Category archives: Features

Driven (briefly): Spunky Spider, capable Ridgeline, limitless Jeep

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited | Mark Elias Media Services

(Editor’s note: Our staff recently did a series of brief drives — either around 30 miles on pavement or on a short but challenging off-road course — in several cars during the media day at the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards program held in the Phoenix area. The series ends with Nicole James’ impressions of three vehicles she drove during that program.) Continue reading

Driven (briefly): Larry drives NSX, duo of diesels

(Editor’s note: Our staff recently did a series of brief drives — either around 30 miles on pavement or on a short but challenging off-road course — in several cars during the media day at the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards program held in the Phoenix area. Here are Larry Edsall’s impressions of three of the cars he drove during that program.) Continue reading

Leaving Las Vegas? Not until you visit the Hollywood Cars Museum

The Batmobile from movie 'Batman Returns' among those in the museum | Larry Edsall photos
The Batmobile from movie ‘Batman Returns’ among those in the museum | Larry Edsall photos

So you’ve gotten tired of the wildlife along the Las Vegas Strip. You’ve been to the Mob Museum; you’ve even gone out and shot 50-caliber machine guns. You’ve been to the Valley of Fire. You’ve seen the fountains at Bellagio and the light show on Fremont Street. You’ve watched a show featuring clones of long dead entertainers. You rode the High Roller but lost your shirt trying to act like one in the casino, and now you’re down to your last $15.

So get off The Strip, cross the I-15 freeway and find your way to Dean Martin Drive, to Hot Rod City and its Hollywood Cars Museum. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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SEMA Seen: Toyota showcases museum classics alongside its newest extreme builds

A trio of trucks on Toyota's SEMA stand under the theme of Past, Present, Extreme | Larry Edsall photos
A trio of trucks on Toyota’s SEMA stand under the theme of Past, Present, Extreme | Larry Edsall photos

I guess it’s a matter or perspective: Toyota’s news release about its display of 30 vehicles at the 2016 SEMA Show focused on “Extreme Builds” and promised the Toyota stand would include six extremely modified vehicles, one each of a Land Cruiser, Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma, 86 and Prius. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: Sung Kang and Project Underdog 1972 Ford Maverick

Actor and high school students worked with Steve Strope to build up the 'Underdog' Ford Maverick | Larry Edsall photos
Actor and high school students worked with Steve Strope to build up the ‘Underdog’ Ford Maverick | Larry Edsall photos

There has been a lot of talk — and action — at this 50th annual SEMA Show about attracting young people to careers involving cars. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1965 Ford Mustang

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1965 Ford Mustang | Photos by Hans Marquez

While the motto at SEMA is that this is the year of the truck, I’d say that on another level, this is the year of the 1000-plus-horsepower, wide-body-classic Mustang.

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SEMA Seen: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle and 2017 Camaro ‘Slammer’ concepts

'Slammed' '69 Chevelle and '17 Camaro on the Chevy stand at SEMA | Larry Edsall photos
‘Slammed’ ’69 Chevelle and ’17 Camaro on the Chevy stand at SEMA | Larry Edsall photos

Every year for the SEMA Show, engineers and designers at Chevrolet showcase staff-developed performance parts and accessories by installing their latest and greatest into a classic car. They did it again this year, but weren’t content just to do one.

Thus the 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle and 2017 Camaro “Slammer” concept cars parked next to each other on the Chevrolet stand in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 2009 Nissan 370Z

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2009 Nissan 370Z | Photos by Hans Marquez

Located within the SEMA Show performance pavilion, a 2009 Nissan 370Z sits wrapped in Tiffany blue and matte metallic gray, a stunning color combination for the Momo, Always Evolving, Get Lucky 370Z. Continue reading

A brief history of classic American presidential limousines

President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay - America's Car Museum
President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay – America’s Car Museum

(Editor’s note: This feature was written by Renée Crist, collections manager at LeMay – America’s Car Museum, for Classic Car News in recognition of the upcoming presidential election.)

When the subject of presidential limousines comes up, many Americans conjure images of John F. Kennedy waving from the stretched 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible in Dallas, Texas, prior to his assassination. JFK’s limo is arguably the most famous and talked about limousine in American history. Continue reading