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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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Goodguys set their 2015 events calendar

Goodguys set their 2015 events calendar

Something new, something old… It’s not just for weddings anymore, it also applies to the 2015 Goodguys Rod & Custom Association’s events schedule. The something new is the inaugural Goodguys North Carolina Nationals, scheduled for April 17-19 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. The something old is the return to the […]

By October 15, 2014 Read More →
After 215 countries and 559,000 miles, ‘Otto’ goes into the Mercedes museum

After 215 countries and 559,000 miles, ‘Otto’ goes into the Mercedes museum

All Gunther Holtorf and his late wife Christine wanted to do was to see how many countries they could visit in “Otto,” their Mercedes-Benz 300 GD. Turns out — a quarter-century and 559,000 miles later — the number was 215. And now, in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of Mercedes’ go-anywhere — and apparently go-everywhere […]

By October 14, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Racing champion’s F40 sets pace at Bonhams’ Zoute auction

Racing champion’s F40 sets pace at Bonhams’ Zoute auction

Bonhams’ Zoute sale isn’t the most significant — only 38 cars were offered last weekend at the seaside resort of Knokke-Le-Zoute in Belgian — but the auction is held in conjunction with the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and Concours d’Elegance and attracts an active group of classic car collectors and an interesting array of cars.,/p> […]

By October 14, 2014 Read More →
‘Family’ cars do very well at RM’s Hershey auction

‘Family’ cars do very well at RM’s Hershey auction

This being Hershey, not Monterey, the catalog for the annual RM Auction was packed with pre-war classics, not Ferraris and similar multi-million-dollar sports cars. Nonetheless, the sale generated $14,074,250 in transactions and a very strong 93-percent sell-through rate. “We’re ecstatic about the results,” RM car specialist Gord Duff said in a post-event news release. The […]

By October 13, 2014 Read More →
Porsche racing reunion returns to Laguna Seca in 2015

Porsche racing reunion returns to Laguna Seca in 2015

The fifth Rennsport Reunion, the huge gathering of Porsche race cars and drivers held once every three years, will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next fall. The dates are October 9-15, 2015. Rennsport Reunion IV also was held at the historic track on California’s Monterey Peninsula. “While the Rennsport name from the beginning has […]

By October 13, 2014 Read More →
‘Movie Night in Paris’ is theme of Artcurial auction

‘Movie Night in Paris’ is theme of Artcurial auction

Artcurial Motorcars’ annual Automobiles sur les Champs auction is being subtitled “Movie Night in Paris” this year. The sale, to be held November 2, will feature 80 cars, including the 1969 Morgan 4/4 driven by Gerard Depardieu in the 1974 film Les Valseuses and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 much like the one Bond, James […]

By October 10, 2014 Read More →
Preservationists reign at Bonhams’ Simeone sale

Preservationists reign at Bonhams’ Simeone sale

What some consider to be America’s first sports car, a 1907 American Underslung 50HP Roadster, sold for an auction-record price at Bonhams’ third-annual “Preserving the Automobile” sale, again held at and in conjunction with the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. The museum has been in the forefront of the movement to preserve rather than restore […]

By October 9, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: Corvette history in intimate detail

Bookshelf: Corvette history in intimate detail

The Classic Car Bookshelf Corvette — America’s Star-Spangled Sports Car: The Complete History, 1953-1982 by Karl Ludvigsen Published 2014 Publisher Bentley Publishers Format Hardcover Pages 784 ISBN 9780837616599 Purchase Amazon In 1973, Karl Ludvigsen wrote the Star-Spangled Sports Car, a ground-breaking history of a single automotive model, the Chevrolet Corvette. Four years later, the man […]

By October 9, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Summit to the Sea drive takes classics from Yosemite to the ocean at Morro Bay

Summit to the Sea drive takes classics from Yosemite to the ocean at Morro Bay

A car-guy friend just got back from running a marathon. Amazingly, even some car people think running 26 miles, 385 yards instead of driving that distance makes sense. But at least the marathon he chose to run was in St. George, Utah, where the course is pretty much downhill from the starting line to the […]

By October 8, 2014 Read More →
With Petersen closed for reconstruction, groups of its cars will be parking at the Reagan Library

With Petersen closed for reconstruction, groups of its cars will be parking at the Reagan Library

Hollywood, History and Heads of State are the themes for three displays of cars that opening soon at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. The cars will be coming from nearby Los Angeles, where most of the Petersen Automotive Museum will be closed during a massive renovation project. “This partnership with The Petersen Museum […]