Category archives: Features

Pick of the Day: 1967 Ford Mustang

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1967 Ford Mustang fastback

Whenever I break down or get new mods, my dad teaches me how to fix whatever is broken or goes through the install process with me so that I understand how the car works and can do things myself when necessary. He also believes that because technology is always so rapidly evolving, fewer and fewer people will be able to work on them because the knowledge and hands-on experience will be lost.

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Barn-find hunter Tom Cotter is on the road to promote new books

Author Tom Cotter (right) with writer, editor and road-trip pal Peter Egan and Carolyn Shaffer, director of the Black Earth Public Library | WIlliam Hall photos
Author Tom Cotter (right) with writer, editor and road-trip pal Peter Egan and Carolyn Shaffer, director of the Black Earth Public Library | WIlliam Hall photos

Acclaimed car-finder and automotive author Tom Cotter recently hit the road to promote his two new books – Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip and The Cuban Car Culture – that will be released at the end of August.

Cotter, a former Road & Track contributor and motorsports and auto-industry PR man, has made a second career of unearthing and documenting interesting classic cars and motorcycles across America. And what better way to promote books about road trips than to embark upon another one? Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

The Mazda CX-9 was completely revamped for 2016 | Bob Golfen
The Mazda CX-9 was completely revamped for 2016 | Bob Golfen

During the past decade or so, Mazda has marketed its vehicles in a certain way, as the sporty alternative to the normal run of practical cars and SUVs. “Zoom-Zoom” has been the quirky tagline, which was a risky gambit if the Mazdas didn’t deliver the driving performance as advertised. Mockery might have ensued.

Fortunately, Mazda has upheld its promise to deliver vehicles with responsive drivability. Well, most of the time. There have been a few misses. But starting with the pure sports-car pleasure of the MX-5 Miata, the Japanese automaker has imbued its lineup with a certain elan that sets them apart. Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole at inaugural MAG

Cars await their trip across the block at the inaugural MAG sale in Reno | Nicole James photos
Cars await their trip across the block at the inaugural MAG sale in Reno | Nicole James photos

The Motorsports Auction Group launches its first sale this week in conjunction with the 30th annual Hot August Nights custom car and hot rod gathering in Reno, Nevada. This being the new company’s first event, I wasn’t sure what type of cars would be crossing the block. Continue reading

Top motorcycles at Mecum offered by renowned scientist

Dr. J. Craig Venter with some of the vintage motorcycles in his collection | Mecum Auctions photos
Dr. J. Craig Venter with some of the vintage motorcycles in his collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Participants in the Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction in Monterey may not realize it, but some of the most-significant vintage bikes that will cross the block come from the collection of a famed scientist who led the first successful effort to sequence human DNA.

Dr. J. Craig Venter leads an institute where teams of scientists perform research in various fields of genomics, including human, microbial, plant, environmental and synthetic technologies. He also heads a company to develop products using synthetic genomics technology, and another called Human Longevity Inc. that’s focused on extending the human life span. Continue reading

Road-racing star Don Roberts and ‘The Winningest Cobra’ readied for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966
Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966 | Courtesy of Don and Sharon Roberts

A number of great Shelby Cobras will cross the block during RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, including the very first one ever built by Carroll Shelby. But only one of those cars has the right to be called “The Winningest Cobra” of all time.

That roadster is number CSX2473, a 1964 Cobra 289 that scored a record number of victories during its heyday in SCCA racing and other events from 1966 through 1973, including three years as an SCCA divisional champion. Of course, there’s also a “winningest driver” to go along with the winningest Cobra, and his story is inextricably linked with that of CSX2473. Continue reading

Classic Profile: Larz Anderson and the 1903 Gardner-Serpollet

The 1903 Gardner-Serpollet utilized a revolutionary steam propulsion system | Larz Anderson Auto Museum
The 1903 Gardner-Serpollet utilized a revolutionary steam propulsion system | Larz Anderson Auto Museum

The majority of people from the two most-recent generations, if faced with the name Larz Anderson, probably don’t know who he was or care to find out. The name “Larz” might sound strange, but doesn’t do it enough for me to want to look him up. Larz Anderson, however, is a name worth looking up.

A wealthy Boston businessman who once served as a U.S. diplomat, Larz and his socialite wife took an interest in the early state of the automobile, and after purchasing cars as early as 1899, their vehicular holdings eventually became known as “America’s Oldest Car Collection.” Among the many motorcars purchased by the family over the years was a 1903 Gardner-Serpollet. Continue reading

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

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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