Classic cars provide family fun at Hagerty’s first fest

Everyone smiles when it's family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos
Everyone smiles when it’s family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos

This might be the ultimate endorsement for the classic car hobby: Entire families — children and parents and grandparents alike — putting down their smart phones to participate in the joy of driving.

“We had children as young as 2 in pedal cars, and 60 and 70-year-olds in gas-powered cycle cars,” Tabetha Hammer, senior manager for car culture for Hagerty, said after the classic car insurance and value-tracking company staged its first Family Car Fest. Continue reading

Driven: 1942 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Club Sedan

1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM's revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos
1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM’s revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos

For automotive purists, now might be the time to look away. That’s because standing right in front of you is the car that helped bring automatic shifting to the masses. While the sleek Art Deco exterior of this 1942 Oldsmobile is striking, it’s what connects car’s inline8-cylinder engine to the rear wheels that makes this truly an historic automobile. Continue reading

Driven: 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport

1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos

The 1950 Town & Country Newport coupe was the swan song for Chrysler’s wonderful wood-sided luxury cars. As some of the most expensive models in Chrysler’s lineup, these “woodies” were often the car of choice for celebrities and movie stars.

Yet, even the brightest name on the biggest marquee eventually fades away. By the time 1950 rolled around, the Town & Country’s time in the spotlight was drawing to a close. Ironically, despite being in its last year, Chrysler opted to roll out an entirely new variant. Continue reading

Driven: 1970 Buick Electra 225 Custom Limited Sport Coupe

1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos
1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos

Who doesn’t love the power and drama of a good, old-fashioned American muscle car? The genre always suggests images of wild racing stripes, ram air hood intakes, fat tires, and an engine bay bursting with a massive V8 engine.

So why are we so smitten with this big brown Buick? It’s definitely no Road Runner when it comes to visual impact – sorry, there is no SubLime green or Go ManGo paint job to be found here. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Buick Club of America 50th Anniversary National Meet

Just a section of the scene at the Buick Club of America's 50th anniversary Buick Nationals | Jed Rapoport photos
Just a section of the scene at the Buick Club of America’s 50th anniversary Buick Nationals | Jed Rapoport photos

The Buick Club of America celebrated its 50th anniversary last weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, a fitting location since Italian jeweler Nicola Bulgariis perhaps the most passionate Buick collector in the world. His just completed 27-acre complex was designed to host such events.

Some 635 vehicles were registered, though weather kept around 100 of them from making the trip to the four-day celebration with tours to local attractions, such as the manufacturing facilities of Martin Guitar and the America On Wheels museum. Buses also took club members as far afield as the AACA Museum in Hershey and to the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Continue reading