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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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Charlotte AutoFest to feature Pontiac GTO anniversary

Charlotte AutoFest to feature Pontiac GTO anniversary

The Pontiac GTO and the 50th anniversary of the launch of the American muscle car will be featured September 18-21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s AutoFair Fall Meet, where a dozen of very special “goats” will be housed in the Nationwide Insurance Pavilion. Among the rarest of GTOs on display will be the earliest known 1964 […]

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: American Legends — Hot Rods & Customs at the Gilmore Car Museum

Eye Candy: American Legends — Hot Rods & Customs at the Gilmore Car Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Through the end of this year, American Legends: Hot Rods & Customs is a special exhibition at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, where some of the country’s most famous rods and customs are set against a backdrop of artwork by Tom Fritz. Born and raised in hot rod […]

By August 31, 2014 Read More →
Corvette museum will refill sinkhole, restore three of the eight damaged cars

Corvette museum will refill sinkhole, restore three of the eight damaged cars

Despite hopes of keeping at least a portion of the sinkhole beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum available for viewing, the museum board decided Saturday that the cavern will be filled. “We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit […]

By August 30, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum

Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall When her husband retired in 1963, Geneieve Gilmore figured Donald might need a project to occupy his time, so she found a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration and gave it to him. Donald Gilmore hadn’t been a classic car enthusiast. He’d been too busy, first running the department store in Kalamazoo, […]

By August 30, 2014 Read More →
Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

A couple of years ago I was among those watching the unveiling of the latest Jaguar automobile and, like pretty much everyone else in the room, was stunned by the car’s beauty. While the car was stunning, its beauty was no surprise. This Jaguar was merely the most recent work produced by automotive artist Ian […]

By August 29, 2014 Read More →
Goodwood Revival salutes Jackie Stewart

Goodwood Revival salutes Jackie Stewart

The annual Goodwood Revival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Stewart’s “discovery” with a series of special parades during the British festival to honor the three-time World Driving Champion. After doing well in sports car races, Stewart was invited in 1964 to test a Formula 3 car at the Goodwood circuit. The test for […]

By August 28, 2014 Read More →
MGs star at Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car

MGs star at Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu held its fourth annual Simply Classics car show last weekend, though this time organizers changed the event’s name to Simply Classics & Sports Car. We’re not sure why the word “car” is singular — ah, those witty Brits! — but the idea was that in addition to traditional classic […]

By August 28, 2014 Read More →
Indiana history park to celebrate Festival of Machines that move us

Indiana history park to celebrate Festival of Machines that move us

Want to make your inaugural car show memorable? Offer rides in a two-seat Dallara Indy Car. That’s one of the features for the first Festival of Machines: A Celebration of Transportation to be held September 13-14 at Conner Prairie, an 800-acre interactive history park in Fishers, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. The park includes five […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →
Mitchell museum’s woodies, concept sell well at auction

Mitchell museum’s woodies, concept sell well at auction

The 27 vehicles disbursed in the recent Mitchell Car Museum auction (see our Eye Candy gallery and story) sold for more than $1.8 million, including $228,800 for the 1954 Dodge Granada concept car. A 1949 Buick Roadmaster woodie station wagon and a 1948 Pontiac Streamline woodie wagon each brought $165,000, while a 1904 Mitchell B2 […]

By August 26, 2014 Read More →
Breaking news: Completion of pending sales would supercharge Cole’s already-successful Monterey return

Breaking news: Completion of pending sales would supercharge Cole’s already-successful Monterey return

Not only did Rick Cole introduce new bidding technology to the classic car auction world with his bid-by-smart-phone sale on the Monterey Peninsula, he’s also changing the way results are reported. Here it is, more than a week after bidding ended and we still are unable to report final numbers from the sale. According to […]