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I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

Editor’s note: The National Geographic Channel’s two-hour special, Driving America, debuts on Memorial Day at 9 p.m. (EDT and PDT). It was more than a year ago that Matt Bennett called to discuss his latest wonderful yet wacky idea. He wanted to put me on television. Me, the guy with a great face for radio. […]

A visit to Ray Evernham’s racing and road car collection

A visit to Ray Evernham’s racing and road car collection

While I was in Charlotte recently for the AutoFair, I had an opportunity to spend some time with Ray Evernham, the former NASCAR championship-winning crew chief, racing team owner, long-time classic car aficionado and current host of the television show AmeriCARna. That is quite a resume, but talking with Evernham, even for a few minutes, […]

By May 14, 2015 Read More →
Inaugural Ramapo concours, drive set for June 6-7 weekend

Inaugural Ramapo concours, drive set for June 6-7 weekend

The inaugural Ramapo Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the June 6-7 weekend with the concours on Saturday and a drive on Sunday. The event takes its name from Ramapo College, which takes its name from the Ramapo Mountains near the border between northern New Jersey and “upstate” New York. The college is located in Mahwah, […]

By May 12, 2015 Read More →
Denise McCluggage: Racing all the way to the finish line

Denise McCluggage: Racing all the way to the finish line

Only once in the more than 25 years that we were colleagues and friends did I ever see Denise McCluggage come even close to blushing. It was in January, four years ago, when I was covering the “Women Who Have the Need for Speed” panel discussion taking place in conjunction with Barrett-Jackson’s classic car auction […]

Run, don’t walk away from some swap-meet ‘projects’

Run, don’t walk away from some swap-meet ‘projects’

While attending Spring Carlisle I saw quite a few great cars in the car corral and quite a few nice project car opportunities as well. In fact, most of the cars at Sprng Carlisle were great examples or very fairly priced driver-level vehicles. Despite the overall exceptional quality of most of the cars for sale, […]

By April 25, 2015 Read More →
Getting caught in the traffic of the generational shift

Getting caught in the traffic of the generational shift

So I thought I had a great idea for how to spend my Saturday in a meaningful way. My plan was to start the day at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the cars participating in the 25th annual Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally would be staged for the start of their four-day anniversary drive. From […]

By April 20, 2015 Read More →
I learned a lot at the Charlotte AutoFair

I learned a lot at the Charlotte AutoFair

I went to Charlotte last week to attend my first Charlotte AutoFair. So what did I see, do and learn at this event? Well in a nutshell, I looked at thousands of cars for sale, scores of parts, drag raced a Ford Mustang, drove a racing lawnmower, ate some awesome county fair food, petted animals […]

By April 15, 2015 Read More →
Biting and bidding at the Charlotte AutoFair

Biting and bidding at the Charlotte AutoFair

The Charlotte AutoFair could not live up to its name without having some over the top state fair-style food and I am pleased to say that I sampled a few of the offerings to get a real taste. My first culinary adventure was the new over-the-top offering from Charlotte Motor Speedways executive sous chef Shawn […]

By April 12, 2015 Read More →
Day 2 at Charlotte: Dodges, Americarna, DeLoreans and a chat with Bobby Allison

Day 2 at Charlotte: Dodges, Americarna, DeLoreans and a chat with Bobby Allison

One of the most difficult things about the Charlotte AutoFair is that there is just so much to see and do. As a result, I decided that we needed to break it up and to do different things on different days. So Friday I tried to focus on looking at the many cars on display. […]

By April 11, 2015 Read More →
Fairly phenomenal: My first visit to the Charlotte Auto Fair (with 70,000 of my new best friends)

Fairly phenomenal: My first visit to the Charlotte Auto Fair (with 70,000 of my new best friends)

What classic car event has 70,000 car-crazy spectators, 10,000 vendors, more than 5,000 cars on display and for sale, and participation by more than 50 car clubs? Well, the event is not Hershey but is, in fact, the Charlotte Auto Fair. The name Auto Fair certainly fits this event, which I’m attending for the first […]

By April 10, 2015 Read More →