Larry Edsall

Larry Edsall

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

C7 Corvette is SEMA's hottest show-off

LAS VEGAS — To date, I’ve only see two of the new 2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays out on the road. But at the recent Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, I counted 16 of them, and I’m not including in that number the pair Chevrolet was using to give thrill rides around an autocross … Continue Reading →

Giant SEMA Show started in 1972 as a baby

LAS VEGAS — Nate Shelton remembers the day he first attended a SEMA Show, back in 1972. Shelton, who was working for a company that made headers for hot-rod engines, got up that morning, ate breakfast, and drove across Los Angeles to Dodge Stadium, where various venders of automotive aftermarket products displayed their wares on … Continue Reading →

Rita Hayworth's car makes a show 'hubba hubba'

PASADENA — There were several Stingrays, a Mako Shark, a Barracuda and a Beetle. There were fighting bulls, an Impala and several creatures with gull-style wings. There was a Bambi and — hubba, hubba — even Rita Hayworth provided the inspiration for one vehicle design on display and thus living up to the “Inspired by … Continue Reading →

2013 Motor Muster honors 50-year milestones

DEARBORN — The poster for this year’s edition of the Motor Muster, an annual gathering of classic cars at The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village, shows the nose of a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. I don’t know about you, but I still remember the first time I caught a glimpse of the radically shaped car. I was … Continue Reading →

Vintage cars set off TV series nostalgia

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If you are of a certain age, you may remember a television series entitled, “The Naked City.” On the air from 1958-63, the program used a docu-drama format — commonplace now, groundbreaking then — to follow the work of a group of supposedly fictional New York City police detectives. Car guys (and … Continue Reading →