Category archives: Features

SEMA Seen: A trio of classic Chevys

A trio of black classic Chevys on the transporter | Larry Edsall photos
A trio of black classic Chevys on the transporter | Larry Edsall photos

There’s a parking lot across Paradise Road from the Las Vegas Convention Center where several highly polished semi tractors are parked during the SEMA Show. Among them is a rig from Rollin’ R Enterprises, a transport company based in Oxnard, California. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1963 Impala SS

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1963 Impala SS | Photos by Hans Marquez

Each year, SEMA showcases the best of the best alongside many new products and trends. Often, some of those new products can be seen on classic vehicles at SEMA, but every once in a while you come across a car that isn’t necessarily a vessel for new products and doesn’t aim to fit whatever the trend is for the year. Continue reading

Bookshelf: A ‘road atlas’ for the collector car enthusiast

Roadster Guide to America's Classic Car Museums

If you are into collector cars and do any sort of traveling, a copy of Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions needs to be in your glovebox or suitcase.

The book includes details on more than 225 “auto-themed attractions,” starting with the Boothbay Railway Village in Maine and running through the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska. Continue reading

For Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild: A reunion on home turf

Guildsmen display their futuristic car models at reunion | Larry Crane photos
Guildsmen display their futuristic car models at reunion | Larry Crane photos

From the beginning in 1930 until 1948, a Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild entry consisted of the accurately detailed construction of a model of the Napoleonic coach that stood as the logo for Fisher Body, the company that build car bodies for General Motors.

For the next 20 years, young would-be car designers were asked to create home-built models of the cars of the future. Continue reading

Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams (part 5)

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Racers on the streets of Scottsdale | Photos courtesy of Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Editor’s note: This is the final in a five-day series featuring teams fielding Vintage Kart Mini Racers in the second annual Scottsdale Grand Prix, to be held November 4-6 on the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s as Vintage Mini Races hit the streets in the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale. Continue reading

Driven again: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has seat heaters to keep you warm with the top down | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has seat heaters to keep you warm with the top down | Larry Edsall photos

This was my second experience with the newest-generation Mazda Miata, the 2016 MX-5 Grand Touring version. Earlier this year, I drove one from Phoenix to Las Vegas and back, exploring the spectacular scenery along the Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s Northshore Drive and within the Valley of Fire State Park.

This time, I borrowed another Miata for a week amid Michigan’s autumn leaves. October is the month I miss most since moving from Michigan to Phoenix. October in Michigan is full of sunny days, crispy cool nights and awesome colors. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Ford Mustang

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1993 Ford Mustang

If you ask a gear-head millennial what their favorite movie is, it will undoubtedly be a title within the Fast and Furious franchise. The series of films introduced the generation to fast cars, with many citing the series as inspiration for their involvement in the hobby and reason behind some of the vehicles they drive.

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True confessions about time travel and dinner with an auto icon

Harley Earl and the GM Firebird cars at the Arizona Proving Grounds | GM photo
Harley Earl and the GM Firebird cars at the Arizona Proving Grounds | GM photo

Two, and true, confessions:

One: I was the author of our poll question that ran last week on the Classic Car News homepage. To refresh your memory the questions was: “A time machine has been invented and you can go back and have dinner with one automotive icon. Whom would you choose?” Continue reading

Driven: 1932 Graham Blue Streak, while exploring Nicola Bulgari’s uncommon love for the common car

A drive in his 1932 Graham Blue Streak provides some insights into Nicola Bulgar's love for American cars | Nick Kurczewski photos
A drive in his 1932 Graham Blue Streak provides some insights into Nicola Bulgar’s love for American cars | Nick Kurczewski photos

What do fish scales, ladies’ stockings, and Borax soap have to do with classic cars? For the obsessively restored vehicles at the N.B. Center for American Automotive Heritage in Allentown, Pennsylvania, they’re all just part of doing the job right. Continue reading