Category archives: Features

Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams

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

Editor’s note: This is the first 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.

The three-day event begins Friday evening with a display of the cars in team livery during the “Gatsby Under the Stars Gala.” The gala takes place on the Marshall Way Bridge and benefits Southwest Human Development, one of the racing weekend’s charity partners. Continue reading

A fine finale: the Zoute Grand Prix marks end of season in Europe

1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux  displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography
1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography

Most of us all go through this annoying period called fall and winter when the weather turns to worse and all we can do is keep our beloved classics safely inside and dream of the return of nice weather come springtime. But that only heightens our anticipation of that final event in the year, when we visit our fellow collector car aficionados and have some fun with those cars for who knows how many months.

In Belgium this major blow-out event has become a main fixture on the European classic car scene. It’s held in early October, after most people will have had their holidays, children are back in school and the tourist season is mostly over. All of which means there is space in time and on the roads to come out with the cars in a huge way. Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole: Star cars and over-the-top builds at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

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Row of classic Mustangs at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas | Matthew Fink photos

The docket for the ninth annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction is nothing short of alluring vehicles that are just as over the top, iconic and glamourous as Sin City itself. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I bounced around the rows of consignments in awe of the glittering paint, shining chrome and wild designs held within the convention center of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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A peek inside the world’s largest classic car restoration shop

Cars waiting to be restored in the huge Byrnes Motor Trust Restoration facility | Classicrallypress.co.uk photos
Cars waiting to be restored in the huge Byrnes Motor Trust Restoration facility | Classicrallypress.co.uk photos

They’re calling it the world’s largest classic car restoration business. So where are more than 200 people employed to put vintage Jaguars, Mercedes and other cars back on the road?

“Surprisingly, the answer is not the United States, UK, Australia or anywhere in Europe,” the British newspaper The Telegraph reported last week. “It’s the Philippines, on the former U.S. airbase that is now Clark Freeport zone.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Chevrolet Nova II

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1967 Chevrolet Nova II

Drag racing has long been the subject of controversy and debate fueled by individual perspective. Does it really take that much skill to drive a car in a straight line for 1,320 feet? It might when that car does so in under 10 seconds, or in excess of 200 miles per hour.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1962 Jaguar XK-E Roadster

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1962 Jaguar XK-E Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Introduced in 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show as the successor to the XK series, the Jaguar E-type, also known as the XK-E, was sleek and resembled the famous D-type race car.

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This road trip hit the high points — all 50 of them

TFLTruck.com crew drove a Jeep Wrangler to the highest drivable point in each of the 50 states | TFLTruck.com photos
TFLTruck.com crew drove a Jeep Wrangler to the highest drivable point in each of the 50 states | TFLTruck.com photos

As I write this, the National Route 66 Motor Tour is making its way from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier along the Mother Road. Someday I hope to be part of that tour, which moseys along, taking two full weeks to do the drive, stopping at all the highlight points along as much of the original road as still remains.

Recently I stumbled across another driving adventure that I think would be a lot of fun, given the right vehicle to attempt it. This being Classic Car News, that vehicle would need to be something along the lines of a vintage Jeep or a Toyota Land Cruiser or British Land Rover Discovery or maybe a classic Ford Bronco. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 convertible

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1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 convertible | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 29th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

In an effort to outshine Packard and its V12 engine, Cadillac recruited Owen Nacker, a former Marmon engineer, to develop the V16. As a result of his efforts, the first Cadillac V16 was introduced in 1930 as the Series 452. The engine produced 185 horsepower and the car was capable of 100 miles per hour when fitted with a light body.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 2009 Ford Mustang 45th Iacocca Anniversary Edition

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2009 Ford Mustang 45th Iacocca Anniversary Edition | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 28th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

The Ford Mustang entered its fifth generation in 2005 as a completely redesigned car with a chiseled, squared-off look, closely resembling the look of the late ‘60s models. To celebrate Mustang’s 45th anniversary year, Ford created a car in 2009 to honor Lee Iacocca, the Ford executive who had championed the production of the original Ford Mustang.

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