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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 […]

Solved On Sunday: Electrifying news about the ’83 Corvette

Solved On Sunday: Electrifying news about the ’83 Corvette

(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 may not be an authority on Corvettes but I […]

By March 29, 2015 Read More →
CCCA finally expands criteria for Full Classic candidates

CCCA finally expands criteria for Full Classic candidates

The Classic Car Club of America is a great organization and has accepted dozens of marques of distinction into their ranks as Full Classics, including Duesenbergs, Maybachs, Stutzes and Mercers. Not every high-end vintage car makes the designation of Full Classic, and now the CCCA has changed a major part of its criteria to bring […]

By March 28, 2015 Read More →
Jeep honors heritage with a pair of resto-mods for Moab

Jeep honors heritage with a pair of resto-mods for Moab

In this space on previous occasions I have been critical of the American automakers for, as I’ve seen it, pretty much turning their backs on their heritage, a heritage that may be distained by the companies that made it yet a heritage that is strongly embraced by the classic car community that invests thousands of […]