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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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Stradale Collection offering cars and motorcycles at Silverstone’s Salon Prive auction

Stradale Collection offering cars and motorcycles at Silverstone’s Salon Prive auction

Henry Pearman has collected quite the reputation within the classic car community by not only specializing in Jaguar E-types, but by updating several dozen of them so they perform like more modern sports cars. At the same time, Pearman has collected quite a few classic cars of various marques, several of which he’ll offer at […]

By August 8, 2014 Read More →
Simeone museum’s classic motorcycle exhibition features Vincent, Brough Superior

Simeone museum’s classic motorcycle exhibition features Vincent, Brough Superior

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum’s annual classic motorcycle show for 2014 will feature Vincent/HRD, Brough Superior and pre-1974 250cc-and-under bikes. The show runs from August 16 through September 12 at the museum in Philadelphia. The bikes then head for another display, this one at the 18th annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance on September 14. Vincent, […]

By August 8, 2014 Read More →
Boston-area restoration shop gains exclusive Zagato link

Boston-area restoration shop gains exclusive Zagato link

It’s been a while since Roberto Donati showed a Zagato-bodied Lancia at a car club event held at the Lime Rock race track in Connecticut, where the guest of honor was none other than Andrea Zagato, grandson of the founder of the famed Italian coach builder and design house. Donati also is a third-generation Italian […]

By August 6, 2014 Read More →
My (for the weekend) Classic Car: Larry’s (well, actually his friend Jonathan’s) 1930 Ford Model A

My (for the weekend) Classic Car: Larry’s (well, actually his friend Jonathan’s) 1930 Ford Model A

‘Grandpa,” said Nick. “This is the best car I’ve ever driven.” I was about to point out that at age 12, Nick not only hadn’t driven this car, but any others for that matter. “You know how I can tell?” he asked, answering his question before I had a chance to respond. “I haven’t even […]

Porsche 962 returns to Monterey, but this time instead of historic racing, it’s up for auction

Porsche 962 returns to Monterey, but this time instead of historic racing, it’s up for auction

John Hotchkis Jr. has done a lot of things with cars. He studied at the Art Center College of Design, worked for legendary Corvette racer and tuner Dick Gulstrand, raced Formula 3 in England, drove at Le Mans and in the IMSA GTP series, and his Hotchkis Sport Suspension company is dedicated to making sure […]

By August 5, 2014 Read More →
Book shelf: MPG before the EPA

Book shelf: MPG before the EPA

The Classic Car Bookshelf The Mobilgas Economy Run: A History of the Long Distance Fuel Efficiency Competition, 1936-1968 by Dave Hermanson Published 2014 Publisher McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers Format Soft cover Pages 324 ISBN 9780786475629 Purchase Amazon Decades before there was a federal Environmental Protection Agency or even Monroney stickers that presented average fuel-economy […]

By August 4, 2014 Read More →
Beaulieu celebrates MG’s 90th anniversary at Simply Classics show

Beaulieu celebrates MG’s 90th anniversary at Simply Classics show

Now with a new name — Simply Classics & Sports Car — the fourth-annual road rally and car show takes place August 24 at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu./p> The road rally part of the program involves whatever routes people and their classics and sports cars take through the New Forest to arrive at […]

By August 4, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Concours d’LeMons Michigan

Eye Candy: Concours d’LeMons Michigan

Photos by Larry Edsall As best I can figure, the only person who displayed cars recently at both the Concours d’Elegance of America and the Concours d’LeMons that took place the day before was Myron Vernis of Akron, Ohio. Journalist objectivity dictates that I refer to him in second and subsequent references as Vernis, but […]

By August 3, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America

Photos by Larry Edsall One of the things that makes the less-than-modestly named Conocurs d’Elegance of America actually pretty special is that it includes several classes each year that are just plain fun – this year we saw Jet Age pickup trucks – plus what it calls “special displays.” Basically, explains Brian Joseph, chairman of […]

By August 2, 2014 Read More →
Sticker shock! Remembering the first Monterey auction

Sticker shock! Remembering the first Monterey auction

Seriously, we are not making this up. The following is the Top-10 sales list from the inaugural Monterey Sports Car Auction held on the Friday evening of the Monterey Historics/Pebble Beach weekend in 1986, less than 30 years ago. As they say around some poker tables, read ‘em and weep: 1963 Jaguar XK-E Lightweight, $145,000 […]