Hot August Nights 2017: The week in photos

Dave Schnepp gives us a ride in his classic drag racing Buick for Hot August Nights. Drag Racers start nightly at the Nugget west parking lot. General Jerry will pop wheelies for the crowd at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Be there!
Mike Higdon/RGJ

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Photos: Dream cars up for auction at Hot August Nights

Dave Schnepp gives us a ride in his classic drag racing Buick for Hot August Nights. Drag Racers start nightly at the Nugget west parking lot. General Jerry will pop wheelies for the crowd at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Be there!
Mike Higdon/RGJ

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Resto-mods popular with bidders at Mecum’s Denver auction

Mecum Auctions posted $10 million in sales with a 75 percent sell-through rate at its recent collector car sale in Denver, where the top-seller was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible that brought $181,500.

Prices reported include buyer’s fee.

The ’70 ‘Cuda wore Plum Crazy Pearl paint and was powered by a 528cid, 650-horsepower aluminum Gen 2 Indy Hemi V8 linked to a race-prepped 727 automatic transmission. 

’68 Ford Mustang packs a 650-horsepower punch

Resto-mod muscle proved popular with bidders as a 1968 Ford Mustang brought $143,000 thanks in part to a restoration that included the insertion of a 427cid, 650-horsepower Dart V8 and 5-speed Tremec manual shifter.

Muscle did well at the sale, but the No. 3 seller was a 1966 Volkswagen 21-window Samba bus that sold for $118,250.

Top 10 sales, Mecum Denver 2018

21-window VW sells well

  1. 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

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At Mecum, the heart of the collector car market beats strongly | ClassicCar

Warning! Don’t try to suck the folks at Mecum Auctions into the woe-is-us, the-sky-is-falling-on-the-collector-car-hobby talk that’s fomenting within the industry these days.

Sure, Mecum president Dave Magers will agree that at the top end of the market, that portion that floats above the million-dollar sea level and thus is most visible to observers, things appear flat if not in a degree of decline. But, adds Frank Mecum, son of auction house founder Dana Mecum, “our niche is a little different.”

Dana Mecum holds a ‘sold’ sticker that he’ll apply to this vintage 1950s Thunderbird’s windshield as soon as he hears the sound of the auctioneer’s hammer signaling another sale

Mecum’s niche focuses on cars from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, on muscle cars, on Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs and the like, Frank added during an early morning chat at the company’s Kissimmee, Florida, auction.

Such vehicles

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We Grab a Burger in a Ford Raptor—and End Up Meeting an Earl

I was driving along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood when the realization zapped me like a bee sting: I need a hamburger. Fortunately, I was a mere block away from one of my faves, Carney’s, a diner built in 1975 out of two ancient Union Pacific train cars. I parked and walked up the ramp then down the long aisle to the open kitchen.

“Do you have anything ketogenic?” I asked. The cook stared. “Just kidding. Double cheeseburger, chili fries, chocolate shake.” I took a seat by a window looking out on the Sunset traffic.

“That your truck I saw pull in?” An older gentleman, I’d guess in his 80s, was sitting at the next table, also waiting for his order.

“Yes, but . . . it’s not really mine. I’m just test-driving it for the week.”

“They let people test-drive cars for a whole week now?”

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Michigan classic car collection sold at auction for more than $300,000

An auction company in Michigan has sold a collection of classic cars for more than $300,000 after being tipped off to the location.

Repocast, a ‘recovery and sales division’ of Miedema Asset Management Group, was given the keys to the cars by a family looking to off-load their father’s collection, which had gone untouched for as many as 30 years.

Scott Miedma and a pit crew of colleagues hit the road for Grand Rapids earlier this year to meet the family, who after a quick feeling-out session at a Denny’s fast food store, let them kick the tires

Inside the family’s garage were more than 40 cars collected over the past 50 years or so, including a fleet of 28 Ford Thunderbirds from the late 1950s to the 1976 ‘big bird’ model.

Many of the cars were in

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Big Muscle Drives A Blown Cadillac DeVille Drop-Top: Video

If you’ve never had the pleasure of driving a mid-1960s Cadillac Coupe DeVille, do whatever is necessary to get yourself behind the wheel of one. It’s not that the cars were strong performers, it’s more that they had a ride quality unlike anything else on the road, before or since.

Drive one, and you’ll long for the crisp steering response of a early-1980s Buick LeSabre, with blown shocks and bad tie rod ends. You’ll never again complain about fuel economy in a modern automobile, either, since a 1960’s Cadillac can make even a  Camaro ZL1 seem like a fuel-sipping economy car.

You will get noticed in the Cadillac, since anything in motion with the size and mass of a shopping plaza tends to draw stares. If your Cadillac is a Coupe De Ville convertible with a giant blower poking through the hood, “under-the-radar” is simply not an option.

Big Muscle host Mike

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Artist imagines eerie world where cars have no wheels – Autoblog

The wheel ranks right up there with the telescope and four-slice toaster in the pantheon of inventions that have moved humankind forward. But what if a circle in three dimensions had never occurred to anyone, and we all had just moved on without it? Perhaps we’d be driving around in Lucas Motors Landspeeders with anti-gravity engines. Or maybe we’d have the same cars we do today, just without wheels.

That’s the thought experiment that seems to have led French photographer Renaud Marion to create his six-image series called Air Drive. The shots depict cars throughout many eras of motoring that look normal except for one thing: they have no wheels. The models used include a Jaguar XK120, Cadillac DeVille (shown above), Chevrolet El Camino and Camaro, and Mercedes-Benz SL and 300 roadsters.

Perhaps one day when our future becomes our past, you’ll

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GM announces six new recalls, covering 3.5 million vehicles – Autoblog

GM Will Rework or Replace Keys on 3.16 Million U.S. Cars

DETROIT – General Motors will rework or replace the ignition keys on about 3.16 million 2000 to 2014 model year cars in the U.S. because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event.

The use of a key with a hole, rather than a slotted key, addresses the concern of unintended key rotation due to a jarring road event, such as striking a pothole or crossing railroad tracks.

Only one of the models included in the U.S. recall of 3,160,725 cars is still in production – the previous generation Chevrolet Impala, which is sold to daily rental fleets as the Impala Limited. The total North America population – U.S., Canada, Mexico and exports – is 3,360,555.

The safety recall follows a review of ignition issues following the recall

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