Category archives: Features

Rick Rawlins: The automobilist as curator

Rick Rawlins with the Barney Oldfield-liveried 1909 Benz at Pebble Beach
Rick Rawlins with the Barney Oldfield-liveried 1909 Benz at Pebble Beach | Rawlins archive photos

The trove of treasures in Rick Rawlins’ checkerboard jewel box represents the historic touch-points in the century-long narrative of a dream set for a well-read aficionado. In his hands, the race cars are raced and the touring cars are toured and everything is in show car condition. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton

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1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1930 Duesenberg J  is bodied in the  LaGrande Dual-Cowl Phaeton style.

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‘Celica for grownups’ is back for Future Classics show

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John Garzas 1977 Toyota Celica GT | John Garza photos

When he was in high school in the mid-1980s, John Garza bought a used 1977 Toyota Celica. By the turn of the century, however, the car had rusted to the point that Garza obtained a replacement. But it would be a decade before Garza got around to that car, which he gave a resto-mod treatment that earned best of show honors last year at ClassicCar.com‘s inaugural Future Classics Car Show.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1939 Chevrolet C1500 ‘Brass Monkey’ truck

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1939 custom “Brass Monkey” Chevrolet C1500 truck | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, the “Brass Monkey” is  a fully built custom 1939 Chevy truck. with many one-off details.

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Pick of the Day: 1950 Chevrolet 3100

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1950 Chevrolet 3100

With the start of the new year, our conversations are plagued with those happy and optimistic “new year, new me” conversations full of high energy and enthusiastic resolutions. Among the popular resolutions made by car fanatics are declarations to purchase “new” classic cars, the desire to sell cars from overgrown collections, to start or finish that restoration project, and create travel plans to attend an event or drive across the country.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1970 Chevrolet Nova ‘Yenko Deuce’

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1970 Chevrolet Nova “Yenko Duce” | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 22nd in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this  Yenko Deuce Nova comes fully documented as car “HYS141″ on the Yenko delivery sheets and is one of 175 produced. Other documentation includes listing in the Yenko Deuce Registry and NCRS Data Shipping Report (showing Yenko as the selling dealer). Continue reading

Bookshelf: A book to enjoy low and slow

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The book cover

Just like the subject matter featured in this oversized, coffee-table book, you’ll want to go bajito y suavecito (low and slow) as you absorb the words and images presented in !Orale! Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico, recently published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

The book is eye-opening on several levels. There’s the obvious one: The amazing photography of amazing cars and their owners, and of what many would consider the shade-tree mechanics — cottonwoods in the case of northern New Mexico — who transform aging Detroit iron into brilliantly painted works of kinetic art that not only move forward and back but up and down, and sometimes dramatically so. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess

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John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 21st in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1956 Austin Type A135 was formerly owned by rock ‘n’ roll legend John Lennon and was featured in the 1972 documentary film Imagine.

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Driven: 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab

2016 Tacoma with TRD Off-Road package during recent media event in Phoenix | Mark Elias Media Services photo
2016 Tacoma with TRD Off-Road package during recent media event in Phoenix | Mark Elias Media Services photo

We were so eager for our time with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we being one of my sons-in-law, one of my grandsons and me.

My son-in-law had owned a Toyota pickup when he was an undergrad at Arizona State University, and his truck carried him back and forth each school year from Seattle to Tempe. An MBA, nice career in finance and a family later, he’s been thinking it’s about time to swap his aging Corolla for something new, maybe another truck. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1964 Cheetah

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1964 Cheetah | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 20th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson, this 1964 Cheetah, No. 006, was built for competition at Bill Thomas Race Cars in Anaheim, California.

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