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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 →
Sometimes we write our stories with tears in our eyes…

Sometimes we write our stories with tears in our eyes…

Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain the journalist objectivity I’ve been trained to display while reporting and writing a story. This story is one of those times. This story is punctuated not only with periods and commas but with tears, my tears. I just completed the second of my conversations/interviews with Amy Jo Osborn. She’s the […]

By April 9, 2015 Read More →
Will fourth time be the charm for Jensen’s return?

Will fourth time be the charm for Jensen’s return?

The Jensen Interceptor is the GT car that is not willing to die. Yet again a new group has taken the reigns to revive the Jensen brand and its first effort is a new model called the Jensen GT. Over the years, no fewer than four different groups have attempted to revive this world-class GT […]

Solved on Sunday: Beware of flaming passions when taking your classic out of winter slumber

Solved on Sunday: Beware of flaming passions when taking your classic out of winter slumber

(Editor’s note: In conjunction with Road Ready Inspections, we offer this space each week so you can ask questions about your classic car or about the hobby in general. Submit your questions in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them!) QUESTION I often see cars at the car shows with fire […]

Secret ambitions and special classes at the concours

Secret ambitions and special classes at the concours

I’m not sure I’ve shared this with anyone before, but someday I’d like to be curator of an classic car exhibition at a museum. and I’d also like to create a class for a concours d’elegance. In a way, I suppose, three of the books I’ve written — Concept Cars, Legendary Cars and Masters of […]