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What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

A few days ago I became sidetracked while trying to figure out why the 1957 Chevrolet has become such an iconic classic car. Actually, it’s more than an iconic classic car. It’s become an icon of American culture. However, as I wrote a few days ago, back in 1957 the Chevy was pretty much the […]

By December 11, 2014 50 Comments Read More →
What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

Occasional detours, as frustrating as they may seem at the time, often turn out to make the drive better because they take us down roads and to places we otherwise might never have explored. I mention this because, when I sat down to write this story, my plan was to attempt to figure out why […]

By December 8, 2014 39 Comments Read More →
If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

The day before yesterday, at the invitation of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction company, I spent several hours wandering open-mouthed within Ron Pratte’s immaculately spotless, meticulously displayed car and automobilia collection, which is housed in a large, hangar-style structure in a private airpark at Chandler, Arizona. As you know, Pratte is selling his collection of […]

By December 5, 2014 Read More →
A visit to the magazine rack

A visit to the magazine rack

I recently found myself (ah, were those four words followed by a period, it might be the most meaningful, perhaps even the most important sentence I’ve ever typed, but — alas — those four words are merely the launching point to say that I was) arriving some 45 minutes early for a luncheon engagement, so […]

By November 28, 2014 Read More →
Legends: Living and otherwise, fabled and fabulous

Legends: Living and otherwise, fabled and fabulous

The first time I heard the Brothers Magliozzi, I got to laughing so hard I nearly drove off the road, which would not have been a good thing since at the time I was driving at a rapid rate of speed, heading north on Interstate 75 somewhere in southern Ohio. But I somehow got myself […]

By November 13, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
For Historic Vehicle Association, classic cars aren’t just a hobby, they’re an American heritage

For Historic Vehicle Association, classic cars aren’t just a hobby, they’re an American heritage

Each year, somewhere between 12- and 15-million motor vehicles — cars and trucks, minivans and sedans, coupes and convertibles — are banished to American wrecking yards, and in many cases to the crusher. And those are just the intentional losses. Everyone knows the fate of the Norseman, the Ghia-built Chrysler concept that went down with […]

By November 12, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Hagerty wonders: Will there be room on the road for classic cars in our autonomous-vehicle future?

Hagerty wonders: Will there be room on the road for classic cars in our autonomous-vehicle future?

It wasn’t billed as a keynote address, just a few opening remarks at the dinner that welcomed some 70 people to the third Historic Vehicle Association Summit last week in Middleburg, Virginia. But it seems that anytime McKeel Hagerty talks about classic cars, his words provide a thought-provoking, tone-setting perspective on the subject. “Everything I […]

By October 27, 2014 13 Comments Read More →
Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar’s latest great idea should be an object lesson for every automaker that wants to remind people about the triumphs of its past. Jaguar is all about its brilliant heritage, with good reason.  From Le Mans racing dominance to trend-setting luxury cars – and of course, the fabulous XK-E – Jaguar regularly channels history even […]

By October 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The faithful, some of whom had waited in line for more than an hour, enter the domed structure as though they are walking into a cathedral or patriotic shrine. They speak to each other in hushed volumes. Conversations are quiet. Some eyes look up. Most focus on the floor — or seek a view even […]

By September 2, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

A couple of years ago I was among those watching the unveiling of the latest Jaguar automobile and, like pretty much everyone else in the room, was stunned by the car’s beauty. While the car was stunning, its beauty was no surprise. This Jaguar was merely the most recent work produced by automotive artist Ian […]

By August 29, 2014 Read More →