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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 →
Porsche 914 finally gets its place on the show field

Porsche 914 finally gets its place on the show field

The Porsche 914 is a model that was unloved and discounted by Porsche purists almost since its introduction. Derided as a Volkswagen and not worthy of the Porsche nameplate, these cars suffered for decades. However, something has changed over the last 10 years. These formerly unloved Porsche cars have had a renaissance of sorts and […]

By March 19, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Solved on Sunday: Supercars (Yenko and ZL1 Camaros) and Superman

Solved on Sunday: Supercars (Yenko and ZL1 Camaros) and Superman

(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, What’s the difference between a 1969 Yenko Camaro and […]

Amelia Island calls for my first Florida concours weekend

Amelia Island calls for my first Florida concours weekend

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is often called the Pebble Beach of the East, which pays homage to the Monterey granddaddy-of-all U.S. concours and puts Amelia Island into perspective for its huge level of success, both in popularity and prestige. Coming in second is an honor in this case, especially considering that in 20 years […]

By March 11, 2015 Read More →
5 things to do with your classic car when the snow’s too deep to drive it

5 things to do with your classic car when the snow’s too deep to drive it

Winter can seem like the worst time of the year for those of us in the classic car hobby, especially those of us who live in a place where that white stuff falls from the sky on a regular basis. So instead of driving our cars, we spend most of our time shoveling snow and […]

By March 10, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Solved on Sunday: Your classic car questions answered

Solved on Sunday: Your classic car questions answered

(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,  from Ken McNeil I have a question about matching […]

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 24 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 →