We often speak of the ability of an exotic car to transport your imagination somewhere equally special — a Ferrari 458 Italia to Monza or a Rolls-Royce Phantom to Downing Street, for instance. For me, however, few vehicles do this better than small vans. Climbing behind the wheel of the tidy Mazda 5, I instantly picture myself flying along the autobahn, sitting in traffic outside Tokyo, or careening down an ancient back alley in Jerusalem – probably because I’ve ridden in small vans in all those places, usually on my way to or from the airport.
This time, however, I was driving around southeast Michigan, but the 5 hardly felt out of place. By folding down the back row, I was easily able to slide in my bicycle without removing its front wheel. And unlike most of the utilitarian and
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Not only is Mecum Auction’s annual Kissimmee sale the largest such enterprise on the planet, each year nudging ever closer to Dana Mecum’s goal of parading 3,000 collector cars across the auction block, the Mecum team this year is taking Kissimmee into rare if not unprecedented territory.
For one thing, it is offering two pairs of cars as single lots — bid once, take home two cars. For another, it has announced the reserve price for one of those pairs.
Should you want to bid on Lot T150, a pair of rare 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupes, of which only 69 were produced and these are Nos. 18 and 30, your bidding will be in vain unless it is at least $1.1 million.
Hugger Orange car is No. 30, Duck Blue No. 18 of the 69 produced
One from each of the Big 3 will be driven through winter weather from Tacoma to Detroit | LeMay museum photos
David Madeira admits he and Rod Alberts were sharing cocktails when they hatched the idea of driving classic cars more than across the country in the middle of winter…
Madeira is chief executive of the Le May — American’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, and Alberts is executive director of the North American International Auto Show, which is held each January in downtown Detroit.
Madeira and Alberts were trying to come up with an idea that would promote both the Detroit auto show and the museum well beyond either institution’s geographic area.
The long-time collaborators were sitting in an establishment that
If you’ve ever wanted to own a classic car — or other vehicles, such as a bus or chariot — from big-time Hollywood movies, this is the auction for you.
Icons Legends of Hollywood will offer hundreds of silver screen items at its upcoming event in Calabasas, California, from June 5-8. Included in that long lot list are numerous old cars and motorcycles that aren’t only classics, but pieces of cinematic history.
One of the most notable vehicles is a 1955 Chevrolet Apache truck driven by Clint Eastwood in Every Which Way but Loose. The truck was painted primer white by studio artists, who also added age, rust spots, dings and other wear.
Clint Eastwood’s 1955 Chevy looks like it’s seen some better days. | Icons Legends of Hollywood Auction Photo
However, it is missing its engine and transmission.
Ken Gross has done it again. He’ll expose classic streamlined vehicles to yet another new audience when the Portland Art Museum features “The Shape of Speed” exhibition from June 16 through September 16.
The exhibition will showcase 16 cars and two motorcycles, as well as engineering drawings and period photographs that include the aircraft, railroad, ship and yacht designs that influenced automotive designers.
Westfall Henderson motorcycle
This will be the second time Gross has been guest curator for an automotive exhibit at the museum. In 2011, he helped with “The Allure of the Automobile” that presented vehicles as rolling sculpture.
Gross, a hot-rodder, automotive writer and former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, has spread interest in collector cars by convincing art museums in Phoenix, Houston, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis,
FIVA has announced a March 18 deadline for entries for the World Motor Cycle Rally 2018, which will put riders of vintage motorcycles on a Hungarian route from Budapest to Eger to Cegled and back to Budapest. Hungary is the home of such historic motorcycle companies as Pannonia, Csepel and Danuvia.
The event features seven classes, from ancestors (bikes produced until December 31, 1904) through post-war (1946-1960) and on to those as new as December 31, 1980.
RM Sotheby’s will stage its first Alpine Tour: Mulhouse to Monaco, scheduled for May 9-13.
“The Alpine Tour is an exciting new motoring adventure in two parts,” the auction house says in the advertisement for the event in its Paris auction catalog. “Part one is a spirited drive on a set route through some of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes — a luxury driving tour visiting
Five people were taken to the hospital Monday night after a two-vehicle crash outside the Eagles club on Route 1, and the driver of one of the vehicles was charged with driving drunk.
William King Jr., chief deputy for the York County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release Monday night that Lisa Desmond, 49, of Kennebunk, drove from the Eagles club parking lot in her 1992 Cadillac Deville into the path of a northbound 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan around 6 p.m.
The Caravan, driven by Jeffrey Nason, 45, of Kennebunk, hit Desmond’s car in the front driver’s side and pushed it into a snowbank on the shoulder of the
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?”
When he was 14 years old, Bill Pratt bought a 1934 Ford Model A and spent two years in his backyard getting the car back into running condition so he could drive it to high school as soon as he turned 16.
“That was the genesis of the idea that today is Bill’s Backyard Classics,” Pratt’s son, Glen, said of a car collection-turned-car museum in Amarillo, Texas.
But because the collection has overrun not one but two buildings, and because it needs to update its vehicle mix, 52 cars from Bill Pratt’s collection will cross the auction block when Mecum Auctions opens its annual sale early Wednesday morning in the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas.
That’s right, the first 52 cars across the block will all be from Bill’s Backyard Classics, and they range in age from a resto-mod 1946 Mercury coupe to a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette, though