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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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ELK Charity Challenge: Generous people doing good

ELK Charity Challenge: Generous people doing good

’50 Philanthropists, 3 Charities, 1 Reason.” That is the tagline on the home page of the ELK Charity Challenge, a 7-day, 1,000-mile automotive adventure held last week. The E L K in the event’s name is shorthand for Everyone Loves Kids, and the reason for the event was to help make a better life for […]

By May 26, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Student-organized car show at Yosemite High School, Oakhurst CA

Eye Candy: Student-organized car show at Yosemite High School, Oakhurst CA

Photos by Larry Edsall For the past eight years, students at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, California, have organized a car show. But the streak was going to end this spring, at least it was until seniors Ryan Losee and Evan Parker made the show their mission. Parker got things started but then Losee took […]

By May 26, 2015 Read More →
High bids fall short but RM Sotheby’s still does nearly $30 million at Villa Erba

High bids fall short but RM Sotheby’s still does nearly $30 million at Villa Erba

With 33 of 38 vehicles selling — among the no-sales the highest bid of the auction — RM Sotheby’s annual Villa Erba sale, held in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, generated more than $29.9 million in two-and-a-half hours Saturday on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. As expected, Ferraris dominated the sale with […]

By May 24, 2015 Read More →
I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

Editor’s note: The National Geographic Channel’s two-hour special, Driving America, debuts on Memorial Day at 9 p.m. (EDT and PDT). It was more than a year ago that Matt Bennett called to discuss his latest wonderful yet wacky idea. He wanted to put me on television. Me, the guy with a great face for radio. […]

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car enthusiast, dies during California auto rally

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car enthusiast, dies during California auto rally

At dinner Friday evening, Margaret Dunning said that her bucket list was complete. The 104-year-old matriarch of the classic car community was in California to participate in the ELK Charity Challenge, a week-long driving event to raise money — tens of thousands of dollars — for three children’s charities, and earlier in the day she […]

Driven: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

Driven: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

More than a dozen times — on the hood, tailgate, steering wheel, on all four wheels, on both exterior mirrors, in the cloth covering the four primary seats, even on the sub-floor beneath the cargo area — FCA reminds you that this vehicle is, indeed, a Jeep. But wait, there’s more: You know the Jeep […]

Hagerty Market Rating reaches a new peak

Hagerty Market Rating reaches a new peak

The Hagerty Market Rating for May reported a record high of 72.05 on a 100-point scale. The algorithms used to determine the current health of the classic car marketplace point to the nicely increasing prices for what are considered “more affordably priced” cars and to an increase in private sales activity. In the past month, […]

By May 15, 2015 Read More →
Glenn Pray’s barn-found ’37 Cord going to auction

Glenn Pray’s barn-found ’37 Cord going to auction

To help fund his purchase of the remains of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company in 1960, Glenn Pray, an Oklahoma high school industrial arts teacher and auto enthusiast, sold his 1937 Cord Phaeton Model 812. The buyer was Jim Leake. Pray had purchased the Cord in 1953, had restored it and used it as his […]

Market report: Pickups really picking up in value

Market report: Pickups really picking up in value

‘There was a time when trucks were only used by collectors to tow a car to the show, but now they are seriously collectible in their own right,” McKeel Hagerty is quoted in a news release from the classic car insurance and vehicle price-guide publisher that bears his family’s name. Hagerty’s quote was part of […]

By May 15, 2015 Read More →
Round-the-world challenge showcases a century of automotive technology

Round-the-world challenge showcases a century of automotive technology

In 1915, the British military needed help. The Great War had broken out and the engines that powered British tanks produced so much smoke that enemy troops could see them from quite a distance. The military turned to Harry Ricardo for a solution. In 1915, the British military needed help. The Great War had broken […]

By May 15, 2015 Read More →