Category archives: Features

Packard in the pond and more from Hilton Head concours

The Stutz Bearcat that later in the day won Best of Show honors at Hilton Head | Andy Reid photos
The Stutz Bearcat that later in the day won Best of Show honors at Hilton Head | Andy Reid photos

Long-term, the 2016 Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance likely will be remembered for two things: That organizers were able to stage the event so soon after Hurricane Michael ripped through the area and as the concours where the Packard went into the pond.

It seemed something of a miracle that the 15th annual concours on South Carolina’s island playground could take place in the aftermath of such a significant storm, a tribute to the festival, resort and others who went well above and beyond just to put everything back together. Continue reading

Hilton Head has something special for Saturday showgoers

Porsches align for a club display at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival's car club day | Andy Reid photos
Porsches align for a club display at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival’s car club day | Andy Reid photos

The final weekend of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance includes a twist that many other concours have copied — a Saturday car club jamboree.

This event brings together a variety of car clubs, many of the car specific groups, some more regional in nature, and invites members to show their cars on the same fields that will host the concours on Sunday. Continue reading

We visit a couple of madams in Las Vegas

Perhaps the most beautiful car on display was the Madame X Cadillac that Chip Foose did for Wes and Vivian Rydell
Perhaps the most beautiful car on display was the Madam X Cadillac that Chip Foose did for Wes and Vivian Rydell | Larry Edsall photos

Hey, this is Classic Car News, so of course we’re not talking about women who might run a house of prostitution. But to my eyes and ears, the two most fascinating cars at the recent and 50th annual trade show of the Specialty Equipment Market Association were Madam X and Madam V. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2009 Nissan GT-R

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2009 Nissan GT-R

There is no denying that the Nissan GT-R is a supercar. When Nissan premiered the modern decedent of the Skyline in 2008, the car came with a $70,000 price tag, making it out of reach for most but still reasonably attainable. Since then, prices have grown to match Godzilla’s girth.

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At the wheel: Driving in the Grand Prix of Scottsdale

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Racing in the ClassicCars.com No. 77 car | Photo by Charles Siritho

In an interview with Ken Block after the premier of his Gymkhana Seven video, he told me that making the video was surreal because he never thought the streets of Los Angeles, his hometown, would be shut down just for him to drive and showcase his skills for a YouTube video. I remember thinking, that’s how you know you made it — when your hometown shuts down for you to hoon.

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Driven (briefly): Spunky Spider, capable Ridgeline, limitless Jeep

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited | Mark Elias Media Services

(Editor’s note: Our staff recently did a series of brief drives — either around 30 miles on pavement or on a short but challenging off-road course — in several cars during the media day at the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards program held in the Phoenix area. The series ends with Nicole James’ impressions of three vehicles she drove during that program.) Continue reading

Driven (briefly): Larry drives NSX, duo of diesels

(Editor’s note: Our staff recently did a series of brief drives — either around 30 miles on pavement or on a short but challenging off-road course — in several cars during the media day at the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards program held in the Phoenix area. Here are Larry Edsall’s impressions of three of the cars he drove during that program.) Continue reading

Leaving Las Vegas? Not until you visit the Hollywood Cars Museum

The Batmobile from movie 'Batman Returns' among those in the museum | Larry Edsall photos
The Batmobile from movie ‘Batman Returns’ among those in the museum | Larry Edsall photos

So you’ve gotten tired of the wildlife along the Las Vegas Strip. You’ve been to the Mob Museum; you’ve even gone out and shot 50-caliber machine guns. You’ve been to the Valley of Fire. You’ve seen the fountains at Bellagio and the light show on Fremont Street. You’ve watched a show featuring clones of long dead entertainers. You rode the High Roller but lost your shirt trying to act like one in the casino, and now you’re down to your last $15.

So get off The Strip, cross the I-15 freeway and find your way to Dean Martin Drive, to Hot Rod City and its Hollywood Cars Museum. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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SEMA Seen: Toyota showcases museum classics alongside its newest extreme builds

A trio of trucks on Toyota's SEMA stand under the theme of Past, Present, Extreme | Larry Edsall photos
A trio of trucks on Toyota’s SEMA stand under the theme of Past, Present, Extreme | Larry Edsall photos

I guess it’s a matter or perspective: Toyota’s news release about its display of 30 vehicles at the 2016 SEMA Show focused on “Extreme Builds” and promised the Toyota stand would include six extremely modified vehicles, one each of a Land Cruiser, Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma, 86 and Prius. Continue reading