Category archives: Features

New kids on the block: MAG readies for inaugural auction in Reno

Dodge cruising to parking space during Hot August Nights 2015 | Photography by Matthew Fink

A longing for the innocence, prosperity, and cars of the 1950s and ‘60s verified the nostalgia that saturated the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in 1986 as thousands of people gathered to hear live music from the bygone era. Recognized as Hot August Nights, the event has grown in the last 30 years, still featuring live music, but thought of as one of the must-be-at-events for classic and custom car and hot-rod enthusiasts.

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Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals embrace individuality

A heavily horsepower  infused Pontiac Firebird gets checked in | William Hall photos
A  horsepower infused Chevrolet Camaro rumbles in | William Hall photos

For the second year in a row, the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee played host to the Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals on July 15-17, attracting nearly 2,000 registrants in a wildly diverse showing of American automotive ingenuity.

Nothing seemed inappropriate for the event, which welcomed amphibious fire trucks, stunningly-preserved muscle cars, and tubbed and blown pro-street racers. There were no designated groups or areas for individual makes; instead, cars were parked in random combinations throughout the grounds, making for interesting discoveries at every turn. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible

The 1967 Pontiac GTO is painted a brilliant white
The 1967 Pontiac GTO is painted a brilliant white

With the start of August a few days away, I cringe at the thought of endless Arizona summer days with temperatures hot enough to bake cookies inside your car. Fortunately, adventure is on the horizon and I can’t help but daydream about cruising the streets of Reno during Hot August Nights or sightseeing along the Pacific Coast Highway near Monterey.

Of course, to do either, you would need the right classic car, and a convertible at that. Continue reading

100 years ago, federal legislation paved the way forward

A century ago, many 'roads" were little more than muddy ruts | Photos courtesy HVA
A century ago, many ‘roads” were little more than muddy ruts | Photos courtesy HVA

Editor’s note: It was in July, 1916, that President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act, establishing a national policy of providing federal aid for highway construction and maintenance. In so doing, a uniform system of roads was established and helped to further usher in the golden age of American motoring. The following article was produced as part of the act’s centennial by the Historic Vehicle Association.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the motorcar was still largely perceived as a novelty item or, at the very least, something designed only for the wealthiest of Americans. Yet, as the century progressed and technological advancements helped make the assembling of automobiles more efficient and thus more cost effective, more and more ordinary citizens suddenly found themselves able to make the leap from horses to horsepower. Continue reading

Bookshelf: Encyclopedic examination of the International Scout

I-H Scout Cover Portrait 10.28

After 50 years of motor vehicle production, and more than a century after manufacturing its first farm equipment, officials at the International Harvester Company were ready to venture into a new automotive segment. They would design and develop what they officially termed a “small 4×4 unit.” Continue reading

Racing Rewind: 1979 British GP launched Williams team

The Williams FW07 demonstrated the value of ground-effects technology at the British Grand Prix | Sotheby's
The Williams FW07 demonstrated the value of ground-effects technology at the British Grand Prix | Sotheby’s

The British Grand Prix, which took place this past weekend, is one of the most viewed races on the Formula 1 calendar. Many fantastic moments in racing have occurred at the Silverstone Circuit.

One of the somewhat lesser-known but most-spectacular victories at the British GP was during the 1979 race, in which the Williams F1 team won their first competition, and at home, no less. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1939 Lincoln Zephyr custom

1939 Lincoln “Zemi” Zephyr

The Lincoln Zephyr received a futuristic styling update in 1938 with minor changes in 1939 that included improved a restyled hood, new hood ornament, front fenders, chrome side trim and newly designed headlamp lenses. Additionally, the front bumper was cut away in the center and skirts were added to the rear wheel wells for a more elegant look. Continue reading

Ernie Adams has a big passion for building little cars

Print in his museum show’s Ernie Adam’ 1939 Chevy Sedan with full-scale 1939 Chevrolet Sedan | Nicole James Photos

Ernie Adams grew up near a landfill in Harvard, Nebraska.  Around the age of 13, he remembers looking out the window of his home and noticing an old refrigerator in the weeds. “It had a black tire swing laying by it and, to me, it looked like a black fender on a white touring car, but miniature.”

Years later, Adams was married, wanted an antique car but couldn’t afford one. And, he said, “We lived in a trailer space and I didn’t have the room for one.” Continue reading

Not fade away: Milwaukee festival celebrates ’50s car culture

Hot rods and customs  roll in for the foutth annual Blue Ribbon Beer Run in Milwaukee | William Hall photos
Hot rods and customs roll in for the foutth annual Blue Ribbon Beer Run in Milwaukee | William Hall photos

Midwestern hot-rod lifestylers convened on the old Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to celebrate everything Fifties at the fourth-annual Blue Ribbon Beer Run on June 8. Hundreds of greasers and pin-up girls reclaimed the music, look and culture of their grandparents in an open-air festival to America’s golden age. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1935 Ford 1/2 Ton Pickup

1935 Ford 1/2 Ton Pickup

Chameleon paint can make any collector car stand out from the mundane and ordinary at a car show. The paint appears to change colors when seen in different light and at different angles, so two people will rarely see the vehicle as the exact same color, which can cause heated debate similar to that of “the dress” last year. (For no apparent reason, some people viewing the infamous dress on the internet saw it in a certain color, while other saw it entirely differently.)

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