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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1947 Dodge Power Wagon Pickup

1947 Dodge Power Wagon | Barrett-Jackson photo
1947 Dodge Power Wagon | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered without a reserve at the second annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction is this 1947 Dodge Power Wagon Pickup.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 convertible

1966 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Convertible

Editor’s note: This is the second in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered without a reserve during the second annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction, this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is the final year of the first generation and as such represents the ultimate in refinement for the earliest models. Quite simply, it’s a car that runs as strong as it looks. Continue reading

Jalopy Showdown immersed in old-school hot-rod lifestyle

In a throwback to a bygone era, jalopies race around Latimore Valley Fairgrounds track | Andy Reid photos
In a throwback to a bygone era, jalopies race around Latimore Valley Fairgrounds track | Andy Reid photos

While attending the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals a few weeks ago, I heard about a very different kind of car show only about half-an-hour’s drive away.

After only 15 miles driving Pennsylvania back roads, a friend and I arrived at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, where we found a dirt oval and scores of vintage flat-head and 4-banger hot rods racing. Also taking turns on the track were riders of vintage motorcycles. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1966 Shelby GT350-H

1966 Shelby GT350-H | Barrett-Jackson photos
1966 Shelby GT350-H | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered with a reserve from the MS Classic Cars Collection during the second annual Northeast auction, this 1966 Shelby GT350-H is one of only 59 cars built in Ivy Green, ensuring the car’s rarity.

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$38 well spent: Harley-Davidson’s Steel Toe Tour

Motorcycle on the assembly line on Harley's York plant | Harley-Davidson photos
Motorcycle on the assembly line on Harley’s York plant | Harley-Davidson photos

In addition of collecting cars, I am a classic motorcycle collector. While I love my classic bikes, they are not without their issues.

A few months ago I went out to my shop to fire up one of my old bikes. I tried the Norton Commando and it would not start. Next, I tried my Triumph, same story. Finally I got on my BMW and even it would not run properly. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

Happily, there is a bike you can buy today that offers many of the things that a classic motorcycle offers both in looks and sound, yet is reliable and can be used as a daily rider with ease. That bike is the Harley-Davidson. Continue reading

School daze: Would you want to drive these to 25-year reunion?

1992 Ford Mustang was popular with the Class of 1992
1992 Ford Mustang was popular with the Class of 1992

Barney and Friends debuts on PBS. Johnny Carson ends his reign on the Tonight Show. Euro Disney opens. A billion people watch televised coverage of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert for AIDS research. A woman in New Mexico is burned by a cup of McDonald’s coffee. The Bosnian War. Four police officers are acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. And you were graduating from high school, because it was the late spring of 1992.

Yes, it’s been 25 years. And now it’s time for your 25-year high school reunion. Whether you’re flying back or driving there, here are some of the cars you’ll likely be talking about, because they were the cars for which you likely lusted as high school seniors. Continue reading

Family’s pet pony turned into pony car collection

Gilbert Speed decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang | Ford Photos
Gilbert Speed decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang | Ford Photos

Daniel Speed remembers the moment his dad, the late Gilbert Speed, traded the family’s real-life pony for a 1965 Ford Mustang: “One Saturday, Dad said, ‘If you guys won’t ride him, I know what I’ll do with him,’ then he came back with that car.” Continue reading

At Eagle Field, vintage drag racing is at its best

Drainpipe starting line structure, flagman, and two-story tower without A/C demonstrate the basic nature of Eagle Field | Jim McCraw photos
Drainpipe starting line structure, flagman, and two-story tower without A/C demonstrate the basic nature of Eagle Field | Jim McCraw photos

In the tiny farming town of Firebaugh, California, there is a World War II Army Air Corps training facility called Eagle Field. It has been there since 1942 and there is so much aviation fuel, so many lubricants and other chemicals in the soil that, right in the middle of the huge San Joaquin Valley, one of the largest and most productive agricultural valleys in the world, there is hardly a blade of grass.

Eagle Field has changed hands many times from government to investor to farmer and back to government, and was rescued in 1980 by airplane aficionado Joe Davis, who has started assembling an aviation museum. In 2009, a group of local drag racers asked if they could use the one surviving runway to do some racing. Continue reading

Saab story: Swedish cars prominent at Carlisle Import show

Saabs of all shapes, sizes and vintages were among the cars shown at Carlisle's annual Import and Performance event | Andy Reid photos
Saabs of all shapes, sizes and vintages were among the cars shown at Carlisle’s annual Import and Performance event | Andy Reid photos

The annual Carlisle Import and Performance is a show that is a bit different from others on the classic car calendar. It celebrates marques that most other shows ignore.

The stars of this show are Saab, Volvo, TVR, Citroen, Renault, Fiat, Opel, Lancia, and Audi. Groups of such vehicles are on a show field that also includes Porsche, Jaguar, Triumph, MG, Datsun/Nissan, Honda, Land Rover, Toyota, BMW, and Mercedes. Basically, everyone is welcome. Continue reading