Category archives: Features

1,000 vintage motorcycles is a sight to behold

From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left...
From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left…
... and to the right | Larry Edsall photos
… and to the right | Larry Edsall photos

You may recall the scenes in the Nicholas Cage National Treasure movies when the bedraggled group somehow has survived a succession of life-and-limb threatening ordeals and finally beholds the acres of treasure arrayed below. Continue reading

Vintage racers will reunite on Drive Toward a Cure road rally

Dick Cupp raced his Porsche roadster in vintage events at Monterey | Drive Toward the Cure photos
Dick Cupp raced his Porsche roadster in vintage events at Monterey | Drive Toward the Cure photos

Dick Cupp says it didn’t take a hard sell to convince his fellow vintage racing veterans Steve Schmidt and Max Jamiesson to join him in filing entries for the inaugural Drive Toward a Cure, a lifestyle/road rally event scheduled for April 28-30 in California.

Funds raised through the event will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation and The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1934 Ford Coupe

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1934 Ford Coupe

With the recent Grand National Roadster Show in Rancho Cucamonga, and the Classic Auto Show in Downtown Los Angeles, it’s hard not to look at show-stopping custom roadsters.

The Pick of the Day, a 1934 Ford Coupe, certainly meets show stopping criteria – it has been featured in Hot Rod Magazine and won Best of Show at the 2009 SEMA show – but the most attractive element of the coupe is that its “powered by EcoBoost.” Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Kia Soul!

2017 Kia Soul! has turbocharged engine | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Kia Soul! has turbocharged engine | Larry Edsall photos

I think Kia puts the exclamation point in the wrong place. The name of this car should be 2017 Kia Soul Turbo!

I’ve always liked the Kia Soul, and the spunky little box on wheels has gotten better and better, not only with each new generation, but with each model- year update. Continue reading

Arizona auction analysis: Emerging trends in the marketplace

Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo
Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo

The final results from the Scottsdale auctions held during Arizona Car Week are in, and it looks like the total sales numbers are $262.8 million this year compared with $250 million last year. So, it looks like the market is climbing and all is great.

But if you actually attended the auctions, you probably have a different opinion about the pulse of the collector car marketplace. Continue reading

What makes Arizona Car Week special? It’s the people

Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos
Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos

I had an epiphany of sorts during Arizona Car Week 2017. Well, actually two of them:

  1. You can’t be everywhere at once, so don’t even try.
  2. The best part of the gathering of the clan of the car, in this case here in the Valley of the Sun, really isn’t the cars, as spectacular as they are, but the people they bring, and in the case of Arizona Car Week, they’re brought to the place where I live. How cool is this: I get to see amazing cars, talk with fascinating people, and sleep each night in my own bed.

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5 things I love about Arizona Car Week

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1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer | Photos by the Function Factory and Nicole James

I survived 2017 Arizona Car Week. If you were here for the auctions and car shows, you know that’s quite a statement as the entire week was plagued with rain and — to a Phoenix native — very cold weather.  But that didn’t deter many enthusiasts from venturing out to enjoy the events as best we could.

Here are five things I loved about Arizona Car Week 2017: Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Lancia Fulvia

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1971 Lancia Fulvia

Ten-years after leaving Formula One racing, Lancia re-established its motorsports department in 1965 with the Fulvia Coupe and placed a new focus on rally racing. Driven by privateer Lancia enthusiasts, the Fulvia was considered a prototype racecar until 1969.

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Driven: 1942 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Club Sedan

1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM's revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos
1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM’s revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos

For automotive purists, now might be the time to look away. That’s because standing right in front of you is the car that helped bring automatic shifting to the masses. While the sleek Art Deco exterior of this 1942 Oldsmobile is striking, it’s what connects car’s inline8-cylinder engine to the rear wheels that makes this truly an historic automobile. Continue reading

Ford leader Fields talks of Broncos, Mustangs and much more

Ford president and chief executive Mark Fields at recent Consumer Electronics Show | Ford photos
Ford president and chief executive Mark Fields at recent Consumer Electronics Show | Ford photos

They come to Barrett-Jackson from all walks of celebrity. There are the entertainers; this year it was Justin Bieber, selling his Ferrari 458 Italia F1, and Steven Tyler his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, with proceeds from later going to charity. And sports stars, too: Floyd Mayweather offering up his Bugatti Veyron and Dale Earnhardt Jr. selling his NASCAR Chevrolet, like Tyler also for charity. Why, even ol’ Burt Reynolds got into the act, with yet another of his 1978 Pontiac Firebird Bandits.

Also up on the block last week at Scottsdale was the perhaps lesser-known Mark Fields. While he may not be a star of the stage or screen or sports arena, Fields is president and chief executive of the Ford Motor Company and he helped sell a uniquely outfitted 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup that raised $207,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Continue reading