Larry Edsall

Larry Edsall

Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at

SEMA aftermarket show goes from big to enormous

LAS VEGAS — Except for the occasional (although many would say much too frequent of late) recall to fix a problem, there’s nothing really wrong with the cars and trucks, coupes and convertibles, sedans and station wagons, crossovers and sport utilities we buy at our local automobile dealerships. And yet… After we have them in … Continue Reading →

Orphan Car Show shines despite some rain

YPSILANTI — Rain poured before and after, but the sun shined on the 18th annual Orphan Car Show here at Riverside Park on a weekend that also featured the opening of the expanded Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. Housed in the “last Hudson dealership” in the country, the museum has expanded significantly with the National Hudson … Continue Reading →

An 'oddball, mundane and truly awful' car show

Everyone knows about the big Concours d’Elegance of America held recently at The Inn at St. John’s, where Duesenbergs and Bugattis and historic Chrysler designs and their ilk were featured on the immaculate golf course fairways. But did you know there was another car show of significance held just around the corner the day before? … Continue Reading →

Elegant Concours adds some hot rods and bikes

PLYMOUTH — Concours d’Elegance are fancy-schmancy schmoozefests started in the 1600s by French aristocrats so they had an excuse to show off their finest carriages. Of course, then came la revolution. But in the 20th Century, concours d’elegance resumed, again to showcase the fine artistry of French coachbuilding, except this time the coaches weren’t pulled … Continue Reading →

Auctions aren't Arizona's only car show anymore

PHOENIX — Most people have forgotten that before there was an Arizona auction week, there was a classic car show created to raise money for charity. In the 1960s, the organizers were the Barretts, who recently had moved from Chicago area, and the Jacksons, newcomers from Pontiac, Mich., and the event they launched wasn’t the … Continue Reading →

Rockabilly car bash grows in Phoenix area

GILA RIVER RESERVATION, Ariz. — In only its third year, the Rockabilly Bash has become one of the best car shows in the Phoenix area, perhaps in the southwestern United States. The Bash isn’t nearly as well known as the weekly and hugely popular Saturday night gatherings that have been going on for years at … Continue Reading →

Baby-boomers boggle the classic car hobby

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — My graying- and bald-headed car guy friends fret about whether young people are as interested in cars as the baby-booming generation. I try to assure them that the classic car hobby is not going away, though the younger car guys (and gals) are as likely to do their tuning with computers as … Continue Reading →