Category archives: Features

What’s Andy likes at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

Zagato-bodied 1955 Alfa 1900CSS among Andy's picks at RM Sotheby's auction | Andy Reid photos
Zagato-bodied 1955 Alfa 1900CSS among Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s auction | Andy Reid photos

Due to mechanical issues with the collector car I drove down the East Coast to attend the activities at Amelia Island this weekend, I’m a little late in sharing my favorites among the cars available at RM Sotheby’s auction, which begins today with the selling of the Orin Smith collection. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

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1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

I’ve taken a stronger notice of Alfa Romeo and have been following the Italian automaker ever since I had the opportunity to drive a 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider during Monterey Car Week in August. The Alfas that have caught my eye tend to be classic or very modern without much in between, but as I sorted through ClassicCars.com, I stumbled upon the Pick of the Day, a 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S.

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Mama Tried – and succeeds – at being a unique motorcycle show

A rigid-frame Harley-Davidson stands like a curated work of art | William Hall photos
A rigid-frame Harley-Davidson stands like a curated work of art | William Hall photos

Unlike the hapless subject of Merle Haggard’s wistful honky-tonk classic from which it derives its name, Milwaukee’s Mama Tried Motorcycle Show has proven to be a standout success among vintage and custom motorcycle shows.

Held each February in a century-old urban industrial warehouse in the shadow of main-sponsor Harley-Davidson, the event celebrates the art of the motorcycle in a hip, fresh exhibition of more than 100 invited builders and collectors from around the country. Continue reading

AACA opens 2017 show season with Winter Meet in Ocala

A complete rack of 1936 Fords in most but not all body styles | Jim McCraw photos
A complete rack of 1936 Fords in most but not all body styles | Jim McCraw photos

The first of what will be 16 events organized by the Antique Automobile Club of America took place late last month when the Winter Meet was held on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida, the horse capital of the world. Around 250 vehicles were on display, ranging in birthday from 1912 to 1992, hosted by the AACA’s Sunshine State region and chapters of the Central Florida Region. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 McLaren 570 GT

Merlin and the McLaren | Nick Kurczewski photos
Merlin and the McLaren | Nick Kurczewski photos

McLaren wants to prove it has a softer side, even if a howling mid-engine supercar seems an ironic choice when trying to drive the point home.

As the British sports car company’s least expensive offering, the 570 GT also has been dialed in to provide a quieter and more comfortable driving experience. Even the cargo bay has been reconfigured to accommodate a moderate amount of luggage. The glass hatch swings open to reveal the “touring deck” which, we admit, sounds classier than simply “trunk” or “luggage bay.”

You might still be dubious. How can a car with 562 horsepower, room for only two onboard, and a starting price of nearly $200,000 qualify as a calmer, more practical means to get around? Continue reading

When being a car show judge becomes very personal

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Winning 1965 Ford Mustang | Nicole James photos

It’s official! I’m a celebrity! At least when I arrived in Lakeland, Florida, for Carlisle Events’ Winter Autofest, I was asked to be a celebrity judge for the car show portion of the four-day event. Without hesitation, I said yes.

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Grand opening: Motorsports Hall Of Fame Museum

Motorsports Hall of Fame honors all forms of motorized competition | Jim McCraw photos
Motorsports Hall of Fame honors all forms of motorized competition | Jim McCraw photos

This has been a long time coming. The Motorsports Hall Of Fame started life way back in 1989 in an old building in Novi, Michigan, a few miles west of Detroit, with a handful of old race cars on display.

Its mission was and is to recognize greatness in American racing, in every kind of racing, from Indy to NASCAR to drag racing, aviation, boats, sports cars, and motorcycles, with induction ceremonies of a new class every spring. Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole at Carlisle’s Winter Autofest

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1973 Chevrolet Camaro offered at Carlisle Events Winter Autofest auction in Florida | Nicole James photos

I have attended Carlisle Events Florida events before, but this is my first time experiencing the Winter Autofest, which includes the first Carlisle Auction of the 2017 event season.

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