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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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Upgrade envy or retrograde envy, which is your motivation for buying yet another car?

Upgrade envy or retrograde envy, which is your motivation for buying yet another car?

Automotive News, the newspaper that covers the global new-car industry, republished a story last week from Bloomberg under the title of “Upgrade envy has drivers trading in cars as often as iPhones.” Not being familiar with the term “upgrade envy,” I read far enough into the text to learn that people are trading in their […]

Senator’s car collection headed to auction

Senator’s car collection headed to auction

“What did the President know and when did he know it?” 
— Sen. Howard Baker during the Watergate hearings Six classic cars owned by Sen. Baker are coming up for auction March 14, so it might be appropriate to ask: What cars did Sen. Baker drive and when did Sen. Baker drive them? Turns out, […]

Eye Candy: Arizona Automobile Hobbyist Council car show

Eye Candy: Arizona Automobile Hobbyist Council car show

Photos by Larry Edsall Who has your back? In 1973, the federal Environmental Protection Agency was pushing for regulations that would require emission-restricting equipment on all vehicles, new or old. Here in Arizona, seven car clubs got together, united their efforts and convinced the state legislature to exempt cars produced before 1967 from having to […]

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Leake opens auction season with $6.8 million OKC sale

Leake opens auction season with $6.8 million OKC sale

Leake Auction Company opened its 2015 season by attracting a record crowd last weekend to Cox Pavilion at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, where 428 vehicles crossed the two-lane auction block. Seventy-one percent of those vehicles sold for a combined $6.8 million. “The Oklahoma City auction was a thundering success,” Richard Sevenoak, president of the Leake […]

By February 27, 2015 Read More →
JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

As part of its centennial celebration, JC Whitney, the gigantic auto parts and accessories company, has searched the archives of its catalogs to find the 10 oddest auto accessories it ever has offered. “As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, it’s only natural to look back at some of the classics found in our catalog,” company […]

By February 26, 2015 16 Comments Read More →
Photographer Michael Furman to host Simeone Demonstration Day

Photographer Michael Furman to host Simeone Demonstration Day

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia is doing something a little different for its monthly Demonstration Day in February. Famed automotive photographer Michael Furman will be the host this Saturday (February 28). He will share a short educational program inside the museum about the four cars selected for their sensational design. Then, weather permitting, […]

By February 26, 2015 Read More →
Think pink! Beaulieu museum plans Simply Pink rally

Think pink! Beaulieu museum plans Simply Pink rally

England’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu will stage a rally May 31 open to any vehicle, as long as that car or truck or van is pink, or even rose, lilac or lavender in color. The Simply Pink rally is being done to support the Breast Cancer Campaign. “Pink has long had a cult following […]

By February 25, 2015 Read More →
Silverstone claims four records at Race Retro auction

Silverstone claims four records at Race Retro auction

Silverstone Auctions opened its 2015 calendar with a 78 percent sell-through, total sales of some $5.6 million and a claimed four world auction record prices at its Race Retro sale last weekend at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry, England. Silverstone claimed record prices for a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, sold for $313,170 with a matching five-piece set […]

By February 24, 2015 Read More →
Mazda gets ‘central feature’ display at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mazda gets ‘central feature’ display at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Many classic car events, from concours to vintage races, designate a featured marque, focusing attention on a particular automaker and its historic vehicles, perhaps Porsche or Duesenberg or the designs by Pininfarina. At the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, they have a Central Feature, a spectacular Ferris-wheel-sized piece of art that literally elevates automobiles as […]

By February 23, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Squire prototype, company rights offered in private sale

Squire prototype, company rights offered in private sale

Three years ago, a 1937 Squire 1 1/2-liter drophead coupe with English Corsica bodywork sold at the RM Auctions sale at Amelia Island for $990,000. Now, and after some 20 years in storage, a prototype for the supercharged Squire Eight has emerged and is being offered for sale. This car is just the prototype, but […]

By February 23, 2015 1 Comment Read More →