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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State Univeristy.

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300SL ‘gullwing’ tops Coys at Techno-Classica sale

300SL ‘gullwing’ tops Coys at Techno-Classica sale

British auction house Coys termed “massive” the 8 million euros ($8.59 million) in sales at its annual auction at the Techno-Classica classic car show in Essen, Germany. “Both the market in general and ourselves were truly hearted to the great response… with all but a handful of cars selling to a large array of international […]

By April 24, 2015 Read More →
Leake draws overseas interest for its $6.3 million Dallas auction

Leake draws overseas interest for its $6.3 million Dallas auction

Leake Auction Company’s new partnership with high-end online auction house Proxibid drew bidders from seven foreign countries to Leake’s second annual Dallas auction last weekend. “This is only the second year for our spring auction and we exceeded our sales goals,” said Leake president Richard Sevenoaks. “Our new relationship with Proxibid proved to be very […]

By April 23, 2015 Read More →
Cruisin’ Nocona again features Vicari auction

Cruisin’ Nocona again features Vicari auction

The third annual Cruisin’ Nocoma classic car weekend is scheduled for May 7-9 in the historic north Texas town, and again the event includes an auction, this year of some 300 vehicles by the Louisiana-based Vicari Auction Company. Nocona was known for producing baseball gloves and cowboy boots, but like so many communities fell on […]

By April 23, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 4×2

Driven: 2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 4×2

I’ve criticized people who buy full-size sport utility vehicles for their facade of safety and security as being the same people who live in gated communities because they think a fence with a gate might deter a thief, when what it actually does is scream, “I have valuable stuff here!” “Gated communities on wheels,” I […]

Copperstate closeups: Delighting in the details

Copperstate closeups: Delighting in the details

Yesterday, Bob Golfen presented an Eye Candy gallery featuring the cars taking part this week in the 25th anniversary Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally. Today, I’m offering up three mini-galleries of vehicle details that caught my eye — and my camera lens — when the Copperstate contingent was assembled on the baseball field Sunday […]

By April 21, 2015 Read More →
Poetic gesture: Longfellow’s descendants make significant contribution to Owls Head museum

Poetic gesture: Longfellow’s descendants make significant contribution to Owls Head museum

One of the “jewels” of the car collection at the Owls Head Transportation Museum is a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost formerly owned by Alice Longfellow, daughter of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Francis Elizabeth (Appleton) Longfellow. And now a family that traces its lineage to the poet’s has made a major cash donation to the museum. The […]

By April 21, 2015 Read More →
Getting caught in the traffic of the generational shift

Getting caught in the traffic of the generational shift

So I thought I had a great idea for how to spend my Saturday in a meaningful way. My plan was to start the day at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the cars participating in the 25th annual Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally would be staged for the start of their four-day anniversary drive. From […]

By April 20, 2015 Read More →
Classic car pioneer Leo Gephart remembered

Classic car pioneer Leo Gephart remembered

Hemmings Classic Car once referred to Leo Gephart, who died this past week in Arizona at age 85, as “a Magellan of the collector-car world… the first automobile retailer in the United States to focus on old cars as collectibles” and “a pioneer in appraising antique automobiles for their collector-car market value.” “He’s basically the […]

Hagerty Index gains nearly a point in the last month

Hagerty Index gains nearly a point in the last month

After reporting a cooling trend a month ago, the Hagerty Market Rating is up nearly a point, “a significant increase in expert sentiment, largely motivated by private sales, robust middle market sales and rational auction bidders,” the company reported in its news release. Hagerty said contributors to the jump — from 70.90 in March to […]

By April 17, 2015 Read More →
David vs. Goliath is theme as Revs Institute opens its first multi-media exhibition

David vs. Goliath is theme as Revs Institute opens its first multi-media exhibition

The Revs Institute (nee Collier Collection) has opened its first multi-media exhibition — The Rivals: A Golden Moment in Grand Prix History. The exhibit features the Institute’s own Lancia D50 and the Mercedes-Benz W196 on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum. The subtitle for the exhibit is David vs. Goliath with […]

By April 16, 2015 Read More →