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My Classic Car: Keith’s 1968 Ford Thunderbird

My Classic Car: Keith’s 1968 Ford Thunderbird

We call her “Thelma, the Bad Bird.” Initially a docile 42,000-mile, one-owner car purchased in 1998, this original 1968 Magnolia Yellow Ford Thunderbird 429 landau coupe underwent a transformation to become a “ Bad Bird.” I put on a little more than 18,000 miles in 16 years that I owned the car. Modifications included Pertronix […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Carl’s 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire

My Classic Car: Carl’s 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire

I drove a 1961 Starfire for 30 years. I paid $75.00 for it because it didn’t run. When it got too hard to find parts, I parked it. Finally, the kids talked me into selling it. I knew I would cry. About 10 years later I retired and found a 1965 Starfire. I didn’t know […]

By July 30, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Don’s 1937 Ford

My Classic Car: Don’s 1937 Ford

It was my first car. This was a great car to have in high school. I bought it from the father of the girl I was going with at the time. He had won the car. This ’37 Ford was offered at the local carnival in Brookfield, Illinois in 1937. My girl’s father bought one […]

By July 27, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Concorso says ‘Viva Italia!’ during Monterey Classic Car Week

Concorso says ‘Viva Italia!’ during Monterey Classic Car Week

Photos by Bob Golfen Concorso Italiano is an unabashed celebration of Italian motoring and culture during Monterey Classic Car Week. The sweeping display included more than 800 great vintage and modern Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Lancias, DeTomasos, Bizzarrinis, racing specials, scooters and unique concepts from the great design houses of Italy. And one very-special […]

By August 23, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Photos by Bob Golfen  An older gentleman was sitting next to me Sunday on the shuttle bus as we left the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As we pulled away, he said, “That’s another one off my bucket list.” Indeed. For classic car enthusiasts, the Pebble Beach Concours does have the life-experience importance of such things […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Woodward Dream Cruise (part 2)

Eye Candy: Woodward Dream Cruise (part 2)

Photos by Kevin A. Wilson Editor’s note: This is the second of our pair of Eye Candy photo galleries from the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit’s northern suburbs. Here’s the link to the story we published about the event. Related Stories:

By August 20, 2014 Read More →

Features

First-time Pebble Beach Concours entrant checks a big one off the bucket list

First-time Pebble Beach Concours entrant checks a big one off the bucket list

I was standing in the back of a 1909 Pierce-Arrow getting my picture taken with Jay Leno sitting at the wheel, all the while thinking: Only at Pebble Beach! As a first-time entrant in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the Pierce-Arrow owned by my Dad, Monterey car week was much more than a brush […]

By August 22, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: DeLorean DMC-12

Pick of the Week: DeLorean DMC-12

Our technology guru at ClassicCars.com, Tony Perez, has a thing for DeLoreans. It’s those gullwing doors that get him, he freely admits. So in deference to Tony and all his fine work, I offer this classic piece of 1980s history, what appears to be a nicely preserved, low-mileage 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 being sold on ClassicCars.com by […]

By August 22, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Dream Cruise spans more than Woodward Ave., it’s a week-long carfest

Eye Candy: Dream Cruise spans more than Woodward Ave., it’s a week-long carfest

Photos by Kevin A. Wilson Nominally a one-day Saturday event, the Woodward Dream Cruise has, over the 20 years it has run annually, grown forward into a full week of car-related activity along what is officially a 16-mile route from Ferndale (a suburb immediately north of Detroit proper) to Pontiac. It also has spilled over […]

By August 19, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Scientists didn’t report any earthquakes last week on the Monterey Peninsula, but a tectonic shift took place and the aftershocks will reverberate throughout the classic car community for the foreseeable future. The obvious evidence came Sunday when those oh-so-proper, every-nut-and-bolt-must-be-factory-original judges at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awarded best-in-show accolades to a car built — […]

By August 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

I was following a low, curvaceous Maserati race car through the woods of Pebble Beach when a break in traffic allowed the driver to pick up the pace on the winding two-lane road. The bright-red sports racer echoed with an intoxicating roar as he stepped on the gas and shifted through the gears of the […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →
A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

Everything seemed pretty normal Sunday afternoon at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, until they announced the winner of Best of Show and the crowd knew that something momentous had just happened. This year, the judges’ choice for the top prize fell far afield from the convention established over decades, when you could pretty much count […]

By August 18, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Ford Falcon owner takes top honors at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Ford Falcon owner takes top honors at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Maserati was the featured marque and there was an amazing array — 550 “authentic and historic” racing cars in every class, — but it was a 1964 Ford Falcon that drove off with the Spirit of Monterey award from the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a vintage racing event […]

Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

The Steve McQueen magic was working again Saturday night when a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 originally owned by the King of Cool hammered sold for a solid $9,225,000 at RM Auctions Monterey sale. That was just above RM’s pre-auction low estimate for the Ferrari coupe, plus the 10 percent auction fee on top of that. […]

By August 17, 2014 Read More →
The Quail: A feast for the eyes and the belly

The Quail: A feast for the eyes and the belly

Where else can you listen to triple F1 world champion Jackie Stewart and race car driver and TV host Alain de Cadenet casually chat about racing in front of 3,000 car enthusiast with some of the finest vintage and classic cars and motorcycles as a backdrop in an elegant garden party setting against the Santa […]

By August 17, 2014 Read More →
Tour d’Elegance completed, it’s time to head to the fairway at Pebble Beach

Tour d’Elegance completed, it’s time to head to the fairway at Pebble Beach

As first time entrants at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this week has delivered a bounty of wonderful experiences, and a few nervous moments. We pulled the 1909 Pierce-Arrow off the truck Wednesday and made sure everything was in order by driving around the corner to the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Thursday started early as […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →
Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsches are all over the Monterey Peninsula this week. One reason for that – beyond the booming popularity of 911s – was the inaugural Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion that took place Friday on a rolling golf course in Carmel. More than 500 Porsches, ranging from early 356 models to the latest performance cars, gathered […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →