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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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Trucks and buses are big deal at 2015 Arizona auctions

Trucks and buses are big deal at 2015 Arizona auctions

One in a series of previews for the 2015 Arizona classic car auctions The big deal — and we mean that literally and figuratively — at the Arizona classic car auctions next week is the General Motors Futurliner that is being sold at Barrett-Jackson. The bright-red, bus-like vehicle has come to epitomize the Ron Pratte […]

By January 7, 2015 Read More →
Sensational Shelbys in Arizona auction spotlight

Sensational Shelbys in Arizona auction spotlight

One in a series of previews for the 2015 Arizona classic car auctions In this series of Arizona classic car auction previews, we’re trying not to duplicate the stories we’ve been sharing recently in the run up to the sale of the Ron Pratte’s collection at Barrett-Jackson. But today we have little other option, since […]

By January 6, 2015 Read More →
Cars made in Japan moving from niche to mainstream with collectors

Cars made in Japan moving from niche to mainstream with collectors

One in a series of previews for the 2015 Arizona classic car auctions They are the Big 3 of collectible Japanese-produced classic cars, and one of each will be offered for sale at the Arizona auctions this month. They are the Toyota 2000GT, the Mazda Cosmo and the Nissan Skyline. But perhaps just as newsworthy […]

Driven: 2015 Infiniti QX60

Driven: 2015 Infiniti QX60

I’ll admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I was informed I’d be allowed to spend a week in the 2015 Infiniti QX60. I blame my confusion on Infiniti’s vehicle naming system. Everything now is a Q-something. Cars are Q followed by numbers. And sometimes the numbers are followed by additional letters. […]

By January 5, 2015 Read More →
Ferraris figure to remain red hot at Arizona auctions

Ferraris figure to remain red hot at Arizona auctions

One in a series of previews for the 2015 Arizona classic car auctions During the 2013-14 classic car auction season, 100 cars hammered sold for prices of $1,897,500 or more worldwide. Of those 100 cars, 48 were Ferraris. But here’s an even more impressive statistic: Of the 20 cars hammered sold for prices of $6,160,000 […]

By January 4, 2015 Read More →
Gone, but certainly not forgotten

Gone, but certainly not forgotten

Twenty fourteen was a wonderful year for the classic car community, but it also was a time of some sadness as some of our favorite people left us: Mike Alexander, hot rod builder John Bishop, racing executive Jack Brabham, racer Harold Coker, vintage tire company founder Mary Davis, racer and Portifino hotel founder Victor Elmaleh, […]

By January 1, 2015 Read More →
Centennials not likely to be widely celebrated in 2015

Centennials not likely to be widely celebrated in 2015

On December 10, 1915, the one-millionth car produced by the Ford Motor Company rolled away from the assembly line at Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant on the Detroit River just south of Dearborn. However, there was no celebration. Here’s how The Ford Times would remember the event: “With twenty-five assembly plants… and with a big […]

By January 1, 2015 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 2 — Sinkhole swallows museum’s Corvettes

2014 top stories: No. 2 — Sinkhole swallows museum’s Corvettes

At 5:44 a.m. on the morning of February 12, 2014, officials at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, were alerted by the museum’s security company that motion detectors had triggered an alarm within the Skydome, a cone-shaped structure that housed the Corvette Hall of Fame plaques as well as an array of historic […]

By December 30, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
‘First rock’ cast as sinkhole fill-in is underway

‘First rock’ cast as sinkhole fill-in is underway

They cast the “first rock” Monday at the National Corvette Museum, where executive director Wendell Strode led a group hurling stones into the sinkhole beneath the museum’s Skydome. Strode inscribed his rock, “Awesome God, Everyone Safe,” before hurling it into the hole. “The good Lord let it happen,” Strode said before pitching his rock. “It […]

By December 30, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Eye Candy: Parade d’Pratte delivers car collection to Barrett-Jackson

Eye Candy: Parade d’Pratte delivers car collection to Barrett-Jackson

Photos by Nicole James and Larry Edsall  Call it the Parade d’Pratte. It took 10 trucks, most of them big Reliable rigs supplemented by a few smaller flatbeds, as well as a police escort up the 101 freeway from Chandler to Scottsdale, to deliver the creme of Ron Pratte’s car collection WestWorld. There, the cars […]

By December 30, 2014 Read More →