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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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Eye Candy: Town Cars at the Petersen museum

Eye Candy: Town Cars at the Petersen museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Have you ever wondered how a place such as the Petersen Automotive Museum decides what exhibitions to undertake? We recently enjoyed an early Saturday morning visit to the museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, where marketing director — graduate of the Art Center and former automotive designer — Chris Brown […]

By May 10, 2014 Read More →
80 years ago, Citroen changed the way people drive

80 years ago, Citroen changed the way people drive

Today, front-wheel drive is the rule, not the exception, among the cars on the road. But it wasn’t always that way. Some auto racers had success in the 1920s with cars that were pulled rather than pushed, and there was the Cord L-29, a front-drive luxury car that was introduced at the end of that […]

Son of DAT: Nissan showcasing part of its heritage at Carlisle Import celebration

Son of DAT: Nissan showcasing part of its heritage at Carlisle Import celebration

Photos by Randy Sweetman courtesy Nissan North America Last year, to support Peter Brock’s appearance at the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals, Nissan North America took the Brock Racing Enterprises-liveried Datsun 510 that’s part of the automaker’s historic collection and hauled it from the basement of the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville to the Carlisle […]

By May 7, 2014 Read More →
Detroit carmakers don’t seem to care much about their heritage

Detroit carmakers don’t seem to care much about their heritage

Each day, I receive a Newspress email. Actually, two of them. One comes from England, the other from within the United States. Each Newspress email is a newsletter-style compilation of the press releases produced in the previous 24 hours by automakers on those two continents, including the respective European or American branches of Asian automakers. […]

Indy Speedway celebrates classic cars

Indy Speedway celebrates classic cars

There was a time when Indianapolis’ claim to being America’s “Motor City” seemed every bit as strong as Detroit’s. Sure, Detroit had Henry Ford and his Model T, but Indy had Duesenberg and Stutz and Marmon and National and others who specialized in luxury vehicles, plus a group of major, what now would be referred […]

By May 5, 2014 Read More →
Sam Posey to talk about forgotten racing series

Sam Posey to talk about forgotten racing series

The car he initially raced may have been among his least favorites, and the series in which he raced may have been motorsports’ best-kept secret, but that won’t stop Sam Posey from sharing stories about the F5000 series at the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, New York. Posey — racer, architect and […]

By May 5, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: American Driving Museum

Eye Candy: American Driving Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Earl Rubenstein and Stanley Zimmerman had more in common than a 40-year friendship and their love of classic cars. They disliked the “look but don’t touch” attitude many classic car owners displayed at shows and on driving tours. “Wouldn’t it be nice if people could get close to the cars?” they […]

By May 3, 2014 Read More →
RM offers ‘fantastic things’ at Monaco auction

RM offers ‘fantastic things’ at Monaco auction

Wouldn’t you just hate to work for RM Auctions? Each May, on an alternating basis, you face having to travel either to picturesque Lake Como in northern Italy or to the Principality of Monaco on the shores of the Mediterranean. Of course, there’s a lot of work to do while you’re there, organizing a major […]

By May 2, 2014 Read More →
400-plus Scotti Collection on the block at Auburn

400-plus Scotti Collection on the block at Auburn

How long does it take to transport more than 400 classic cars from Montreal to northwest Indiana? “We’ve been transporting cars since December,” Auctions America car specialist Gord Duff said in late April of the John Scotti Collection that will be offered at no reserve during the annual Auburn Spring sale. Scotti owns more than […]

By May 2, 2014 Read More →
Real, pseudo Cadillacs top Leake auction at Dallas

Real, pseudo Cadillacs top Leake auction at Dallas

Leake’s revived Dallas Spring auction posted $5.5 million in sales with 64 percent of the 434 lots going to new owners. “As the collector car market continues to thrive, Dallas has become an emerging market for new collectors,” Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction Company, said in a news release. “This is the first Dallas […]

By May 2, 2014 Read More →