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Irvine Cars and Coffee is classic, exotic car showcase

Irvine Cars and Coffee is classic, exotic car showcase

Photos by Vince Bodiford Cars and Coffee in Irvine is likely the worst-kept car secret in Southern California. “We prefer to keep it low-profile and not stir up lots of media attention,” is how John Clinard, semi-retired Ford Motor Company media rep, explained things to me. Ford “hosts” the event early Saturday mornings at the […]

By February 14, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
McCormick ready for 56th Palm Springs auction

McCormick ready for 56th Palm Springs auction

Keith McCormick was little more than a youngster back in his native England when he began restoring cars at his parents’ home. “When I got married, we married young and now its 48 years later,” he said of his marriage to Delsey. “We had zero money. The first car we restored as a couple was […]

By February 14, 2014 Read More →
Leake’s Sevenoaks: New generation starting to drive collector car marketplace

Leake’s Sevenoaks: New generation starting to drive collector car marketplace

There’s a generational shift taking place in the classic car marketplace. “If you drove into high school parking lots in the late ’70s and ’80s and into the early ’90s, everyone was into four-wheel (4×4) stuff and what were called ‘rice rockets’,” said Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction Company and, for our purposes, our […]

By February 10, 2014 Read More →
Future classic: Pontiac Firebird’s final years

Future classic: Pontiac Firebird’s final years

  The final four years of the Pontiac Firebird also marked the last gasp of the classic muscle-car era that started in the 1960s. Like its corporate cousin of Chevy Camaro, the Firebird rode the ups and downs of the horsepower wars with boundless enthusiasm. The last of the fourth generation of Firebirds that were […]

By February 10, 2014 Read More →
Future classic: Toyota FJ40

Future classic: Toyota FJ40

When we decided to launch a weekly series entitled “Future Classics,” one of the first vehicles on our list was the Toyota FJ40. However, while wandering through the tents, buildings and parking lots of vehicles being offered up for bids during Arizona Auction Week, we wondered if the FJ might not be a future classic […]

By February 3, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Vroooom! Historic racers don’t have to keep quiet at the Simeone museum

Vroooom! Historic racers don’t have to keep quiet at the Simeone museum

The inscription above the entrance to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia reads: “The first race was conceived when the second car was built.” Inside, the museum showcases one of the greatest collections of racing sports cars in the world. Assembled over a span of 50 years by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone, the […]

By January 31, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
A Grand National showcase of beauty for all to behold

A Grand National showcase of beauty for all to behold

Photos by Vince Bodiford Barry Meguiar would move barely six feet before being stopped by the next mob of fans and gear heads. “What’s your favorite car, Barry?” “Which one is The Most Beautiful Roadster?” “Did you see the Rat Rods?” “Is this going to be on TV?” We met up with Barry and his […]

By January 30, 2014 Read More →
Future classic: Toyota Supra

Future classic: Toyota Supra

  Everybody down to the youngest of gearheads knows about the fourth generation Toyota Supra, primarily because of its many appearances in popular video games as well as the “The Fast and the Furious” film series. With its basket-handle rear spoiler and powerful twin-turbo inline-six engine, the final Supra model (made from 1993 to 1998) […]

By January 27, 2014 Read More →
Selling your classic car without selling out to the IRS

Selling your classic car without selling out to the IRS

You’ve just sold your classic car and you’re ecstatic because the check you received was for a nice amount more than you paid when you bought the car. But how much of that profit can you keep? “If you sell a car and make money, you’re supposed to pay taxes on it,” said John Draneas, […]

By January 22, 2014 Read More →
Natural selection: How to choose a professional restorer for your classic

Natural selection: How to choose a professional restorer for your classic

It is difficult enough boiling down your classic car obsession to a manageable, affordable group of cars. But it is just as time-intensive when you need to find the most capable and conscientious professional shop to take on your restoration work. To that end, Russo and Steele Auctions hosted The Art of Vintage Restoration seminar […]

By January 21, 2014 Read More →