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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 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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Eye Candy: Parade d’Pratte delivers car collection to Barrett-Jackson

Eye Candy: Parade d’Pratte delivers car collection to Barrett-Jackson

Photos by Nicole James and Larry Edsall  Call it the Parade d’Pratte. It took 10 trucks, most of them big Reliable rigs supplemented by a few smaller flatbeds, as well as a police escort up the 101 freeway from Chandler to Scottsdale, to deliver the creme of Ron Pratte’s car collection WestWorld. There, the cars […]

By December 30, 2014 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring

Driven: 2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring

Two things I’ve found to be true about seemingly every Mazda I’ve ever driven: Mazdas are fun to drive. Wearing sunglasses while driving a Mazda can be a very frustrating experience. I’ve just spent a week driving a 2015 Madza3, the top-of-the-line Grand Touring version, and once again, those statements have been proven true. Mazda […]

By December 29, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 5 — Ron Pratte selling his collection

2014 top stories: No. 5 — Ron Pratte selling his collection

The sale of private collections was a big and consistent story in 2014. Recall just three of the many: The overwhelming turnout for the sale of Jacques Littlefield’s collection of military vehicles. The amazing interest in the sale of John Moir’s A to Z car collection. The purchase price — $170 million — paid by […]

By December 27, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 6 — National Historic Vehicle Register launched

2014 top stories: No. 6 — National Historic Vehicle Register launched

Since 1966, more than 80,000 buildings deemed important to the history of the United States have been preserved through their inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. And now, a similar process is being applied to historic automobiles as the Historic Vehicle Association has worked with the Library of Congress and the Department of […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
Coys’s Autosport auction focuses on racing cars

Coys’s Autosport auction focuses on racing cars

Kimi Raikkonen won Formula Renault title in this car in 2000 | Coys photos The car that Formula One racer Kimi Raikkonen drove to the 2000 British Formula Renault UK championship is among the cars to be offered at a Coys’ auction being held January 10 in conjunction with the annual Autosport International racing car […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
Historic sleighs for sale (but Santa’s isn’t among them)

Historic sleighs for sale (but Santa’s isn’t among them)

Don’t panic, Santa’s not retiring and selling his sleigh, but on March 7, 2015, Bonhams will stage a Carriage Collection Sale featuring more than 150 lots collected by a European industrialist. Among them is a Royal British Mews 1835 Traveling Landau Coach estimated to be worth as much as $465,000. Included in the sale are […]

By December 25, 2014 Read More →
Coys to sell Brundza Collection including 35 Cadillacs

Coys to sell Brundza Collection including 35 Cadillacs

British auction house Coys says is one of the largest collections of Cadillacs ever offered at auction will be part of a sale of American and European classic cars to be held January 10 at Les Grandes Marques, Interclassics and Topmobile show at Maastricht, The Netherlands. The cars are from the Stassys Brundza Collection, which […]

By December 24, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: 95 years of Zagato’s automotive artistry

Bookshelf: 95 years of Zagato’s automotive artistry

The Classic Car Bookshelf Zagato Milano (1919-2014) Published 2014 Publisher Giorgio Nada Editore Format Hardcover Pages 208 ISBN 978-88-7911-611-4 Purchase Motorbooks A special exhibition celebrating the 95th anniversary of Italian coachbuilder and design house Zagato runs through March 2015 at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino, Italy, but a book published in conjunction with the […]

By December 23, 2014 Read More →
RM, Sotheby’s planning another NYC sale

RM, Sotheby’s planning another NYC sale

In the fall of 2013, RM and Sotheby’s “set out to create the finest automobile auction that there has ever been,” which is how RM founder Rob Myers put it. That sale was the “Art of the Automobile” auction and was staged in New York City, where people are accustomed to purchasing major works of […]

By December 22, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 10 — Arizona Concours is a dazzling debutant

2014 top stories: No. 10 — Arizona Concours is a dazzling debutant

I admit it. I was among the skeptics last summer when I heard that a group of car guys in the Phoenix area had formed a committee and were talking about staging a Pebble Beach-style concours d’elegance in conjunction with Arizona Auction Week. Oh, there has been talk for several years about adding not only […]

By December 22, 2014 5 Comments Read More →