Category archives: Features

The Interview: Joseph Mast

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Full area during Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 | Photos by Hans Marquez

Joseph Mast became the lead auctioneer for Barrett-Jackson in August, 2015, and has done three auctions since then, including Barrett-Jacksons 45th anniversary event in Scottsdale in January.

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Driven: 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad

2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad has room for 7 | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad has room for 7 | Larry Edsall photos

It would seem that the Dodge Journey might be the ideal vehicle for a young and growing family, or even for grandparents who get to spend quality time with their young and growing grandchildren.

The 2016 Journey Crossroad we drove for a week came with a feature we’d like to see on more vehicles. Each of the seat-bottom cushions in the outboard positions in the second row has a tab. Pull the tab and — voila! — the seat cushions springs up and back and forms a built-in booster seat for a child. Pull the tab again and you have a regular seat for a teenager or adult passenger. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Plymouth Cuda

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1970 Plymouth Cuda

Whenever Chrysler decides to assemble a purpose-built performer whose main mission is to kick asphalt and take names, the results are usually spectacular. An excellent combination of power and handling makes this 1970 Plymouth Barracuda the Pick of the Day.

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The Interview: Jason McCormick

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Cars on display before auction | McCormick Auctions Photo

McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auctions celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Its auction February 26-28 in Palm Springs will be its 60th (the company does two sales a year, one in the spring and one in the fall).

The company is run by Jason McCormick, who was 14 when his father, Keith, started doing classic car auctions. Continue reading

The Interview: Ken Block

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Ken Block next to the 2016 Focus RS | Photography by Jacqulyn Currey

Ford has produced the Focus RS for some time, but only for the European market — until now. At the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the first North American 2016 Ford Focus RS crossed the block and brought $550,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Ken Block was there to talk briefly about the car and to help boost the bidding to benefit charity.

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Jeep CJ7

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Jeep CJ7

If you watched the Super Bowl, you probably took note of the evocative and star-studded 60-second Jeep commercial during the half time break featuring Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Goldblum and the dinosaurs from Jurassic World. The Terminator even made an appearance. In addition to these more recognized figures, the commercial featured 60 portraits in total of other famous and ordinary people who helped shape Jeep’s 75 year history in addition to different Jeep models throughout its history.

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Driven: 2016 Toyota 4Runner

2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail  is setup for travel on or off pavement | Larry Edsall photo
2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail is setup for travel on or off pavement | Larry Edsall photo

So many automakers have moved their sport utility vehicles to unibody “crossover” architecture that I’d almost forgotten what it was like to drive a real body-on-frame model. Fortunately, Toyota still makes such a vehicle, what it calls a “full-capability SUV,” the 4Runner.

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| Interior and cargo area photos by Toyota

Toyota has been producing the 4Runner for more than 30 years. Still at true SUV, the 4Runner rides on a truck-style frame and offers a 4×4 powertrain for true go-anywhere capability along with the capability of towing 5,000 pounds, whether it’s a boat or camper or ATV or motorcycle trailer. Continue reading

Students learn to shift for themselves in concours cars

Jed Rapoport lets a student take the wheel of his 1951 Allard K2 | Hagerty photos
Jed Rapoport lets a student take the wheel of his 1951 Allard K2 | Hagerty photos

Imagine learning how to manipulate a manual transmission in a car worth a million dollars?

But that’s what happened the morning before the third annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance when several concours participants shared their vehicles with students at the Hagerty Driving Experience. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Nissan Titan XD

2016 Nissan Titan XD is one monster of a truck | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Nissan Titan XD is one monster of a truck | Larry Edsall photos

So Bob Golfen drove the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD for a day, and spent part of that day crawling around off-pavement. I drove one of Nissan’s new full-size pickups for much of Arizona Auction Week, and the only time I was away from pavement was parking on gravel lots at Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele, and at the parking lot I use while teaching journalism classes at Arizona State University. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro

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1970 Chevrolet Camaro

In the Golden Age of car design, many manufacturers strove for innovative futuristic designs. Some looked as though they had been inspired by a UFO, while others drew inspiration from aircraft of the time. This trend seemed to calm down over the years but never fully went away, offering resurgence with the new models coming out today.

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