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Amelia Island Concours shines with great cars, huge crowds and Stirling Moss

Amelia Island Concours shines with great cars, huge crowds and Stirling Moss

The first car I encountered on the grass of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was the 1954 Jaguar D-type that a young Stirling Moss drove at Le Mans, where he soared through the Mulsanne straight at a record 173 mph. When I saw the D-type early Sunday morning before the start of the concours, the […]

By March 18, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Rat rod culture: Breaking all the rules, traditionally

Rat rod culture: Breaking all the rules, traditionally

Rat Rods are quite possibly the most misunderstood, under-appreciated and under-estimated segment of American car culture.  That’s no surprise; so it goes with most things new and different. In a culture dominated by shiny muscle cars and gleaming chrome, Rat Rods present a fusion of history, art and evolution. They serve as the canvas for […]

Andy’s personal picks at RM Sotheby’s Amelia auction

Andy’s personal picks at RM Sotheby’s Amelia auction

RM Sotheby’s celebrates its 15th year at Amelia Island and the cars on display are some of the nicest we have seen at this sale. Not only are top-tier cars represented but there are a number of more affordable cars on offer, making many of the lots a bit more attainable to a larger number […]

By March 14, 2015 Read More →
What caught my eye at Amelia Island Select auction

What caught my eye at Amelia Island Select auction

The Amelia Island Select collector-car auction put on by Hollywood Wheels is a two-day affair that spans two sides of the market. Friday’s sale was an all-Porsche event with a wide selection of early cars, competition cars and many 911s. Today’s auction is more open ended, with a group of around 100 cars and motorcycles […]

By March 14, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
What I’d like to take home from Gooding auction

What I’d like to take home from Gooding auction

European sports cars reign at Gooding & Company’s Florida auction at Amelia Island, including a rich collection of 17 Porsches and 15 Ferraris, as well as Lamborghinis, Jaguars, Maseratis and MGs, plus an Austin Healey BN7, an Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider and a Sunbeam Tiger powered by a Ford V8. Two of the auction stars […]

By March 13, 2015 Read More →
What caught my eye at Silver Auctions’ Arizona in the Spring sale

What caught my eye at Silver Auctions’ Arizona in the Spring sale

The classic car world’s attention may be focused this weekend on what’s happening on Amelia Island on Florida’s far northeastern coast, but Phoenix has its own big weekend taking place as well, what with the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opening its 2015 calendar with the sixth annual Spring Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale and […]

Pick of the Week: 1975 VW Super Beetle

Pick of the Week: 1975 VW Super Beetle

You may not earn an invitation to Amelia Island or other major concours d’elegance with this Pick of the Week, but you certainly would be a hit at a Concours d’LeMons, and a real slam dunk during March Madness. The car is a 1975 Volkswagen Super Beetle complete with a sunroof and showing only 809 […]

By March 13, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T

Driven: 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T

Also see the second opinion (below) by Bob Golfen For the 2015 model year, Dodge’s Challenger challenges the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro in eight versions, which is the same number of gears offered by the automatic transmission of the Challenger R/T that I’ve been driving lately. The R/T (short for Road and Track) is […]

Future Classic: Mazda MX-5 Miata

Future Classic: Mazda MX-5 Miata

It seemed as though a void needed to be filled after MG sold its last MGB in 1980, Triumph was put to rest in 1981, and the Fiat 124 Spider was quick to follow in 1985. The only four-cylinder, front-engine, two-seater sports car that remained was the Alfa Romeo Spider, which wasn’t exactly the most […]

By March 11, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Scion FR-S

Driven: 2015 Scion FR-S

The nice folks at Toyota/Lexus/Scion offered a choice: I could spend a week doing a test drive of a 2015 Scion FR-S equipped with a manual transmission or an “Automatic with Paddle Shifters and Dynamic Rev Management.” While APSDRM has a certain ring to it, the choice was easy: 6-speed manual, please. So the car […]

By March 9, 2015 Read More →