1938 custom Graham

Autorama is a hotbed of ideas for customizers

First-timers, some-timers and those who haven’t missed a show yet brought their custom cars, trucks and motorcycles to Detroit’s Cobo Center for the 64th Autorama this weekend. Many exhibitors and customizers come to the show to look around, to get ideas while admiring the work of hobbyists and professionals. Many also come with an eye … Continue Reading →

Visitors climb into 1912 Model T

Ford's Model T: Still amazing at 107

DETROIT — After age 100, it’s hard to find new angles for celebrating a birthday. But volunteers at the historic Ford Piquette Plant thought the 107th anniversary of the Model T, which bowed in 1908, needed some recognition. They settled on an open house to honor the iconic car and invited Model T enthusiasts to … Continue Reading →

A 1904 St. Louis

At Old Car Festival, 1904 car puts the back-seat drivers in front

DEARBORN — The evening air was filling with unhealthy-but-exhilarating exhaust from inefficient engines under the hoods of cars built before the mid-1930s. Running up and down the streets of Greenfield Village, they were thrilling visitors with their ooga horns, their open windows and occupants in period dress. It was the 2015 Old Car Festival’s traditional … Continue Reading →

1906 Pierce Great Arrow,

Unrestored cars hold their own amid Pebble Beach's elegant lineup

PEBBLE BEACH, California — The unrestored cars – those with badly worn leather upholstery, dulled or missing exterior paint, tarnished copper and brass and desiccated original spare tires – were oddly a bright spot in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance lineup. Most of the 220-plus vehicles at Sunday’s annual event were in better-than-new condition, buffed, … Continue Reading →

1934 Packard Twelve

Car prep in high gear for Pebble Beach concours

PEBBLE BEACH, California — It was like going backstage on opening night. The lot adjacent to the Gooding & Company auction tent was filled with enormous transports carrying many of the stars which will dazzle visitors to Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach. And the cars were emerging into the bright August 14 afternoon sunlight … Continue Reading →