Bumps, bruises and teamwork deliver The Drive Home II

Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos
Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos

The Drive Home II, the second-annual promotional winter road trip cooked up by LeMay-America’s Car Museum and The North American International Auto Show, rolled into Detroit’s Cobo Hall Saturday evening after a 2,100-mile journey fraught with challenges.

Three classic cars – a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang – began the trip from Boston on December 28. Trailered behind the support vehicle was a fourth car, a 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5, formerly the property of J.D. Rockefeller. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Deborah’s 1934 Ford 3-window coupe

Found on ClassicCars.com and brought home from Florida  to Ontario
Found on ClassicCars.com and brought home from Florida to Ontario

In the summer of 2014, and very new to the computer, I came across the most beautiful thing I ever laid eyes on —a 1934 Ford Coupe, and I found her on this site, ClassicCars.com.

When reading more about her, she was residing in Florida. Now, it seemed a pipe dream to ever see her for real. But I showed my husband, never thinking he’d like her, too. Continue reading

First running prototype of Ford GT at Russo and Steele auction

The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos
The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos

If there ever was a car that deserved the title of “instant collectible,” it’s the Ford GT. Modeled after Ford’s all-conquering GT40 endurance racers of the 1960s, the cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and dominated the classic 24-hour race, the mid-engine Ford GT was produced for just two model years, 2005-2006.

Today, it is a star entry at collector car auctions, often selling for twice or more than its original retail price. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup

The red Ford F1 pickup looks appealingly original
The  64-year-old Ford F1 pickup looks appealingly original

The main photo of this bright-red vintage pickup truck standing in the snowy Vermont woods is almost too nostalgic to bear, a beautiful image for the Christmas week.

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup, a lovely short-bed that appears to be in exceptionally nice condition. Continue reading

The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run begins snowy trek in Boston

The 1961 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevrolet Nomad line up to begin the trip to Detroit | William Hall photos
The 1961 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevrolet Nomad line up to begin the trip to Detroit | William Hall photos

LeMay-America’s Car Museum, in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,  put three vintage cars on the harsh winter roads of New England today to start a 2,100 mile, classic car road rally to the Motor City.

“The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run” fleet consists of a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad and a 1966 Ford Mustang coupe. The bright-red classics were chosen for their representation of Detroit’s Big Three manufacturers, and the moving tribute to America’s automotive heritage is meant to remind us of the personality, ingenuity and dependability of Detroit Iron. Wannabe automakers Google and Apple should take note. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 9 – LeMay Museum’s The Drive Home

The LeMay Museum’s 1966 Ford Mustang, 1962 Chrysler 300G  and 1957 Chevy Nomad take a break in the snow | William Hall photos.
The LeMay Museum’s 1966 Ford Mustang, 1962 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevy Nomad take a break in the snow | William Hall photos.

When the LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, announced last December that it would be driving three classic American cars – a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1966 Mustang 289 Coupe, and a 1957 Chevy Nomad – 3,000 miles through winter weather to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, public reaction was fairly predictable.

Critics decried the perceived abuse of such fine vintage vehicles, and dismissed The Drive Home as a publicity stunt. Guilty: as a non-profit that relies on donations from private and corporate sponsors, this museum and others like it are always looking for ways to generate attention, goodwill and operating endowments to stay alive. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1932 Ford Highboy

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1932 Ford Highboy

It’s a dream for some to display a car in the SEMA Show – the time it takes to get the car there can be expensive and stressful, but it could be an extremely rewarding experience. Some cars are built to demonstrate various products, and are borrowed from private owners by the brands, while others are built by aftermarket companies specifically to show for the exposure.

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Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Ranchero

The Ford Ranchero was repainted in its blue-and-white factory colors
The Ford Ranchero was repainted in its blue-and-white factory colors

Model year 1959 was the unmitigated height of rococo styling for American automakers, who produced imaginative creations with towering tailfins and loads of chrome details. Over at Ford, the full-size Fairlane and upscale Galaxie 500 adhered to the trend in their own square-rigged fashion.

One grand recipient of all this ebullience was the once-humble Ranchero pickup, which for 1959 emerged with the full-bodied style of the Fairlane/Galaxie models, complete with their complex grille design, chrome accents and Ford’s unique interpretation of tailfins. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Ford Mustang

1971 Ford Mustang looks good for $21,995
1971 Ford Mustang looks good for $21,995

Back in the early 1970s, a man ran a stop sign and slammed into the left-rear quarter panel of my beloved 1969 Ford Mustang fastback as we were driving to dinner on a four-lane country road.

The man told the investigating police officer that his grandson was standing on the front seat and he realized that if he slammed on the brakes after seeing the stop sign, his grandson would have been flung into the windshield — which he was anyway during the resulting impact, fortunately suffering only a minor cut and some bruises. Continue reading

Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading