TRAVERSE CITY — With nearly $120,000 in prize money to be awarded at the end of the event, the competition among teams participating in The Great Race is serious, indeed. However, all you need do is to look at a list of those teams to realize that there’s room for some fun, too. The Great … Continue Reading →
Celebrating classic car culture, in Metro Detroit and beyond
DEARBORN — At the annual Motor Muster at Greenfield Village, cars are parked in chronological order, from the 1933 model year right up through the 1976 model year, a cutoff date chosen in honor of the American bicentennial.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When he was 16 years old, Robert Gamble of Shelby Township owned a 1954 Ford Victoria. Forty-six years later, he bought another one just like it. Just like it, that is, except that this second Victoria needed a lot of restoration work. Gamble found his second Victoria in Arizona, and after years … Continue Reading →
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Dana Mecum was a teenager when he started working in his father’s small town Buick/Pontiac dealership in northern Illinois. But before his own 23rd birthday, Mecum had opened his own used car dealership, specializing in exciting-to-drive Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros and Chevelles.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — There was something different about this 22nd running of the Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally. Several of the more than 70 participating vehicles were not quite what you’d define as sports cars.
TEMPE, Ariz. — You won’t find the Olvera auto company or its vehicles in the Standard Catalog of Imported Cars, nor are they included in the 2,100-plus pages of the four-volume Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. And yet, there was a 1903 Olvera, at the Catch-A-Wave car show in Kiwanis Park here in the Phoenix … Continue Reading →
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The annual state-of-the-hobby panel discussion at the Russo and Steele classic car auction here can be both entertaining and informative. This year it was both, and then some. Consider the following, shared by panelist Randy Fox, founder of InKnowVision, which develops estate planning strategies for wealthy clients: Fox said he asked a … Continue Reading →
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona Auction Week generated some $184 million in sales of classic cars. We’ve already reported on the half of that total chalked up at Barrett-Jackson’s 41st Scottsdale event. We’ve reported on RM, the company that stages a major collector car auction in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of America each summer at … Continue Reading →
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Craig Jackson was visiting with some of his best customers during a VIP lunch at last year’s Barrett-Jackson collector car auction.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Alan Travis remembers being at the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction when he heard someone talking about a race for old cars, a course that started at Knott’s Berry Farm in southern California and ended at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a first-place prize of $100,000. Travis was more than merely intrigued when … Continue Reading →