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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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Bonhams and Simeone focus on preservation at auction Monday

Bonhams and Simeone focus on preservation at auction Monday

With one exception, you won’t find seven-figure cars or even very many gleaming classics at Bonhams’ third-annual Preserving the Automobile sale Monday at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Yes, Bonhams is a high-end auction house and, yes, the Simeone is the home to some of the most amazing vehicles in the world. But the […]

By October 3, 2014 Read More →
Hidden away for decades, early American motor car heads for sale at Hershey

Hidden away for decades, early American motor car heads for sale at Hershey

We all love a good found-car story. Well, here’s one that starts nearly 120 years ago, back in the dawn of the motoring age: In the late summer of 1963, Henry C. White, recently appointed vice president of Capewell Manufacturing, decided it was time to clean out an old factory the company owned in Hartford, […]

John Moir Jr.’s automotive alphabet

John Moir Jr.’s automotive alphabet

After John Moir Jr. had acquired cars beginning with A, B and C, Heather, his wife of 52 years, joked that he may as well complete the alphabet. Heather’s joke became John’s mission and he did, indeed, complete a 26-vehicle alphabet collection. Now those cars will be offered — and in alphabetical order — at […]

By October 1, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Mark Trimble’s historic outboard motor collection

Eye Candy: Mark Trimble’s historic outboard motor collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Ole used his row boat to court Bess, who lived across the lake in Wisconsin. One Fourth of July, the ice cream Ole was carrying in his boat melted before he reached Bess’s family’s dock. Embarrassed, Ole rowed home, where he took a small engine he’d already built, added a shaft […]

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: 18th annual Orphan Car Show

Eye Candy: 18th annual Orphan Car Show

Photos by Larry Edsall Who got you interested in classic cars? Sam Haberman remembers, and he’s returned the favor. Haberman, who lives in Birmingham, Michigan, remembers being 15 years old when his 20-year-old cousin, Gerald Mitchell, let him drive his MG-TD. Yes, Haberman was too young to have a driver’s license, but driving his cousin’s […]

By September 27, 2014 Read More →
Maserati celebrates its centennial

Maserati celebrates its centennial

On a straight stretch of roadway near Cremona, Italy, Baconin Borzacchini set Maserati’s first world speed record, driving a 16-cylinder Maserati V4 to an average of 246 kilometers an hour (nearly 154 miles per hour) to set a Flying 10K record that stood for the following eight years. That was on September 28, 1929 — […]

By September 24, 2014 Read More →
’73 Trans Am drives off with ‘best of’ honors at AutoFair

’73 Trans Am drives off with ‘best of’ honors at AutoFair

A 1973 Pontiac Trans Am was declared best of show at the AutoFair at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The car is owned by Charlotte resident Mark Brantley, who noted that his first car also was a Trans Am. Cars from nearly 50 car clubs were eligible for honors at the AutoFair. Brantley […]

By September 23, 2014 Read More →
Mother Road Trip: Route 66 Motor Tour hopes to generate funds for restoration projects

Mother Road Trip: Route 66 Motor Tour hopes to generate funds for restoration projects

After helping turn Michigan’s Old U.S. 27 into “the other Route 66,” Craig Parrish is turning his attention to the real Mother Road. From October 8 through 19, Parrish and a group of Route 66 experts will lead a cross-country driving tour to raise money to fund a variety of small-town preservation efforts along the […]

By September 22, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
Eye Candy: Studebaker National Museum

Eye Candy: Studebaker National Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Although the Studebaker National Museum didn’t open until the autumn of 2005, its collection traces to the late 19th Century when Clement Studebaker had the foresight to purchase a couple of historic horse-drawn carriages. One had been commissioned by the U.S. government to take Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, […]

By September 20, 2014 Read More →
Want your own car company? Cord trademarks for sale

Want your own car company? Cord trademarks for sale

What’s more rare than owning a classic car? How about owning the rights to a classic car company’s name, indeed, to its very trademark? The rights to the trademarks for Cord Automobile, the keystone in Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, are being offered for sale until October 22, at which point, if they have not been purchased, they will […]

By September 19, 2014 3 Comments Read More →