot about a thousand photos, and try to comprehend its sheer size and scope.

The 2017 version of the Mecum Kissimmee auction brought three fabulous collections into the spotlight: the Williams collection, the Jackee and Gary Runyon collection, and the Don Fezell collection, each containing some of the most historic and sought-after muscle cars and drag race cars of the 1960s. Continue reading