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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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‘Family’ cars do very well at RM’s Hershey auction

‘Family’ cars do very well at RM’s Hershey auction

This being Hershey, not Monterey, the catalog for the annual RM Auction was packed with pre-war classics, not Ferraris and similar multi-million-dollar sports cars. Nonetheless, the sale generated $14,074,250 in transactions and a very strong 93-percent sell-through rate. “We’re ecstatic about the results,” RM car specialist Gord Duff said in a post-event news release. The […]

By October 13, 2014 Read More →
Porsche racing reunion returns to Laguna Seca in 2015

Porsche racing reunion returns to Laguna Seca in 2015

The fifth Rennsport Reunion, the huge gathering of Porsche race cars and drivers held once every three years, will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next fall. The dates are October 9-15, 2015. Rennsport Reunion IV also was held at the historic track on California’s Monterey Peninsula. “While the Rennsport name from the beginning has […]

By October 13, 2014 Read More →
‘Movie Night in Paris’ is theme of Artcurial auction

‘Movie Night in Paris’ is theme of Artcurial auction

Artcurial Motorcars’ annual Automobiles sur les Champs auction is being subtitled “Movie Night in Paris” this year. The sale, to be held November 2, will feature 80 cars, including the 1969 Morgan 4/4 driven by Gerard Depardieu in the 1974 film Les Valseuses and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 much like the one Bond, James […]

By October 10, 2014 Read More →
Preservationists reign at Bonhams’ Simeone sale

Preservationists reign at Bonhams’ Simeone sale

What some consider to be America’s first sports car, a 1907 American Underslung 50HP Roadster, sold for an auction-record price at Bonhams’ third-annual “Preserving the Automobile” sale, again held at and in conjunction with the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. The museum has been in the forefront of the movement to preserve rather than restore […]

By October 9, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: Corvette history in intimate detail

Bookshelf: Corvette history in intimate detail

The Classic Car Bookshelf Corvette — America’s Star-Spangled Sports Car: The Complete History, 1953-1982 by Karl Ludvigsen Published 2014 Publisher Bentley Publishers Format Hardcover Pages 784 ISBN 9780837616599 Purchase Amazon In 1973, Karl Ludvigsen wrote the Star-Spangled Sports Car, a ground-breaking history of a single automotive model, the Chevrolet Corvette. Four years later, the man […]

By October 9, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Summit to the Sea drive takes classics from Yosemite to the ocean at Morro Bay

Summit to the Sea drive takes classics from Yosemite to the ocean at Morro Bay

A car-guy friend just got back from running a marathon. Amazingly, even some car people think running 26 miles, 385 yards instead of driving that distance makes sense. But at least the marathon he chose to run was in St. George, Utah, where the course is pretty much downhill from the starting line to the […]

By October 8, 2014 Read More →
With Petersen closed for reconstruction, groups of its cars will be parking at the Reagan Library

With Petersen closed for reconstruction, groups of its cars will be parking at the Reagan Library

Hollywood, History and Heads of State are the themes for three displays of cars that opening soon at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. The cars will be coming from nearby Los Angeles, where most of the Petersen Automotive Museum will be closed during a massive renovation project. “This partnership with The Petersen Museum […]

Lake Garnett racing revival recalls heyday of U.S. sports car competition

Lake Garnett racing revival recalls heyday of U.S. sports car competition

From 1959 through 1972, the Sports Car Club of America staged races around the lake, races that drew more than 60,000 spectators to watch the likes of Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney and other leading racers competing in Ferraris, Maseratis, Healeys and… Guess what, we’re not talking about Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin but Lake Garnett […]

By October 7, 2014 Read More →
Dragone auction features Mercer Runabout, vehicles from Thrall Collection

Dragone auction features Mercer Runabout, vehicles from Thrall Collection

The Dragone family of Westport, Connecticut, was among the pioneers in American car collecting. When Peter Dragone returned from World War II, where he was a decorated U.S. Army aircraft mechanic, he and his three brothers started buying and selling used cars and restoring and selling classics. Before long, Dragone Classic Cars was a well-established […]

By October 7, 2014 Read More →
Simeone museum will exercise NASCAR race cars

Simeone museum will exercise NASCAR race cars

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum not only displays some of the world’s most amazing vehicles, but from time to time takes them outside so they can demonstrate their aural and dynamic capabilities. The next such demonstration day is October 11, when NASCAR Racing Legends will be exercised between noon and 2 p.m. The star car […]

By October 6, 2014 Read More →