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Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

The big silver streamlined car with the Mercedes-Benz star painted on its nose raised plenty of questions Thursday morning at the start of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. The main question: What is it? The car seemed obviously prewar with a competition style, but even veteran Mercedes-Benz collectors were stumped about its provenance. The Benz […]

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

Amid all the high-end automotive finery of Monterey Classic Car Week comes the Little Car Show, an unabashed celebration of the smallest, simplest and most-fun modes of transportation. The fifth annual Little Car Show in downtown Pacific Grove brought together nearly a hundred tiny cars and trucks with engines of 1,600cc or less for an […]

By August 14, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

And so the pilgrimage begins, the great movement of automotive humanity onto the small Monterey Peninsula that juts out from the midsection of coastal California. Hobbyists, dreamers, vintage racers, wealthy collectors, they all converge this week for the unparalleled multitude of classic car events that make up Monterey Classic Car Week, which builds like a […]

By August 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
My (for the weekend) Classic Car: Larry’s (well, actually his friend Jonathan’s) 1930 Ford Model A

My (for the weekend) Classic Car: Larry’s (well, actually his friend Jonathan’s) 1930 Ford Model A

‘Grandpa,” said Nick. “This is the best car I’ve ever driven.” I was about to point out that at age 12, Nick not only hadn’t driven this car, but any others for that matter. “You know how I can tell?” he asked, answering his question before I had a chance to respond. “I haven’t even […]

Sticker shock! Remembering the first Monterey auction

Sticker shock! Remembering the first Monterey auction

Seriously, we are not making this up. The following is the Top-10 sales list from the inaugural Monterey Sports Car Auction held on the Friday evening of the Monterey Historics/Pebble Beach weekend in 1986, less than 30 years ago. As they say around some poker tables, read ‘em and weep: 1963 Jaguar XK-E Lightweight, $145,000 […]

It’s Christmas in July as Monterey catalogs arrive

It’s Christmas in July as Monterey catalogs arrive

Some people have to wait until sometime around Thanksgiving for their “wish books” to arrive. At least that’s what we used to call them, those holiday shopping catalogs we’d thumb through so eagerly, thinking how wonderful it would be to possess such products. But classic car enthusiasts don’t have to be nearly so patient. We […]

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Back when I was learning to drive, and perhaps it was the same for you if you are of a certain age, I had no choice but to learn on a car with a manual transmission. We’d become a two-car family a couple of years before I started driving. With my little brother well into […]

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

‘Though his name would become synonymous with some of the most gorgeous automotive design’s evercreated, Nuccio Bertone was not one of the world’s greatest automotive designers. However, perhaps no one was more adept than Bertone at identifying those who could — and indeed would — create many of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing motor vehicles.” […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →
How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

“Resolved, That the Senate — designates July 11, 2014, as ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’; recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States; and encourages the people of the United States to engage in events and commemorations […]

By July 8, 2014 Read More →
Lights. Camera. Driving. My day in front of the camera

Lights. Camera. Driving. My day in front of the camera

For much of a recent day, my view through the windshield was pretty much what you see in the photo above these words: the back end of a minivan, its tailgate open and the lens of a television camera staring at me from within the van’s cargo area. I’m not complaining, well, except that the […]