Houston, Nashville art museums to feature ‘Gross’ cars

1937 Delahaye 135MS roadster by Figonh et Falaschi among featured vehicles | Peter Harholdt photo courtesy REVS Institute

1937 Delahaye 135MS roadster by Figonh et Falaschi among featured vehicles | Peter Harholdt photo courtesy REVS Institute

Ken Gross is at it again, and this time it will be art museums and their patrons in Houston and Nashville that will benefit from Gross’ curatorial talent.

From February 21 through May 30, the exhibition “Sculpted in Steele: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940” will be featured at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and from May 27 through October 9, “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945 to 1975” will be at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Today’s automotive manufacturers strive for economy and efficiency, but there was a time when art and elegance reigned,” the Houston museum’s news release

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Bringing it home: Mecum adds trucking to its auction business

Semi tractor trailers sporting Mecum graphics are used for collector vehicle transport | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions has branched out from the auction business and into collector car-transportation, offering its buyers a means to bring their prizes home in enclosed trailers emblazoned with the Mecum logo.

The new Mecum Auto Transport service, launched in April, already has transported some significant vehicles to auction, such as the collection of the late Chevrolet Dealer Bob McDorman to the recent Indianapolis sale, as well as providing delivery of cars sold at auction. More than 1,000 collector vehicles consigned to auction or purchased from various Mecum auctions have been transported for customers so far, according to Mecum.

Mecum says its drivers will take good care of your even the priciest cars

Mecum says its drivers will take good care of

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Big 3 muscle cars featured at first Mecum auction in Portland

The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is said to be a restored numbers-matching original | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Portland, Oregon for the first time June 17-18 with an expected 600 collector cars for sale. Despite being held in Portland, the auction won’t be filled with vintage Volvos and Subarus but instead a broad selection of mostly American muscle cars, hot rods and classics.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White

A trio of desirable big-block muscle cars representing the Big 3 Detroit automakers leads the consignments so far, all of them lightweight cars with huge performance engines.

Top dog of this group is a freshly restored 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, a numbers-matching coupe in its original shade of Ice Blue Metallic and powered by

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Hollywood actor’s classic Cadillac on show at Timaru festival

Chris Ramsey-Turner with his 1973 Cadillac Deville Sedan, previously owned by actor John Goodman.

Chris Ramsey-Turner with his 1973 Cadillac Deville Sedan, previously owned by actor John Goodman.

A classic American Cadillac that previously belonged to a Hollywood star will be cruising through the streets of Timaru this weekend.

Chris Ramsey-Turner, of Fairlie, brought the 1973 Cadillac de Ville, which had belonged to actor John Goodman, to Timaru for the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop Festival.

The 1950s and ’60s themed festival will see American classic, vintage and muscle cars hitting the streets of Timaru, before being shown off at Caroline Bay alongside stalls, a bar and a competition for the best dressed.

The chromed grill of the classic car.

The chromed grill of the classic car.

Ramsey-Turner first came across the car about four weeks ago when a friend of his, who was getting married,

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Kelly Hawes: Standing up for facts, truth, human decency

I spent last weekend with a few hundred enemies of the people.

The occasion was the Excellence in Journalism conference, where members of the profession gathered to recognize colleagues and learn new skills that might help them to do their jobs better.

Among the honorees was Stephen B. Shepard, founding dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. Shepard, who had been a top editor at both Newsweek and Business Week, was one of three individuals named as fellows of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In accepting his award, Shepard addressed the falling level of public trust in the news media.

“It would be easy to blame Donald Trump for our problems,” Shepard said. “He continues to label any story he doesn’t like as ‘fake news,’ and he has called the news media the ‘enemy of the American people.’ His attacks are outrageous, of course, and they

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Renaissance Roadster drives from Detroit with Ridler Award

The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr

There’s no denying that the 65th annual Detroit Autorama started with a big bang this year. To launch the show — quite literally — a “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger raced along the riverfront street next to the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and sped up a ramp and flew over the pavement, just like Bo and Luke would do on The Dukes of Hazzard television show.

The car, bearing the “01” on its doors and the Detroit Autorama logo on its rear quarter panels, was driven by Ryamond Kohn of the Northeast Ohio Dukes group. The “landing” was somewhat less graceful than those by the TV stunt team. The car sustained significant front-end damage and was displayed inside the Cobo Center during the self-proclaimed “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.”

Tom Wopat, the

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Dashcam video shows I-5 chase that ends with arrest of Gresham murder suspects


Newly released dashcam video from a Gresham Police Department patrol car shows a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 that ended with the arrest of three murder suspects at gunpoint.

The chase began while police were investigating a deadly shooting in Gresham. Ravell Deshawn Sterling, 22, was shot and killed at Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street the afternoon of Feb. 5.

About 15 minutes after the shooting, a gold-colored Cadillac DeVille with Washington plates that matched the description of a car at the shooting scene was spotted heading north on Interstate 205.

The driver failed to stop for officers and a chase ensued on I-205 into Washington and then onto I-5 with speeds reaching 110 mph, according to court documents.

The dashcam video shows the chase coming to an end in Cowlitz County after spike strips and

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Mecum’s inaugural Chicago motorcycle sale does $1.3 million

1970 MV Agusta MV600 roadster sells for $40,000 | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions’ inaugural MidAmerica Chicago motorcycle auction found new owners for 169 vintage and antique motorcycles last weekend and generated $1,309,043 in total sales.

“We were excited to hold our first auction in the Chicagoland area,” Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division, said in a news release. “The crowds shared in that enthusiasm, which was great to see. There isn’t anything else like this in the area.

“Vintage and antique motorcycles are in themselves a rarity, so finding an auction that offers so many is a true treat for enthusiasts.”

Flying Merkel racer brings top dollar at Chicago auction

The top sale at the auction was a 1912 Flying Merkel board track racing motorcycle that hammered sold for $65,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices that do not include the buyer’s premium).

Among other highlights, a

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Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports champions

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours dElegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors.

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