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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 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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Pre-war classics dominate Bonhams sale at Greenwich

Pre-war classics dominate Bonhams sale at Greenwich

Heavy rain did not deter attendance last weekend as Bonhams staged its eighth annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction, where sales totaled nearly $8 million. “We are very pleased with the results,” Rupert Banner, director of business development for Bonhams Motoring Department said in a news release. “Our sale proved once again that good quality offerings […]

By June 3, 2015 Read More →
’57 Buick, ’58 Bonneville set pace at American classic car auction in Germany

’57 Buick, ’58 Bonneville set pace at American classic car auction in Germany

German online auction house Auctionata wanted to do something unique, so it staged a sale including only 1950s and ’60s American cars. “This era of American automobile history stands for roaring engines, tailfins, and chrome on each trim,” the company said in announcing the sale held earlier this week. “With the auction ‘Classic Cars — […]

Driven: 2015 Nissan Murano SL

Driven: 2015 Nissan Murano SL

It was a dozen years ago that I wrote that the newly introduced Nissan Murano was perhaps the most creative answer to an automotive question since Nissan launched its rugged but compact all-activity vehicle, the Xterra. That original Murano was stylish — remember those huge, wrap up around the rear quarter-panel tail lamps? — practical […]

By May 31, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Inaugural ELK Charity Challenge

Eye Candy: Inaugural ELK Charity Challenge

Photos by Larry Edsall We reported earlier this week about the inaugural ELK Charity Challenge road rally, but didn’t have room in that earlier coverage for these images captured along the 7-day, nearly 1,000-mile driving route in California: from Ventura to Santa Barbara, up the coastal highway to Monterey, then across the state to near […]

Classic ’49 Hudson going ‘low and slow’ to study health of U.S. highways

Classic ’49 Hudson going ‘low and slow’ to study health of U.S. highways

To draw attention to the state of the American infrastructure, including its highways and bridges, Engineering News-Record has sent two reporters and a 65-year-old Hudson on a cross-country trip. “Low and Slow Across America’s Infrastructure” is the name given to the assignment, which involves ENR.com senior transportation editor Aileen Cho and author Dan McNichol in […]

ELK Charity Challenge: Generous people doing good

ELK Charity Challenge: Generous people doing good

’50 Philanthropists, 3 Charities, 1 Reason.” That is the tagline on the home page of the ELK Charity Challenge, a 7-day, 1,000-mile automotive adventure held last week. The E L K in the event’s name is shorthand for Everyone Loves Kids, and the reason for the event was to help make a better life for […]

Eye Candy: Student-organized car show at Yosemite High School, Oakhurst CA

Eye Candy: Student-organized car show at Yosemite High School, Oakhurst CA

Photos by Larry Edsall For the past eight years, students at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, California, have organized a car show. But the streak was going to end this spring, at least it was until seniors Ryan Losee and Evan Parker made the show their mission. Parker got things started but then Losee took […]

High bids fall short but RM Sotheby’s still does nearly $30 million at Villa Erba

High bids fall short but RM Sotheby’s still does nearly $30 million at Villa Erba

With 33 of 38 vehicles selling — among the no-sales the highest bid of the auction — RM Sotheby’s annual Villa Erba sale, held in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, generated more than $29.9 million in two-and-a-half hours Saturday on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. As expected, Ferraris dominated the sale with […]

By May 24, 2015 Read More →
I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

Editor’s note: The National Geographic Channel’s two-hour special, Driving America, debuts on Memorial Day at 9 p.m. (EDT and PDT). It was more than a year ago that Matt Bennett called to discuss his latest wonderful yet wacky idea. He wanted to put me on television. Me, the guy with a great face for radio. […]

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car enthusiast, dies during California auto rally

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car enthusiast, dies during California auto rally

At dinner Friday evening, Margaret Dunning said that her bucket list was complete. The 104-year-old matriarch of the classic car community was in California to participate in the ELK Charity Challenge, a week-long driving event to raise money — tens of thousands of dollars — for three children’s charities, and earlier in the day she […]