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Upgrade envy or retrograde envy, which is your motivation for buying yet another car?

Upgrade envy or retrograde envy, which is your motivation for buying yet another car?

Automotive News, the newspaper that covers the global new-car industry, republished a story last week from Bloomberg under the title of “Upgrade envy has drivers trading in cars as often as iPhones.” Not being familiar with the term “upgrade envy,” I read far enough into the text to learn that people are trading in their […]

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Recently, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum announced the first Japanese sports car to join its permanent collection. No the car is not a BRE 240Z or a Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX raced by Paul Newman. Instead, it is a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. The car was a gift to the museum from John J. […]

By February 27, 2015 11 Comments Read More →
‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

As the book Unsafe at Any Speed, Ralph Nader’s seminal assault on the Chevrolet Corvair and a complacent U.S. auto industry, marks its 50th anniversary this year, I can’t help but recall how it not only had a profound effect on the future of automobiles but also on my own automotive aspirations. Like most teenage […]

By February 23, 2015 23 Comments Read More →
What RM Sotheby’s deal means to the classic car hobby

What RM Sotheby’s deal means to the classic car hobby

Sotheby’s acquisition of a 25 percent stake in RM Auctions is big news for high-end car collectors, but what does it mean to the hobby in general? First of all, this is a deal that has been long in the making. RM and Sotheby’s have partnered in a limited capacity for a number of years. […]

By February 20, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Do classic cars get a parking place in the sale of collectibles at auction?

Do classic cars get a parking place in the sale of collectibles at auction?

‘It’s no secret that the… market is as strong as it’s ever been with dozens of new records… achieved in 2014.” I put that sentence within quotes because I didn’t write it. I read it, and now I’m sharing it. I stumbled across it on artnet.com, where Eileen Kinsella was writing not about the classic […]

By February 18, 2015 Read More →
Driving sports or classic car provides different perspective on road safety

Driving sports or classic car provides different perspective on road safety

Spending a weekend in an exotic sports car provides a very different, exciting and in too many cases a terrifying perspective on driving and road safety. And I mean that literally and figuratively. Literally because when you’re sitting just inches above the pavement, that compact crossover in your rearview mirror looks as large as a […]

By February 17, 2015 Read More →
5 reasons not to buy a classic car

5 reasons not to buy a classic car

There are a great many reasons for buying a classic car: love for the history of a specific brand, the fun of tinkering with your classic, the experience of driving an old car, and the possible investment potential that many classic cars can offer, to name a few. The classic car market is hotter than […]

By February 16, 2015 26 Comments Read More →
How at age 13 I obtained Texas driver’s license

How at age 13 I obtained Texas driver’s license

It was an eight-hour overnight trip from the tiny Texas panhandle town of Borger to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where my grandfather lived. Two adults, five kids, we’d pile into our 1957 Plymouth and my father would let his 12-year-old son —me —sit on his lap and steer through the night, often while eating a peanut-butter sandwich. […]

By February 13, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
When it comes to making scents, I’ll take worn leather with a musky hint of motor oil

When it comes to making scents, I’ll take worn leather with a musky hint of motor oil

We all know “that new-car smell.” And there is, indeed, an old-car smell as well. The worst-case scenario is the offensive olfactory evidence that mice spent the winter ensconced within the car’s ventilation system. Almost as bad, the disgusting odor of a milk shake spilled beneath the seat and now turned moldy. On the other […]

By February 5, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Next big thing: Functional automotive art, for the road or the gallery

Next big thing: Functional automotive art, for the road or the gallery

What’s the Next Big Thing? It is definitely not one more muscle car, or one more supercar.  It is not one more $5-million Ferrari or another $2-million Mercedes.  My hunch is that ‘the next big thing’will be the transcendence of vehicles into art, and that these artistic builds will be equally at home in a […]