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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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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 →
Lunch-time at LeMay will explore ‘If Cars Could Talk’

Lunch-time at LeMay will explore ‘If Cars Could Talk’

LeMay – America’s Car Museum launches its adult brown-bag lunch series Tuesday. The theme for the first-two lectures in the first-Tuesday series is “If Cars Could Talk.” Talking in behalf of cars this week is Scott Keller, the museum’s chief curator, whose presentation is titled: Cars as Metal Art, Part 1: Automotive Body Sculpting. On […]

By October 5, 2014 Read More →
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 →