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Author Archive: Larry Edsall

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 writing for ClassicCars.com, Larry oversees automotive enthusiast website iZoom.com, writes a weekly feature for The Detroit News, writes occasional articles for the The New York Times, and teaches as an adjunct member of the faculty at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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It’s Christmas in July as Monterey catalogs arrive

It’s Christmas in July as Monterey catalogs arrive

Some people have to wait until sometime around Thanksgiving for their “wish books” to arrive. At least that’s what we used to call them, those holiday shopping catalogs we’d thumb through so eagerly, thinking how wonderful it would be to possess such products. But classic car enthusiasts don’t have to be nearly so patient. We […]

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
‘Grand Prix’ among features at Monterey film festival

‘Grand Prix’ among features at Monterey film festival

The second annual AutoMoto International Film & Arts Festival is scheduled for August 14-17 at two venues in Monterey, California — the Golden State Theater and the Monterey Marriott. The schedule includes screenings of new and classic movies, appearances by motorsports legends and a live “CarCast” podcast by Adam Carolla. “Building on the momentum from […]

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Buyers go for ‘imports’ at RM’s Motor City sale

Buyers go for ‘imports’ at RM’s Motor City sale

RM Motor City 2014 at a glance Total sales $7.42 million Catalog 77 automobiles 1 boat Sell-through rate 77 percent High sale $495,000 1911 Mercedes 38/70 HP seven-passenger Touring Next 9 price range $220,000 to $352,000 Next auction August 15-16 in Monterey, California Imported classics, not made-in-Detroit cars, dominated sales at RM’s 20th anniversary Motor […]

By July 30, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: RM Motor City auction preview

Eye Candy: RM Motor City auction preview

Photos by Larry Edsall Classic car auction previews attract at least two groups of people: People with bidder numbers who are examining the cars before bidding on them, and the rest of us, who are there because it’s an amazing opportunity to get close to some incredible cars we might otherwise rarely see. This is […]

By July 30, 2014 Read More →
35 years later, Rob Myers isn’t ready for restoration, he just needs the next deal to do

35 years later, Rob Myers isn’t ready for restoration, he just needs the next deal to do

Rob Myers vividly remembers the first time he took a car he restored to a classic car auction: “I brought my ’57 Cadillac Biarritz convertible to Auburn, Indiana,” Myers said, adding that at the time, such cars were selling at the auction for upward of $50,000. “I had 20 into mine and I’m thinking, ‘I’m […]

Eye Candy: RM Museum

Eye Candy: RM Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Interesting geographic oddity: Canada may be America’s neighbor to the north, unless you live in or near Detroit. From the Motor City, you have to go south, not north, to reach Windsor, gateway to Ontario, which means crossing the Detroit River by boat, bridge or tunnel. Once in Windsor, you can […]

By July 29, 2014 Read More →
Duesenberg, Bugatti take best-in-show at Detroit’s concours

Duesenberg, Bugatti take best-in-show at Detroit’s concours

Two one-of-a-kind classics — the only 1932 Duesenberg Model J with a Murphy-built Convertible Victoria body and the only 1939 Bugatti T57C with coachwork by Voll & Ruhrbeck — took best-in-show honors Sunday in the 36th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which was held for the fourth time at The Inn at St. John’s in […]

By July 28, 2014 Read More →
Rockers Mason, Schon to join Jackie Stewart for seminars at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Rockers Mason, Schon to join Jackie Stewart for seminars at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

They won’t be in concert, but Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Neal Schon, guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, co-founder of Journey and guitarist with Santana, will discuss the connection between music and cars during a Rock n’ Roll themed conversation during The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 15 on the Monterey Peninsula. Another […]

By July 28, 2014 Read More →
LeMay museum offers two free drive-in movie nights

LeMay museum offers two free drive-in movie nights

It will be drive-in movie night this Saturday, and again August 16, at LeMay — America’s Car Museum. Oh, and the movies can be viewed at no charge, and with the Tacoma skyline and Puget Sound in the background. The feature this weekend is Smokey and the Bandit. On August 16, American Graffiti that will […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →
Mystery solved, and World War I veteran Cadillac takes its place on the National Historic Vehicle Registry

Mystery solved, and World War I veteran Cadillac takes its place on the National Historic Vehicle Registry

It took nine years, but “he solved a mystery.” This is how Christie Lassen explains her husband’s quest to discover the story of a car that he bought and which now has become the fourth vehicle included in the new National Historic Vehicle Register, a project of the Historic Vehicle Association and the U.S. Department […]