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Along for the ride in the Arizona Concours driving tour

Along for the ride in the Arizona Concours driving tour

The bright-yellow 1928 Packard 526 sedan chugged sedately up the hills and through the desert scenery of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, its five occupants reliving the arcane splendor of motoring from our grandparents’ day. More-modern cars rushed past, seeming impatient and unruly compared with our regal passage amid the Packard’s mechanical rumblings and pungent […]

By January 13, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet takes best-of-show at Arizona concours

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet takes best-of-show at Arizona concours

‘Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” was the automakers’ advertising mantra back in the heyday of American stock car racing. But at the second Arizona Concours d’Elegance, the phrase that applied was “win on Sunday, sell on Thursday,” which is when the best-of-show winning 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A goes from the lawns […]

By January 12, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Mecum readies giant, 3,000-car Kissimmee auction

Mecum readies giant, 3,000-car Kissimmee auction

Hot on the heels of Arizona’s classic car extravaganza comes Mecum’s biggest auction of the year – and reputedly the largest collector-car auction anywhere – the 10-day sale in Kissimmee, Florida, that is expected to offer 3,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as a passel of automobilia. Three-thousand vehicles is the magic number that […]

By January 12, 2015 Read More →
Pratte’s automobilia collection drops green flag on Barrett-Jackson

Pratte’s automobilia collection drops green flag on Barrett-Jackson

While the much-ballyhooed car collection from builder/developer Ron Pratte goes up for auction at Barrett-Jackson starting Tuesday, some 1,500 items – that’s 10 times as voluminous as the Pratte car collection – already are being sold from the Pratte collection. Those items include vintage signs, period neon, gas pumps, gas globes, parts testers, rare pedal […]

By January 11, 2015 Read More →
Teenagers’ walls likely show the future of the hobby

Teenagers’ walls likely show the future of the hobby

If you want to invest in classic and collector cars, look to see what is on the walls of a teenager’s bedroom. At least that was some of the advice shared Saturday at the sixth annual Phoenix Automotive Press Association Arizona Auction Week Preview, held at the Arizona Biltmore on the eve of the Arizona […]

By January 11, 2015 Read More →
Designers share thoughts on ‘Elegance at Speed’

Designers share thoughts on ‘Elegance at Speed’

‘Elegance and speed don’t always go together, but when your car is on the front row or you are on the (winner’s) rostrum, it looks very elegant.” Those words Saturday came from Nigel Bennett, designer of championship Formula One and Indianapolis racing cars. Bennett joined Peter Brock, whose work includes the Shelby Daytona Coupe, and […]

By January 11, 2015 Read More →
Sinkhole attracts record numbers to Corvette museum

Sinkhole attracts record numbers to Corvette museum

The National Corvette Museum announced Friday that the catastrophic sinkhole that swallowed eight cars in the museum’s Skydome also led to record attendance in 2014, the museum’s 20th anniversary year. The museum recorded 251,258 visitors in 2014. The previous record was 200,900 in 1999, the museum’s fifth year in operation. Those 251,258 visitors exceeded 2013 […]

By January 10, 2015 Read More →
Moss, Masha and the launch of a motorsports art career

Moss, Masha and the launch of a motorsports art career

Fourteen months ago, Masha Pasichnyk flew from her native Ukraine to the United States on a one-way ticket. “I didn’t have money for the ticket back,” said the young artist who Thursday evening sat next to Stirling Moss in the Penkse Motorsports Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they signed prints of her portrait of Moss […]

By January 9, 2015 Read More →
Ferrari will be featured marque at Pebble Beach

Ferrari will be featured marque at Pebble Beach

Last summer, a Ferrari became the first post-war car in many decades to drive off with the best of show honors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2015, Ferrari will be the featured marquee at the 65th annual event held on the 18th fairway overlooking the famed bay. “Our plans to feature Ferrari have […]

By January 9, 2015 Read More →
Featured classic cars at Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Featured classic cars at Arizona Concours d’Elegance

The second-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance kicks off the Valley of the Sun’s famous Classic Car Week with an array of rare and exceptional automobiles displayed on the inner lawns of the landmark Arizona Biltmore resort this Sunday. The exquisite group of 90 cars will compete for prizes in 17 classes as well as vying for […]

By January 7, 2015 Read More →