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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 […]

Cars and art: Are they still world’s apart?

Cars and art: Are they still world’s apart?

I’ve written before about parallels between the worlds of classic cars and fine art. That link would seem to have been significantly strengthened recently with the announcement that Sotheby’s, the publicly traded fine arts auction and real estate company, had purchased a 25 percent interest in RM Auctions. Makes you wonder if soon we’ll be […]

Solved on Sunday: Decoding cowl tags and cracking tires

Solved on Sunday: Decoding cowl tags and cracking tires

(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 have a 1967 Chevelle SS396. The other day […]

You can do the laid-back approach, or go full bore — like I did — at Amelia

You can do the laid-back approach, or go full bore — like I did — at Amelia

Amelia Island Concours week is one of the greatest car events in the world. One of the best features of Amelia, in contrast to Monterey and others, is that everything is pretty close, rarely do you need to drive more than five minutes to anything as many of the activities take place at the Ritz […]

By March 21, 2015 Read More →