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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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Goodguys cruise Phoenix-area specialty shops

Goodguys cruise Phoenix-area specialty shops

On the eve of their season-opening, three-day car show at the WestWorld complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., some 300 members of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association — early arrivals and area (at least wintertime) residents — gave their rods and customs and other classics a little exercise on a tour Thursday of Phoenix-area automotive specialty […]

By March 7, 2014 Read More →
Atlanta art museum to showcase ‘dream car’ design

Atlanta art museum to showcase ‘dream car’ design

Watch out Petersen and LeMay.  An art museum in Georgia in preparing an exhibit that rivals your efforts to showcase one major aspect of the story of the automobile. “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” which runs May 21 through Sept. 7 at the High Museum of Art, focuses on automotive design and concept cars […]

By March 7, 2014 Read More →
Badly damaged Corvette pace car pulled from sinkhole

Badly damaged Corvette pace car pulled from sinkhole

Turns out that crew that did the unexpected extraction Wednesday of a fourth car from the sinkhole beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Musuem wasn’t quite finished with its workday. After pulling out the “Millionth” Corvette, it went back into the hole to salvage the PPG Pace Car, a 1984 Corvette. “Well, the unexpected […]

Bookshelf: A boy, his dad, and an historic red racing car

Bookshelf: A boy, his dad, and an historic red racing car

The Classic Car Bookshelf The Little Red Racing Car: A Father / Son / Car Story by Dwight Knowlton Published 2013 Publisher Carpe Viam Format Hardcover Pages 52 ISBN 9780989294904 Purchase Amazon A family moves into a farm house and while Mom and Dad start to unpack, the Boy and his Dog head out to […]

By March 6, 2014 Read More →
Ranchero and El Camino ancestor, the Aussie ute, celebrates its 80th birthday

Ranchero and El Camino ancestor, the Aussie ute, celebrates its 80th birthday

In 1932, a letter was delivered Hubert French, managing director of Ford’s Australian assembly plant at Geelong, a city on Port Phillip Bay west of Melbourne. The letter was from a local farmer’s wife, who said she wasn’t comfortable riding in her husband’s truck. She wanted to know why someone couldn’t build a vehicle that […]

Surprise! Fourth Corvette emerges from sinkhole

Surprise! Fourth Corvette emerges from sinkhole

After sharing word yesterday that it could be awhile before a fourth car emerges from the Skydome sinkhole, the National Corvette Museum just announced that the “Millionth Corvette” is back above ground. Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out (now)” Danny Daniel of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction said. However, he added, […]

Third Corvette freed from sinkhole

Third Corvette freed from sinkhole

The National Corvette Museum reports that the third of eight Chevrolet Corvettes swallowed by a sinkhole beneath the museum’s Skydome was extracted Tuesday and will be put on display beside the others already rescued. Emerging Tuesday was a black 1962 Corvette. “I see body damage. The chassis looks intact, the frame’s not bent, the interior […]

By March 4, 2014 Read More →
McCormick’s, Leake open with strong sell-through rates

McCormick’s, Leake open with strong sell-through rates

Between them, they did $13.8 million in business, but the big news at McCormick’s annual spring auction at Palm Springs, Calif., and Leake’s annual season-opener at Oklahoma City was the sell-through rate. McCormick’s nearly 80 percent sell-thru was a company record. Leake also set a record — with total sales of $6.4 million — but […]

By March 4, 2014 Read More →
Chart provides entertaining perspective on what makes cars appealing at auction

Chart provides entertaining perspective on what makes cars appealing at auction

Did you know that 28 percent of the vehicles offered for auction in January at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale were red? Or that 19 percent were black? And if you add in the 16 percent that were blue, those three colors covered more than half the lots that crossed the block? But get this: Among the […]

By March 4, 2014 Read More →
Future classic: 1965 426-Hemi Dodge, Plymouth

Future classic: 1965 426-Hemi Dodge, Plymouth

Bob Golfen’s story last week on the ClassicCars.com Blog about the 50th anniversary of Chrysler’s 426 Hemi engine got us to thinking about the cars in which that engine first hit the road. That’s the road, not the race track. As Bob noted, the engine made its debut in 1964 with a 1-2-3 sweep of […]

By March 3, 2014 Read More →