Autorama sets the year of coming hot rod shows

Getting ready for Autorama, the late-winter show for conversions and specialty vehicles here in the Motor City, is frequently a family affair. And the 2015 expo – the 63rd Detroit Autorama — was no exception. Rob Young of Royal Oak, Mich., entered his 1963 Continental under his teenage son’s name, explaining that he had picked … Continue Reading →

Lincolns, Cadillacs help Gilmore Car Museum expand

HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. — The Gilmore Car Museum celebrated the official opening of its latest collections not long ago. The ever-expanding Gilmore operation has housed its Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum adjacent and connected to a Franklin “dealership.” It is just across the street from the stand-alone Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center where the … Continue Reading →

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 →

San Diego museum offers a dazzling car classroom

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego Automotive Museum is a transportation classroom easily enjoyed by everyone from knowledgable enthusiasts to visitors with only a passing interest in cars. View photos: San Diego Museum In October the museum’s Cars & Society permanent collection was joined by extraordinary examples in the special exhibit “Lead Sleds & … Continue Reading →

Old Car Festival is like a huge family union

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford is like a huge family reunion. As early car makers combined forces over the years, there were multiple marriages with offspring; there were both expected and untimely deaths. There were well-kept family members with gleaming brass, award ribbons and good posture, and there … Continue Reading →

Auburn auction drew 1,100 cars and 81,500 visitors

AUBURN, Ind. — The 2014 Labor Day weekend Auctions America sale here attracted a record crowd, 1,100 collector vehicles for sale and one motorized pachyderm – not for sale. The Indiana-based RM auction operation reported 81,500 visitors, some of which got to see a gasoline-powered elephant named Wendell wander slowly across a car-filled parking area. … 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 →

1949 Studebaker wins Orphan Car trophy

YPSILANTI, Mich. — A four-door 1949 Studebaker Champion Regal Deluxe won the 2014 Detroit News Joyrides Choice Award at the 18th annual Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum Orphan Show here September 21. A judge at the popular event said he voted for the green family car because owner Gerald Mitchell had such an interesting story. “This … Continue Reading →

Mecum auction runs very high -- and a bit low

MONTEREY, Calif.– Sprawling, informal yet thick with vehicles numbered, shining and ready for sale, the Mecum annual August auction here appears to have something for everyone. With over 700 motor vehicles plus plenty of automobilia, Wisconsin-based Mecum reported a hammer total of $32,148,873 following the three-day sale on the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Monterey … Continue Reading →