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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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Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

I missed the first edition of Leo Levine’s Ford: The Dust and the Glory, A Racing History, though not by very much. I bought my second-printing copy in the summer of 1969 in a book store in Boston while we, fresh out of our respective colleges, were on our way home from honeymooning on Canada’s […]

By March 17, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Goodguys Spring Nationals

Eye Candy: Goodguys Spring Nationals

Photos by Larry Edsall The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opened its 2014 calendar with its 5th annual Spring Nationals at the WestWorld complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., where more than 2,400 cars were on display. The three-day event was both show and go as it included the opening round of the Goodguys AutoCross, a timed […]

By March 15, 2014 Read More →
‘Rivisioned’ ’64 Buick captures hallowed Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama

‘Rivisioned’ ’64 Buick captures hallowed Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama

‘Rivision” is the name J.F. Launier gave to the highly customized and stunningly yellow 1964 Buick Riviera that his JF Kustoms of Osoyoos, British Columbia, unveiled at the recent Autorama show in Detroit. Autorama judges gave Launier and his car the award named for the late Don Ridler. The Ridler and the America’s Most Beautiful […]

By March 14, 2014 Read More →
Desert Concorso: A piece of Monterey, but modified for a different environment

Desert Concorso: A piece of Monterey, but modified for a different environment

In the early 1980s, the Maserati Club International held a concours and awards dinner at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley. A few years later, the club invited the Lamborghini Club to what had become Concorso Italiano, a “celebration of Italian style.” Soon, other marques joined the party, including the Ferrari Club, and by 2003 […]

Italian cars show and go at UK’s Brooklands circuits

Italian cars show and go at UK’s Brooklands circuits

The new Desert Concorso isn’t the only place Italian cars will be the featured attraction in the coming weeks. While the Concorso Italiano in the Desert is brand new, the annual Italian Car Day at the Brooklands museum and racing circuits in England stages its 28th annual show-and-go event May 3. The British event not […]

By March 13, 2014 Read More →
Corvette museum puts sinkhole survivors on display

Corvette museum puts sinkhole survivors on display

As work continues to stabilize the walls of the sinkhole and the spike-like red tower that soars with and through the roof of the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum, the five cars that have been removed from the hole have been put on display in the museum’s Exhibit Hall. Only four of the cars […]

By March 12, 2014 Read More →
Silver returns to Arizona for second sale of the season

Silver returns to Arizona for second sale of the season

Back in January, classic car collectors spent nearly $250 million at auctions in Arizona. Silver Auctions’ piece of that pie was a mere sliver — at $3.1 million it was less than 2 percent — and yet Mitch Silver was thrilled. “We were very, very happy with it,” the founder of Silver Auctions said as […]

By March 12, 2014 Read More →
Variety of makes, models, ages — and prices — at Auction America’s Fort Lauderdale sale

Variety of makes, models, ages — and prices — at Auction America’s Fort Lauderdale sale

OK, classic car hobbyists, now that we’ve seen what those who play in the deep end of the market are doing, it’s time for the rest of us to plunge into the auction pool. “We’ve had the opening auctions at Arizona and Amelia Island with the high-dollar stuff, and now we’re starting the ‘average’ collector […]

By March 11, 2014 Read More →
Auctions America to sell Littlefield Collection of historic military vehicles

Auctions America to sell Littlefield Collection of historic military vehicles

In what figures to be the largest sale of historic military vehicles since 2012, Auctions America will sell at no reserve more than 100 World War I through Afghanistan-era vehicles from the Littlefield Collection. Also to be offered at the auction July 11-12 will be various parts and accessories collected by the late Jacques Littlefield. […]

By March 11, 2014 Read More →
Future classic: Dodge Magnum

Future classic: Dodge Magnum

First of all, yes, it had a Hemi. Secondly, it wasn’t a sport utility vehicle, though it was just as roomy inside. Instead, it was an amazing stylish station wagon — that’s right, an old-fashioned station wagon — but with a very contemporary, almost exotic, out-of-my-way-peasant presence as it filled a rearview mirror and intimidated […]

By March 10, 2014 Read More →