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Author Archive: Steve Purdy

Steve Purdy has been writing about and photographing cars, both old and new, for over 30 years. His words and images have appeared in more than a dozen publications and his photos have been featured in a variety of galleries. He has been involved in radio, film and TV projects as well including the creation of his own radio show about automobiles and motorsports that is currently part of the Web-based Michigan Business Network. His first love is classic and collector cars which, he says, represent the best in automobile aesthetics.

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Eye Candy: Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center

Eye Candy: Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center

Photos by Steve Purdy The new Cadillac–LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center opened this past weekend on the expansive grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, a pristine rural setting about 20 miles north of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The beautiful 10,000 square-foot building is modeled after a 1948 Cadillac dealership and sits among other […]

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: The Dodge Centennial

Eye Candy: The Dodge Centennial

Photos by Steve Purdy Dodge brand’s handsome chief executive, Tim Kuniskis, stood in the shadow of Meadow Brook Hall talking about the Dodge Brothers, John and Horace, who built their first car in November 1914, a touring car just like the black one displayed to Kuniskis’ left. To his right, glowing in the morning sun, […]

By July 5, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: EyesOn Design

Eye Candy: EyesOn Design

Photos by Steve Purdy The EyesOn Design show in suburban Detroit, on the expansive lawns at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on the shore of Lake St. Clair, is a Father’s Day tradition. We’ll not call it a car show because you will always see much more than cars, and the car’s you’ll see […]

By June 17, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Cars ‘R’ Stars at Packard Proving Grounds

Eye Candy: Cars ‘R’ Stars at Packard Proving Grounds

Photos by Steve Purdy Local farmers and we few photographers appreciated the intermittent light rain that fell all morning, albeit for entirely different reasons, but the organizers and participants in the Cars ‘R’ Stars show… not so much. Formerly known as the Carnival of Cars, this show, officially Cars ‘R’ Stars at the PPG, supports […]

Mama and Baby REO: An heroic homecoming story

Mama and Baby REO: An heroic homecoming story

For those who think there is no altruism left in the world, I’d like to tell you the story of a Mama, a Baby and the couple who brought them home for good after they wandered the country apart for more than 100 years. Two of the principals in this fascinating story are human – […]

By May 9, 2014 Read More →
Museum celebrates more than Olds and his mobiles

Museum celebrates more than Olds and his mobiles

Several years ago, Collectable Automobile magazine called Lansing’s R.E. Olds Transportation Museum “one of the ten best small car museums in the country.” We still agree. Housed in an old city bus garage on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing, Michigan, the museum preserves and celebrates not just automobiles but trucks and […]

By May 9, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Eye Candy: R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Photos by Steve Purdy Ransom Eli Olds founded both the Oldsmobile automobile brand and the REO car and truck brands. The Oldsmobile company he left in 1903 ended up in the fold of giant General Motors. Meanwhile, R.E. went off to start the company represented by his initials. The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, […]

By May 9, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Eye Candy: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Photos by Steve Purdy The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a great venue for capturing dramatic images of special cars. Founder and chairman Bill Warner and his dedicated team assemble one of the best shows in the U.S. and always include cars we’d never seen. The four days of events include three auctions, three shows, […]

Amelia Island concours crowns 1937 Horch, 1958 Scarab as best in show

Amelia Island concours crowns 1937 Horch, 1958 Scarab as best in show

Sunny North Florida was not so sunny as the 19th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend of car events began. The Amelia weekend essentially begins the year’s classic and collector car show season and is arguably the second most prestigious U.S. event of its kind behind the Pebble Beach showcase each August. The weather steadily improved […]

By March 11, 2014 Read More →