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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 be 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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John Moir Jr.’s automotive alphabet

John Moir Jr.’s automotive alphabet

After John Moir Jr. had acquired cars beginning with A, B and C, Heather, his wife of 52 years, joked that he may as well complete the alphabet. Heather’s joke became John’s mission and he did, indeed, complete a 26-vehicle alphabet collection. Now those cars will be offered — and in alphabetical order — at […]

By October 1, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Mark Trimble’s historic outboard motor collection

Eye Candy: Mark Trimble’s historic outboard motor collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Ole used his row boat to court Bess, who lived across the lake in Wisconsin. One Fourth of July, the ice cream Ole was carrying in his boat melted before he reached Bess’s family’s dock. Embarrassed, Ole rowed home, where he took a small engine he’d already built, added a shaft […]

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: 18th annual Orphan Car Show

Eye Candy: 18th annual Orphan Car Show

Photos by Larry Edsall Who got you interested in classic cars? Sam Haberman remembers, and he’s returned the favor. Haberman, who lives in Birmingham, Michigan, remembers being 15 years old when his 20-year-old cousin, Gerald Mitchell, let him drive his MG-TD. Yes, Haberman was too young to have a driver’s license, but driving his cousin’s […]

By September 27, 2014 Read More →
Maserati celebrates its centennial

Maserati celebrates its centennial

On a straight stretch of roadway near Cremona, Italy, Baconin Borzacchini set Maserati’s first world speed record, driving a 16-cylinder Maserati V4 to an average of 246 kilometers an hour (nearly 154 miles per hour) to set a Flying 10K record that stood for the following eight years. That was on September 28, 1929 — […]

By September 24, 2014 Read More →
’73 Trans Am drives off with ‘best of’ honors at AutoFair

’73 Trans Am drives off with ‘best of’ honors at AutoFair

A 1973 Pontiac Trans Am was declared best of show at the AutoFair at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The car is owned by Charlotte resident Mark Brantley, who noted that his first car also was a Trans Am. Cars from nearly 50 car clubs were eligible for honors at the AutoFair. Brantley […]

By September 23, 2014 Read More →
Mother Road Trip: Route 66 Motor Tour hopes to generate funds for restoration projects

Mother Road Trip: Route 66 Motor Tour hopes to generate funds for restoration projects

After helping turn Michigan’s Old U.S. 27 into “the other Route 66,” Craig Parrish is turning his attention to the real Mother Road. From October 8 through 19, Parrish and a group of Route 66 experts will lead a cross-country driving tour to raise money to fund a variety of small-town preservation efforts along the […]

By September 22, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
Eye Candy: Studebaker National Museum

Eye Candy: Studebaker National Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Although the Studebaker National Museum didn’t open until the autumn of 2005, its collection traces to the late 19th Century when Clement Studebaker had the foresight to purchase a couple of historic horse-drawn carriages. One had been commissioned by the U.S. government to take Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, […]

By September 20, 2014 Read More →
Want your own car company? Cord trademarks for sale

Want your own car company? Cord trademarks for sale

What’s more rare than owning a classic car? How about owning the rights to a classic car company’s name, indeed, to its very trademark? The rights to the trademarks for Cord Automobile, the keystone in Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, are being offered for sale until October 22, at which point, if they have not been purchased, they will […]

By September 19, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Museum showcases Alaska’s extreme challenges to early motorists

Museum showcases Alaska’s extreme challenges to early motorists

‘Extreme Motoring: Alaska’s First Automobiles and Their Dauntless Drivers” is the title of a new exhibit that runs through March 30, 2015, at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks. The exhibit is designed to take museum visitors back to the days of the Last Frontier following the Alaskan gold rush. The first motorcars arrived […]

By September 19, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Porsche reveals secret concepts, prototypes at museum exhibition

Porsche reveals secret concepts, prototypes at museum exhibition

‘Project: Top Secret” is the title of the newest special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, where 16 vehicles – most of which have never been shown before – will be on display through January 11, 2015. The vehicles include previously secret concepts, camouflaged prototypes and one-of-a-kind cars created for experimental testing and record […]

By September 18, 2014 Read More →