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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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Two pre-war racers each top $2 million mark at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

Two pre-war racers each top $2 million mark at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

A pair of historic racing cars brought the biggest money at Bonham’s recent and record-setting auction at the Goodwood Revival. The 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide sports racing two-seater known as ‘EPE 97’ and raced in major pre-war events by the Fox & Nicholl team set a record for a Lagonda sold at auction, bringing more […]

By September 16, 2014 Read More →
Taxi squad: New company specializes in restoration of Checker cars

Taxi squad: New company specializes in restoration of Checker cars

Steve Contarino has always had a fondness for Checkers, a passion he traces to his childhood when his father drove a Checker cab in Massachusetts. Now that passion is turning into a business with the launch of Checker Motor Cars, which at first will restore and sell classic Checkers, but which Contarino hopes will someday […]

By September 15, 2014 Read More →
John Moir’s A-to-Z and Jeffrey Day collections heading to RM sale at Hershey Fall Meet

John Moir’s A-to-Z and Jeffrey Day collections heading to RM sale at Hershey Fall Meet

Cars from two very specialized collections will be offered during RM Auctions’ annual sale at the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Eastern Division Fall Meet, October 9-10 at Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Cars of John Moir Jr. will include 37 vehicles, many of them part of Moir’s unique A-to-Z Collection. More than 50 cars also […]

By September 15, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Eye Candy: GM Heritage Center

Eye Candy: GM Heritage Center

  Photos by Larry Edsall The building is your typical suburban light industrial-park structure, a big, nondescript, uninviting and uninspiring box. If you can find it in the first place, there’s almost nothing that would cause you to take a second glance. Drive past with any speed and you won’t even notice the small sign […]

By September 13, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Mullins’ ‘Star of India’ Delahaye acclaimed best of the beauties at new French concours

Mullins’ ‘Star of India’ Delahaye acclaimed best of the beauties at new French concours

Concours d’Elegance is, after all, a French phrase, so perhaps it’s only fitting that Europe’s newest concours d’elegance was held in France. The inaugural La Rencontre de l’art & de l’Elegance (Chantilly Arts and Elegance Concours d’Elegance) was held in the gardens of the Domaine de Chantilly and attracted some 10,000 visitors who came to […]

By September 10, 2014 Read More →
Ferraris draw big bids at RM London auction, but so do low-mileage original-condition cars

Ferraris draw big bids at RM London auction, but so do low-mileage original-condition cars

Ferraris, of course, led the way at RM’s annual London auction, staged in conjunction with the prestigious Concours of Elegance, but other classic and collector cars offered in original and low-mileage condition also did very well. The sale offered 80 earth-bound vehicles, plus one aerospace artifact. Sixty-nine of the ground-bound cars sold, an 86.25-percent sell-though, […]

By September 10, 2014 Read More →
Only at the Gilmore: Disney movie set, wood car tires

Only at the Gilmore: Disney movie set, wood car tires

As you may have noticed through the series of Eye Candy photo galleries we’ve been presenting, the Gilmore Car Museum is known for its classic cars and its historic barns, but there are at least two other things that make the place unique. The one for which it is most widely known is for being […]

By September 9, 2014 Read More →
Breaking news: Rick Cole Auctions reports $23-million post-Monterey deal for Ferrari 410

Breaking news: Rick Cole Auctions reports $23-million post-Monterey deal for Ferrari 410

Late Monday evening, Rick Cole Auctions announced four additional vehicle sales in the aftermath of its recent Monterey auction. The sales include a $23 million transaction for the 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport and a $9.725 million deal resulting in the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB. Cole’s company also said it has completed […]

By September 8, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: The cars of Kalamazoo

Eye Candy: The cars of Kalamazoo

Photos by Larry Edsall Seemingly everyone knows that Checkers, best known for their ubiquitous taxi cabs, were built in Kalamazoo, Michigan. And you may have seen a Dort, a Michigan or a Roamer at a car show. But did you know that 17 brands of automobiles were produced in Kalamazoo? You do if you’ve visited […]

By September 8, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Eye Candy: Hudsons at the Gilmore Auto Museum

Eye Candy: Hudsons at the Gilmore Auto Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall How many Hudson museums do we need? The more the merrier it seems. Foremost, there’s Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana, which houses the world’s largest collection of Hudson vehicles. A Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Historical Society brochure also points to cars on display at the Hartford Heritage Auto Museum in Wisconsin and […]

By September 7, 2014 1 Comment Read More →