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Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Back when I was learning to drive, and perhaps it was the same for you if you are of a certain age, I had no choice but to learn on a car with a manual transmission. We’d become a two-car family a couple of years before I started driving. With my little brother well into […]

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

‘Though his name would become synonymous with some of the most gorgeous automotive design’s evercreated, Nuccio Bertone was not one of the world’s greatest automotive designers. However, perhaps no one was more adept than Bertone at identifying those who could — and indeed would — create many of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing motor vehicles.” […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →
How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

“Resolved, That the Senate — designates July 11, 2014, as ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’; recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States; and encourages the people of the United States to engage in events and commemorations […]

By July 8, 2014 Read More →
Lights. Camera. Driving. My day in front of the camera

Lights. Camera. Driving. My day in front of the camera

For much of a recent day, my view through the windshield was pretty much what you see in the photo above these words: the back end of a minivan, its tailgate open and the lens of a television camera staring at me from within the van’s cargo area. I’m not complaining, well, except that the […]

Prediction: Someone’s about to pay $100 million for a Ferrari GTO

Prediction: Someone’s about to pay $100 million for a Ferrari GTO

Three seemingly unrelated things that I think we can weave together: Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer pays something like four times the franchise’s estimated value to become the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a professional basketball team; Ron Pratte, who may be a mere multi-millionaire but who has become well-known, even a celebrity, within […]

Do you ever do embarrassing things while driving or parking your classic car?

Do you ever do embarrassing things while driving or parking your classic car?

So, a news release arrives from the insurance.com website, which did a survey of 2,000 drivers — 1,000 men and 1,000 women — who were asked to share their biggest driving embarrassments or, to put it another way, their most “awkward driving flubs.” Here are the top 10 “awkward driving flubs”: Forgot where they parked […]

Detroit carmakers don’t seem to care much about their heritage

Detroit carmakers don’t seem to care much about their heritage

Each day, I receive a Newspress email. Actually, two of them. One comes from England, the other from within the United States. Each Newspress email is a newsletter-style compilation of the press releases produced in the previous 24 hours by automakers on those two continents, including the respective European or American branches of Asian automakers. […]

Honda helping another drive-in theater stay in business

Honda helping another drive-in theater stay in business

When you think “classic cars,” Honda probably isn’t one of the first automakers that pops to mind. Although, there was an immaculate mid-’70s CVCC that drew a lot of attention a few years ago when its owner proudly drove it up and down the avenue during Detroit’s annual Woodward Dream Cruise. And someday, Honda’s S2000 […]

By April 25, 2014 Read More →
Happy 50th, Ford Mustang

Happy 50th, Ford Mustang

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Well, at least it’s the anniversary of the car’s official unveiling, which took place April 17, 1964, with Lee Iacocca at the podium in the Ford pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. Actually, however, it was about a month earlier that the public got its […]

By April 17, 2014 Read More →
Magazine presents classic cars in print or pixels

Magazine presents classic cars in print or pixels

Richard Truesdell laments the loss of such classic car magazines as Automobile Quarterly, Motor Trend Classic and Musclecar Enthusiast. But the realities of the print-on-paper world are such that producing a glossy-surfaced, real-paper (even if it’s recycled) publication is very expensive. And as Truesdell points out, as much as we all enjoy browsing the various […]

By April 10, 2014 Read More →