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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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American cars to be featured at 2015 London-to-Brighton rally

American cars to be featured at 2015 London-to-Brighton rally

Organizers of the annual Veteran Car Run, the acclaimed London-to-Brighton rally in England, say the 2015 event will have an American “flavor” in recognition of the large number of early American automobiles that regularly participate in the event. Entries opened March 31 for what is billed as the world’s oldest motoring event, held annual in […]

By April 2, 2015 Read More →
‘Fast and Furious’ films feature familiar classic cars

‘Fast and Furious’ films feature familiar classic cars

The Fast and the Furious movie series. In fact, they may view the films just as their parents expressed their disdain for all those now-classic hot rod movies of the 1960s and ’70s: Bunch of crazy kids setting bad examples while joyriding at ridiculous speeds on public roads… But think back to what American Graffiti, […]

Fort Lauderdale kick starts Auctions America’s sales season

Fort Lauderdale kick starts Auctions America’s sales season

Auctions America president Donnie Gould called it a great way to “kick start” the company’s 2015 sales calendar. Gould’s words came in response to the company’s 13th annual Ford Lauderdale auction, which generated $21.3 million in sales last week. The same venue last year had sales of $17.5 million and a 74 percent sell-through rate. […]

By April 1, 2015 Read More →
Secret ambitions and special classes at the concours

Secret ambitions and special classes at the concours

I’m not sure I’ve shared this with anyone before, but someday I’d like to be curator of an classic car exhibition at a museum. and I’d also like to create a class for a concours d’elegance. In a way, I suppose, three of the books I’ve written — Concept Cars, Legendary Cars and Masters of […]

Former RAF base becomes center for classic car and airplane restoration and events

Former RAF base becomes center for classic car and airplane restoration and events

RAF Bicester was the home to British military aircraft as early as 1916 and became a bomber station in 1925. Today, it is considered the best-preserved of Britain’s World War II bomber bases and is in the process of a full restoration. Now known as Bicester Heritage, the site in Oxfordshire hosts its first major […]

Mecum hopes to continue success with collection sales at its Houston auction

Mecum hopes to continue success with collection sales at its Houston auction

John Kraman says there’s a bittersweet aspect to the way his employer, Mecum Auctions, has been successful in selling cars and motorcycles from large collections. “There’s a success and buzz that comes with selling a collection in the auction environment,” said Kraman, director of consignments at Mecum Auctions. “It seems to be a bit of […]

By March 30, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Lincoln MKC

Driven: 2015 Lincoln MKC

I’m really tempted to suggest that Ford simply drop its Lincoln brand. But I cannot. Such a move would deny and belie the heritage of the Model K and Zephyr of the 1930s, of Edsel’s own original Continental, of William Clay’s Continental in the mid-’50s, of the Marks III, IV and V, of the elegant […]

Bonhams second sale at Mercedes-Benz Museum exceeds inaugural effort

Bonhams second sale at Mercedes-Benz Museum exceeds inaugural effort

Bonhams staged its second sale at the Mercedes-Benz Museum on Saturday, with total sales of 13 million euro, a million more than the inaugural sale there last summer. That 13 million euro figure is today’s equivalent of $14.16 million, which is less than the $16 million figure we reported for the inaugural sale in July. […]

By March 28, 2015 Read More →
Jeep honors heritage with a pair of resto-mods for Moab

Jeep honors heritage with a pair of resto-mods for Moab

In this space on previous occasions I have been critical of the American automakers for, as I’ve seen it, pretty much turning their backs on their heritage, a heritage that may be distained by the companies that made it yet a heritage that is strongly embraced by the classic car community that invests thousands of […]

Cole motorcycle collection hammers at nearly $12.3 million at Mecum sale

Cole motorcycle collection hammers at nearly $12.3 million at Mecum sale

Two motorcycles, one of them formerly owned by Steve McQueen, hammered sold for $650,000 or more at the E.J. Cole Collection sale conducted by Mecum Auctions at the South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall in Las Vegas. The auction attracted nearly 1,000 bidders and spectators. Total sales were nearly $12.3 million, and that figure does […]

By March 25, 2015 Read More →