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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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Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Orange County may be the sweet spot within Southern California’s classic and exotic car culture, but it has been a very tough nut — well, actually, a tough-skinned fruit — for classic car auction houses to crack. “It’s arguably the car Mecca of the planet,” said Drew Alcazar, founder of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile […]

By June 2, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Montana Auto Museum

Eye Candy: Montana Auto Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall When I was a kid, the prison at Deer Lodge, Montana, was just that — a prison. I know, because my Grandfather helped put it back together after a riot in 1959 that cost the life of a guard. My Grandfather had just retired as the warden at the Old Joliet […]

By May 31, 2014 Read More →
Ex-Bob Pond Collection to be offered at Auctions America’s 2nd Burbank sale

Ex-Bob Pond Collection to be offered at Auctions America’s 2nd Burbank sale

More than 60 vehicles from the former collection of the late Palm Springs car collector Bob Pond will be among the 400 classic cars crossing the block at Auctions America’s second annual California sale, August 1-2 in Burbank. The cars from the former Pond Collection will include the 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible featured in the […]

By May 28, 2014 Read More →
Star cars: Classic commercial vehicles featured at Packard Proving Grounds

Star cars: Classic commercial vehicles featured at Packard Proving Grounds

Historic commercial vehicles will be the stars next month at the annual Cars ‘R’ Stars show at the historic Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township just north of Detroit. Among the featured vehicles expected are a 1937 Ford Texaco Tanker; a 1947 Chevrolet used by the famed Michigan soda pop bottler, Vernor’s; a 1920 Ford […]

By May 26, 2014 Read More →
Rick Cole returns to Monterey, but with a new twist on the classic car auction

Rick Cole returns to Monterey, but with a new twist on the classic car auction

Nearly 30 years ago, Rick Cole had “a crazy idea.” His idea was to stage a classic car auction in conjunction with the Monterey Historics vintage races and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Cole, who regularly drove in those races, noticed how his fellow racers were buying and selling cars among themselves in the Laguna […]

By May 23, 2014 Read More →
Designer updates a classic BMW

Designer updates a classic BMW

Although this day job is designing Riva yachts, David Obendorfer is intrigued by classic cars, especially those that have become icons of design. What Obendorfer likes to do is to see if he can reinterpret such designs so yesterday’s cars might fit into today’s — and tomorrow’s — driving environment. Obendorfer’s latest project is the […]

Bonhams’ annual all-Aston auction totals $14.6 million

Bonhams’ annual all-Aston auction totals $14.6 million

Bonhams’ 15th annual auction at the Aston Martin Works in England sold a record 50 cars, plus more than 100 lots of automobilia, for $14.6 million. “The sale has been one of surprise and delight,” said James Knight, Bonhams group motoring director, “from selling a DB5 Sports Saloon project at four times its estimate to […]

By May 19, 2014 Read More →
Do you ever do embarrassing things while driving or parking your classic car?

Do you ever do embarrassing things while driving or parking your classic car?

So, a news release arrives from the insurance.com website, which did a survey of 2,000 drivers — 1,000 men and 1,000 women — who were asked to share their biggest driving embarrassments or, to put it another way, their most “awkward driving flubs.” Here are the top 10 “awkward driving flubs”: Forgot where they parked […]

Auburn Spring sets records for Auctions America

Auburn Spring sets records for Auctions America

With an 87-percent overall sell-through rate — a particularly strong figure for a sale that included 760 vehicles — Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event in northwestern Indiana generated $19.1 million through the sale of 629 cars, 10 motorcycles and 246 articles of nostalgia. Auctions America Auburn Spring 2014 Total sales $19.1 million Catalog 760 automobiles […]

By May 16, 2014 Read More →
Mercedes sending historic cars to Nurburgring vintage races

Mercedes sending historic cars to Nurburgring vintage races

Mercedes-Benz Classic continues its celebration of 120 years of Mercedes-Benz racing history May 30-June 1 when it sends several cars to the Historic Trophy Nurburgring 2014 vintage races. The Mercedes contingent includes cars that won the first race ever at the now-famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany’s Eifel region as well as one that won the […]

By May 15, 2014 Read More →