Category archives: Features

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

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1971 Chevrolet Camaro custom

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

Produced from 1970-1981, the second-generation Camaro was longer, lower and wider than the first-generation Camaro. As a result, the second-gen verson is widely accepted to be much more of a driver’s car than its predecessor. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1936 Ford custom

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1936 Ford Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

In 1936 the Ford Model 48 was being produced. It was an update on Ford’s popular V8-equipped Model 40A which was the company’s main product at the time. The Model 48 was introduced in 1935 and sustained a cosmetic refresh every year until being completely redesigned in 1941. Continue reading