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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 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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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 […]

By April 19, 2015 Read More →
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 →
Olds Homecoming moving to new location

Olds Homecoming moving to new location

June 20-21 will be a busy weekend for the staff of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan. The 23rd Oldsmobile Homecoming takes place June 20 at the State Secondary Complex on the west side of Michigan’s state capital city and the following day, two vehicles from the museum’s collection will be among 15 […]

By April 16, 2015 Read More →
Mecum moves more than $25 million in metal at Houston auction

Mecum moves more than $25 million in metal at Houston auction

Mecum Auctions sold 645 vehicles at its annual Houston sale last weekend for a total of more than $25 million. The sell-through rate was 70 percent of the more than 900 vehicles crossing the block. The high-dollar sale was a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton for $500,000 (prices are hammer sales and do not include […]

By April 15, 2015 Read More →
McPherson offers summer camp for car guys (and gals)

McPherson offers summer camp for car guys (and gals)

A few openings remain if you want to send not your child but yourself or your favorite car guy or gal to summer camp. OK, technically it’s the Auto Restoration Summer Institute at McPherson College in Kansas, but what it is a series of week-long and car-specific learning opportunities in: Automotive electrical systems Automotive paint […]

By April 15, 2015 Read More →
Last of Burt Reynolds’ Bandits on docket at Spring Carlisle Auction

Last of Burt Reynolds’ Bandits on docket at Spring Carlisle Auction

What is being billed as the “last” of Burt Reynolds’ “Bandit” Trans Am cars has been consigned to the Spring Carlisle Auction scheduled for April 23-24 at the Carlisle Expo Center in Pennsylvania. But didn’t Reynolds just sell his Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans Am at Julien’s Auctions event in Las Vegas back in […]

Driven: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C400

Driven: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C400

The driving position is terrific. And the driving itself is delightful, thanks in part to the steering and suspension set up and to a bi-turbocharged V6 engine that, when encouraged by your right foot, acts like a big-ol’ V8 as it provides an eager 329 horsepower and not only a wonderfully thrustful 354 pound-feet of […]

By April 14, 2015 Read More →
British auto history parades to Solihull

British auto history parades to Solihull

British automotive icons Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis were on hand Monday as some 40 historic and current Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles paraded into a revitalized Land Rover assembly plant at Solihull, UK, to celebrate the addition of Jaguars to the vehicles being built at the facility. Moss was among England’s most famous and […]

By April 13, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Stefan Marjoram illustrations for Andrews Collection auction catalog

Eye Candy: Stefan Marjoram illustrations for Andrews Collection auction catalog

Illustrations by Stefan Marjoram, courtesy RM Sotheby’s Those of us within the classic car community like to talk about automobiles as art. Rolling sculpture. Form with function. Aerodynamics and aesthetics. Proportion and propulsion. And remember, even da Vinci designed self-propelled motor vehicles centuries before they would be practical; Mona Lisa and the motorcar. The recent […]

By April 11, 2015 Read More →