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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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Pick of the Day: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria

Pick of the Day: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria

One: I learned to drive on a red-and-white four-door 1957 Ford sedan with a V8 engine and three on the tree. Two: At some point in my childhood, I remember my grandfather owning a black-and-yellow ’57 Ford hardtop. Three: I’m a sucker for 1950s cars with fender skirts. Therefour (intentional misspelling), my Pick of the […]

By July 13, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCab

Driven: 2015 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCab

Last fall at the SEMA Show, the Chevrolet display included the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Toughnology Concept. Yes, you read correctly — Toughnology. The signboard next to the truck proclaimed, “Advanced high-strength steel makes Silverado strong, light, capable and efficient, enhancing its inherent toughness, dependability and capability.” The point, obviously, was to cast doubt on the […]

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Photos by Larry Edsall We’ve already reported on the preview day staged Wednesday for the Concours d’Elegance of America, the 37th annual automotive showcase to be held the weekend of July 24-26 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. But since we were there, not only with a notebook but a camera as […]

By July 12, 2015 Read More →
On Collector Car Appreciation Day, we honor Classic Car Community Heroes who share their passion

On Collector Car Appreciation Day, we honor Classic Car Community Heroes who share their passion

Some of them organized car shows. Some eagerly let children climb into their classic cars. Some even let young drivers take a turn at the wheel so they can see what it’s like to drive a vintage vehicle. Some share their experience under the hood, and all seem to be evangelists for the classic car […]

RM Sotheby’s lands one-off Lamborghini concept for New York City auction

RM Sotheby’s lands one-off Lamborghini concept for New York City auction

We weren’t all that surprised last month when RM Sotheby’s announced that it had secured the consignment of the astounding Pinnacle Portfolio of some 30 important post-war sports cars. But what was surprising was that those cars would be offered not at the “Art Automobiles” sale in November in New York City but would be […]

By July 9, 2015 Read More →
Why was there a hearse at the Concours d’Elegance of America’s preview?

Why was there a hearse at the Concours d’Elegance of America’s preview?

It seems obvious (plus the event’s vehicle-selection-committee chairman admitted as much) that including a class for 1980s Dream Cars — vehicles such as the Lamborghini Countach and others that shared space with those posters of Farrah Fawcett on the walls of adolescent boys’ bedrooms — and another for Early Japanese Sports Cars is an effort […]

Supercharged sale: RM Sotheby’s previews its Motor City auction

Supercharged sale: RM Sotheby’s previews its Motor City auction

Supercharged cars from different eras highlight the docket for RM Sotheby’s annual Motor City auction, to be held July 25 in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of America at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. Representing the state of the supercharged automotive art and science of the 1930s is a 1935 Duesenberg Model […]

By July 9, 2015 Read More →
Mercedes-Benz ‘Hobel’ 300 SL prototype headlines Solitude Revival

Mercedes-Benz ‘Hobel’ 300 SL prototype headlines Solitude Revival

The Hobel, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL so nicknamed because its front-end design reminded people of a carpenter’s plane, returns to the site of one of its record-breaking runs July 17-19 for the Solitude Revival 2015. “The Solitude Revival commemorates a golden age of motorsport in Stuttgart,” Michael Bock, head of Mercedes-Benz Classic, said in a […]

By July 9, 2015 Read More →
Kidston Trophy will honor pre-war racers at 25th Silverstone Classic

Kidston Trophy will honor pre-war racers at 25th Silverstone Classic

Billed as the world’s largest vintage racing event, the Silverstone Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary July 24-26 in England with an event that will highlight the return of pre-war sports cars as a racing class with a new and special trophy. The Kidston Trophy honors adventurer and aviator Glen Kidston. A lieutenant commander in the […]

By July 8, 2015 Read More →
Sydney Allard’s 1956 Palm Beach going to auction

Sydney Allard’s 1956 Palm Beach going to auction

Sydney Allard’s own 1956 Palm Beach sports car, the one that was on the stand at the Earl’s Court Motor Show, is being offered for sale at H&H’s Chateau Impney Hill Climb auction, scheduled for July 11 in Worcestershire, England. The car is being consigned by Allard’s son, Alan, and grandson, Lloyd, who reacquired the […]

By July 7, 2015 Read More →