Category archives: Features

Porsche Speedster owner shares his story (Part 3)

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(Editor’s note: This is the final of three stories in which Mike Dyott, owner of thebarn-found’ Porsche Speedster for sale on ClassicCars.com, shares his story in his own words.)

By Mike Dyott

With a broken rod, I had to come clean about my evil past, my racing in secret. I survived without physical abuse but was ostracized for weeks. Part of what saved me was that I’d bought her a VW “bug” for Christmas so she had her own car to drive.

Now that the truth was out and I’d gotten a decent bank account, her’s was separate, I was in a way able to add a little racing upgrade here and there and that’s how I’d end up rebuilding the engine so many times. First came an Isky cam, then Zenith carbs, then a C case and on until it got to its present configuration. Continue reading

Porsche Speedster owner shares his story (Part 2)

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(Editor’s note: This is the second of three stories in which Mike Dyott, owner of the ‘barn-found’ Porsche Speedster for sale on ClassicCars.com, shares his story in his own words.  Read ‘Part One’ by clicking here.)

By Mike Dyott

I drove out to the San Gabriel Valley and found my dream car — a 1957 Porsche 356A 1600S Speedster, parked on the street in a quiet residential area. The second owner was a nice guy. It took no sales pitch at all for me to become the third owner in September of 1960. The Speedster became my family car so it saw its time on the street up until 1965. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1966 Acadian Canso custom

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1966 Acadian Canso Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the seventh in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

Produced from 1962-1971, the Acadian was the make of an automobile produced by General Motors of Canada. The Acadian was created and produced to fill the compact model void Canada felt because it was unable to sell the Pontiac Tempest. Continue reading

Porsche Speedster owner shares his story (Part 1)

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(Editor’s note: This is the first of three stories in which Mike Dyott, owner of the ‘barn-found’ Porsche Speedster for sale on ClassicCars.com, shares his story in his own words.)

By Mike Dyott

I was born with competitiveness in my blood. It wasn’t a competitiveness to beat someone else nor to try to say that I was better than anyone else. It was to challenge myself to do my best.

Some of my best and most memorable competitions have been with myself; a challenge to accomplish a fete or to establish a personal best in some endeavor. I still do it In competition, the opposing person or team/group was not “the enemy,” they were my friends because we had a passion for the sport in common. (Editor’s note: At age 80, Mike Dyott still plays competitive softball on a traveling team.) Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette custom

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1964 Chevrolet Corvette Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the sixth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

Produced from 1963 to 1967, the C2, or second-generation Chevrolet Corvette also is known as the Stingray (or Sting Ray, depending on the specific year). In 1964 Chevrolet eliminated the two simulated air intakes from the hood and the decorative air-exhaust vent on the coupe’s rear pillar were made functional.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the fifth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

The Dodge Challenger was first produced from 1969-1974 using the Chrysler E platform and sharing components with the Plymouth Barracuda in an effort to rival the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The Challenger was revived in 2008 to compete with the Mustang and Camaro. Continue reading

At 75, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a true classic

Main Street during the motorcycle rally | Photos courtesy Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Main Street during the motorcycle rally | Photos courtesy Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

It all started August 14, 1938, in Sturgis, South Dakota. A group of nine motorcyclists from the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club decided to hold a rally and a race. A few spectators were on hand to watch.

And the rest, as they say, is history — and in the process a legend that became a motorcycling institution was created. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro custom

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the fourth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro went on sale in September of 1966 for the 1967 model year and ran through 1969. The first-generation Camaro was Chevy’s answer to the Ford Mustang and was a brand new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform. Continue reading