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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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Lights. Camera. Driving. My day in front of the camera

Lights. Camera. Driving. My day in front of the camera

For much of a recent day, my view through the windshield was pretty much what you see in the photo above these words: the back end of a minivan, its tailgate open and the lens of a television camera staring at me from within the van’s cargo area. I’m not complaining, well, except that the […]

Bonhams Blockbuster: Ferrari 250 GTO to be offered at Monterey auction in August

Bonhams Blockbuster: Ferrari 250 GTO to be offered at Monterey auction in August

You can call it the Bonhams Blockbuster: The British classic car and art auction house has announced that a Ferrari 250 GTO, one of the most valuable cars in the world, will be offered for sale at The Quail Lodge on the Monterey Peninsula in August. Only some 57 of the now-legendary cars were produced. […]

Maserati acclaimed best in show at Goodwood concours

Maserati acclaimed best in show at Goodwood concours

A Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta owned by Egon Zweimuller Jr. won best in show honors at the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s 20th annualCartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance. The car also won the Coachbuilt Maserati class. Other class winners were: Vintage Voiturettes — 1925 Amilcar CGS owned by Keith Bowley Blown Away — Mercedes-Benz 500K […]

Mercedes brings out famed C111 experimental car for rally in the Austrian Alps

Mercedes brings out famed C111 experimental car for rally in the Austrian Alps

One of the world’s most famous experimental vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz C111, returns to the roads this week when Mercedes-Benz Classic enters one of its C111s in the Silvretta Classic, an Alpine rally in Austria. The automaker’s classic car branch also is sending a 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK and a 300 SL roadster to the event, along […]

‘Fearsome Four-Nine’ Ferrari brings awesome $18.3 million at Bonhams Goodwood sale

‘Fearsome Four-Nine’ Ferrari brings awesome $18.3 million at Bonhams Goodwood sale

Goodwood has its Festival of Speed. Bonhams has its Festival of Bidding. And the bidding was intense Friday as bidders escalated the numbers until the “Fearsome Four-Nine,” a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus, sold for a very significant $18.2 million (including buyer’s premium). That car accounted for nearly half of the sale’s total of $38.4 million. The […]

Corvette museum may put two damaged cars back into the sinkhole for display

Corvette museum may put two damaged cars back into the sinkhole for display

After considering three options, the board of directors of the National Corvette Museum decided Wednesday to keep open for viewing a small portion of the sinkhole that swallowed eight cars in the Skydome in February. The other options were to fill the hole and replace the entire floor to return the Skydome to its pre-hole […]

By June 26, 2014 Read More →
Ever heard of a charabanc?

Ever heard of a charabanc?

We tend to think we know a lot about classic and historic vehicles around here, but we had to look this one up. What we found was that charabanc comes from the French phrase for carriage with wooden benches. But while the French may have invented such a thing, it was in England where they […]

By June 25, 2014 Read More →
Cole’s Monterey auction adds another historic Ferrari

Cole’s Monterey auction adds another historic Ferrari

How’s this for provenance? A Ferrari first raced by Carroll Shelby is being offered at auction for the first time in its 59-year history. The Ferrari is a 410 Sport (0592CM), one of four intended for the never-held 1955 Carrera Panamericana road race (thus the CM for Carrera Messicana in the serial number). The car […]

Eye Candy: REVS Institute / Collier Collection

Eye Candy: REVS Institute / Collier Collection

Photos by Larry Edsall The last time I’d visited Naples, Florida, was a little more than 20 years ago. Back then, I was an editor at AutoWeek magazine and had driven a little further down the Gulf Coast while visiting my parents’ home near Sarasota. At that time, the Collier Collection was considered to be […]

By June 21, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Detroit Tigers Classic Car Show

Eye Candy: Detroit Tigers Classic Car Show

Photos by Larry Edsall The fellow wearing a gray-striped T shirt, baggy long shorts and flip-flops pulled his head out from under the open hood of burgundy-colored 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe. His blond hair was shaved and he wore sunglasses, but his long goatee gave him away, at least to my 12-year-old grandson, who took […]