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Prediction: Someone’s about to pay $100 million for a Ferrari GTO

Prediction: Someone’s about to pay $100 million for a Ferrari GTO

Three seemingly unrelated things that I think we can weave together: Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer pays something like four times the franchise’s estimated value to become the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a professional basketball team; Ron Pratte, who may be a mere multi-millionaire but who has become well-known, even a celebrity, within […]

Do you ever do embarrassing things while driving or parking your classic car?

Do you ever do embarrassing things while driving or parking your classic car?

So, a news release arrives from the insurance.com website, which did a survey of 2,000 drivers — 1,000 men and 1,000 women — who were asked to share their biggest driving embarrassments or, to put it another way, their most “awkward driving flubs.” Here are the top 10 “awkward driving flubs”: Forgot where they parked […]

Detroit carmakers don’t seem to care much about their heritage

Detroit carmakers don’t seem to care much about their heritage

Each day, I receive a Newspress email. Actually, two of them. One comes from England, the other from within the United States. Each Newspress email is a newsletter-style compilation of the press releases produced in the previous 24 hours by automakers on those two continents, including the respective European or American branches of Asian automakers. […]

Honda helping another drive-in theater stay in business

Honda helping another drive-in theater stay in business

When you think “classic cars,” Honda probably isn’t one of the first automakers that pops to mind. Although, there was an immaculate mid-’70s CVCC that drew a lot of attention a few years ago when its owner proudly drove it up and down the avenue during Detroit’s annual Woodward Dream Cruise. And someday, Honda’s S2000 […]

By April 25, 2014 Read More →
Happy 50th, Ford Mustang

Happy 50th, Ford Mustang

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Well, at least it’s the anniversary of the car’s official unveiling, which took place April 17, 1964, with Lee Iacocca at the podium in the Ford pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. Actually, however, it was about a month earlier that the public got its […]

By April 17, 2014 Read More →
Magazine presents classic cars in print or pixels

Magazine presents classic cars in print or pixels

Richard Truesdell laments the loss of such classic car magazines as Automobile Quarterly, Motor Trend Classic and Musclecar Enthusiast. But the realities of the print-on-paper world are such that producing a glossy-surfaced, real-paper (even if it’s recycled) publication is very expensive. And as Truesdell points out, as much as we all enjoy browsing the various […]

By April 10, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf:  Big cars + big engines = big passions

Bookshelf: Big cars + big engines = big passions

 Classic Car Bookshelf Cadillac V-16s Lost and Found: Tracing the Histories of the 1930s Classics by Christopher W. Cummings Published 2014 Publisher McFarland & Co. Format Soft cover Pages 284 ISBN 9780786475704 Purchase Amazon   Christopher Cummings writes that, “Almost as soon as the Cadillac V-16s came to market, economic, technological and cultural forces conspired […]

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
When restorations lose touch with historic reality

When restorations lose touch with historic reality

What does the resurrection of the wooly mammoth, the passenger pigeon and other extinct animal species have to do with the restoration of classic cars, be they Duesenbergs , DeSotos or Datsuns? Maybe nothing. Or maybe something. The New York Times Magazine recently published Nathaniel Rich’s 7,500-word article, “The New Origin of the Species,” about […]

Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

I missed the first edition of Leo Levine’s Ford: The Dust and the Glory, A Racing History, though not by very much. I bought my second-printing copy in the summer of 1969 in a book store in Boston while we, fresh out of our respective colleges, were on our way home from honeymooning on Canada’s […]

By March 17, 2014 Read More →
Stylish Buick Riviera shows enduring appeal

Stylish Buick Riviera shows enduring appeal

The proclamation last weekend at the Detroit Autorama of a spectacular custom 1964 Buick Riviera, named Rivision, as winner of the coveted Ridler Award got us thinking about the first generation Riviera coupes,  one of the most beautiful car designs of their era. The 1963 Buick Riviera was a startling creation when it was unveiled […]

By March 14, 2014 Read More →