Category archives: Features

‘Motoring thru Time’ presents history on a roll in Phoenix

A 1955 Buick and a 1955 Chevy hooked up with vintage travel trailers | Bob Golfen photos
A 1955 Buick and a 1955 Chevy hooked up with vintage travel trailers | Bob Golfen photos

The city of Phoenix grew up around the automobile, sprawling out across the broad desert valley where ancient Native American tribes had created farming communities linked to canals. Now, the links are highways, and the Phoenix metro area is home to about 4.6 million people.

Phoenix also is one of the few cities in the country to support its own vintage-car celebration, “Motoring Thru Time: Where the transportation past meets the future,” hosted every February by the city’s Parks and Recreation department. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Audi S3

Audi S3 offers power, magnetic suspension in a compact and affordable vehicle | Larry Edsall photos
Audi S3 offers power, magnetic suspension in a compact and affordable vehicle | Larry Edsall photos

Maybe it was the Glacier White Metallic paint that made the 2017 Audi S3 I’ve been driving look like a big egg as it rolled down the road. However, there was nothing either Humpty or Dumpty about this powerful and sporty — and still affordable — entry-level Audi sedan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2001 Hummer H1

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2001 Hummer H1

Recently, my good friend got a new car. It seems as though he buys cars every other week, but his latest purchase is particularly special and unique. To him, it wasn’t just another Fox-body Mustang, it was the car he had on a poster in his room growing up,  right down to the same color.

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A Malibu morning at Fireball Tim’s Wheels & Waves

An immaculate 1957 Chevrolet at the Sunday morning gathering of cars in Malibu | Larry Crane photos
An immaculate 1957 Chevrolet at the Sunday morning gathering of cars in Malibu | Larry Crane photos

Sunday morning in Malibu. Down the hill through dense fog and into a lovely English light-box sky — flat white — like the expensive light created in a photographer’s studio. Reflections are pure. Color is represented in its truest form without the brilliant flare that changes the F-stop in your retina and gives you a darker version.

It is a fantastic time and place to photograph cars — anywhere is a great place to look at and talk about cars with knowledgeable aficionados. The brick-paved carpark in front of the Malibu Kitchen in the 7:00 a.m. chill of a Pacific beach winter morning is as authentic a European recreation as we get to experience locally. Continue reading

Driven: USAC sprint car, with bonus laps in a real Indy racer

Larry Crane at the wheel of an Edmonds print car on the high banks at Winchester, Indiana
Larry Crane at the wheel of an Edmunds print car on the high banks at Winchester, Indiana

‘Engage the dogs by squeezing the lock lever against the shifter and pulling it back. As soon as the push truck makes contact, watch the oil-pressure gauge. When the needle moves, hit the ignition switch and brace your neck for the acceleration.”

I did. It did. And we did. Continue reading

Pilgrimage to the Grand National Roadster Show

Mulholland Speedster is America's Most Beautiful Roadster 20127 | Larry Crane photos
Mulholland Speedster is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster 20127 | Larry Crane photos

Al Slonaker launched a modified-car show in the Oakland Exposition hall in 1949 and decided to focus on hot rods for the following year. “Hot rod” meant “public nuisance” (menace, even) in the local (national, too) press, so he called his rechristened exhibit the “Roadster Show.” Continue reading

26th Cavallino Classic: A celebration of Ferrari, and much more

Dino was the featured model at the 26th Cavallino Classic | Jim McCraw photos
Dino was the featured model at the 26th Cavallino Classic | Jim McCraw photos

The 26th running of the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic was a combination of ingredients that would be hard to top: a huge gathering of Ferraris and other classics hosted by Cavallino magazine’s publisher, John Barnes, and his staff of volunteers on the lawns of one of the greatest hotels in America, The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, with a side order of laps at Palm Beach International Raceway and a visit to Mar-A-Lago, the Marjorie Merriweather Post mansion currently owned by the President of the United States. Continue reading

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