“Going once! Going twice. Sold!!!” Auctioning goods, particularly rare and high-demand items, has a long, established history. For collector cars, some of the best-known and scarcest models often change hands this way. Many benchmark resale prices are established at auctions, prices that may shock both the seller and the market in general. The benefits to the seller are obvious: Rather than setting a fixed price, the market determines the value. The car comes across the auction block, is normally started, then the auctioneer explains its importance, history, and details. Next, bidders on the auction floor place bids, with the auctioneer and assistants monitoring the increases until one seller finally wins. For the buyer, using a reputable auction house, such as Barrett-Jackson, will help ensure the quality and authenticity of the car that’s for sale, allow the buyer a chance to purchase a rarer or more important car, and give credibility to the sale. While the … [Read more...] about Buyers Guide To Auctioning Tips – Auction Action!
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Race Car Of The Month Penske NASCAR Matador But there was one glorious attempt to bring the Hudson Hornet’s racing legend over to AMC, and it started in 1972 with a series of Roger Penske-prepared Matadors. Penske and driver Mark Donohue had considerable success with Javelins in SCCA Trans Am racing after their legendary run from 1967 through 1969 in Chevrolet Camaro Z/28s. So even though NASCAR was something new to both Penske and Donohue, and the boxy ’72 Matador couldn’t have been more ill-suited to competition, they entered stock car racing with great expectations. Besides the AMC’s challenging aerodynamics, the big problem for the team was engines. Going up against the well-developed big-block engines from GM, Ford, and Chrysler, AMC had to run a 366ci small-block, which in many ways was an upsized version of AMC’s 305ci Trans Am engines. Despite rules that favored small-blocks, reliability hampered the Penske effort throughout 1972. Their best … [Read more...] about 1966 Batmobile – Auto News and Events
Lots of guys own muscle cars-some are restored, while others are modified to varying degrees. Nevertheless, only a small subset of them are driven enthusiastically. Those that are can usually be found at the dragstrip, where they express vigorous forward motion just 1,320 precious feet at a time-and oftentimes much less than that. But there are a select few guys and girls who choose to live life with their street machines to the fullest extent. During the week, the owners of these rides can be found tooling around town doing all the normal mundane things with their muscle cars. Then on the weekend, it’s off to the autocross, road course, dragstrip, or open highway. Ask many old-school hot rodders why they don’t dare to challenge the track, and they’ll say: “I didn’t build this thing just to tear it up!” (Yes, we actually get told that.) The fact is, all hot rods take some-or all-of their styling and engineering cues from race cars, however, as the … [Read more...] about 36 Real-World Street Machines That Do It All – Driven Hard!
No, I mean it this time. Having far too many cars and way too many speed parts rotting in the garage has been integral to my editorial schtick for as long as you’ve known me, but it’s bankrupting me financially and mentally. I’ve got to clean house, yet it’s hard to let go. It seems a lot of car guys are pack rats, and those tendencies go back to the beginning of hot rodding: Ed Iskenderian is famous for stacking his buildings with assorted stuff, and when Wally Parks died, he left behind several storage units crammed with memorabilia. Thanks to the legacy created by guys like those, motorheads of the past several decades have been brainwashed with the notion of “collectability.” T-shirts, dragstrip passes, speed parts, petroliana, toys, signs, movie posters, press kits, dealer brochures, old tools, patches—it’s all stuff we love to amass for the sake of nostalgia. It’s great when rich guys make nice displays of all those things for … [Read more...] about Finish Line – Get Rid Of It!
Some of life’s best opportunities arise when you’re least prepared to seize them. Recognizing and acting on such chances separates those who achieve their dreams from those who are destined to merely daydream. Kansas-based bodyman and custom car builder Jeff Myers was fortunate enough to realize that a stillborn shop project was an opportunity for him to build and own one of the most coveted of Cadillacs-a ’57 Eldorado Seville. A customer had purchased the rust-free Cadillac off eBay and brought it to Jeff to build. Jeff was excited to be working on such a fine specimen, so he knew there was only one option when the customer lost interest. “When you aren’t looking for a new project and promise the wife no more and something like this comes along, what do you do?” Jeff asks. “Sell the RV, wipe out the savings, and talk the wife into reinvesting her retirement!” If Jeff’s answer sounds a little reckless, he backs it up with reasoning … [Read more...] about Jeff Myers’ 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville – Koolsville Kad
Dan Gurney signing autographs for members of the the media at the 2008 New York Auto ShowThe big OEM car show season is over and now that summer is here, it’s time for car shows, meets and cruises. For the people who work for marketing in the car companies and in the aftermarket it’s really a year long season. I see some of the same faces at the NAIAS, the Detroit Autorama, the Hot Rod Power Tour and the Woodward Dream Cruise..I’ve attended press previews of some of the big auto shows since 2002. I’ve worked Detroit every year since, Chicago every year but ’09, and Toronto a couple of times when it didn’t conflict with Chicago. A car show media preview is not the same as the public car show and not just because there is staging and seating for the press and the displays are not in their final form. In a word the difference is access. During the public days, some of the cars are locked, and the ultra luxury and exotic rides are completely … [Read more...] about The Truth About Auto..graphs
It’s race night at Ocala Speedway in Florida, and the odor of exhaust and rubber mix with the smell of boiled peanuts and beer and cotton candy and grilling hamburgers. The stands, capacity 3500, are filling. The little racetrack has been here for a long time. There are grandparents in the stands who first came as children. Friday night without Ocala Speedway? Hard to imagine, but it almost happened. And it has already happened in so many other towns. “There was a time when, if you could talk the county commission into letting you carve out a racetrack on your property, you were instantly rich,” says Rich Pratt, 38, a third-generation race-car driver who lives just up the road. “Those days are over.” Ocala’s owner, Mike Peters, stands at the entrance to the pits, wearing his aviator Ray-Bans. Peters, 39, is a jet pilot who flew Boeing 737s for an airline, but he quit to buy the speedway and run it. He admits he really … [Read more...] about So You Want to Own a Racetrack?
“Coach says I’m not allowed to leave you alone until you’ve bought a new car.” The game was up, apparently.Charlie the defensive end leaned against the edge of his locker, weary now after an especially brutal practice. His whole body ached from countless hits on the tackling sled in the scorching heat. All he wanted was a quick shower before heading back to his condo to rest. He didn’t like talking about his car, period. Especially not right now, after what had happened this morning.Mike the punter stood there, a solemn look on his face. A serious countenance betrayed the sincerity with which he regarded his new assignment. Charlie knew there was no point in arguing. It was one thing when his old Lumina, the butt of so many locker-room jokes, quit on him when he was on the way to the grocery store or the gym. It was another thing entirely when a long-suffering coolant hose finally gave out on the freeway, leading to a huge white cloud of sorrow and a … [Read more...] about Sunday Story: The Reluctant Baller
The longer I do this, the more I realize that it’s about people, not machines. Don’t get me wrong, I still think that cars are way cool, something only human beings could create, but it’s those human beings involved in that creation that make stories worth telling and hearing. When my son, my only son, Moshe, whom I love, was a boy we put model cars together. It was a father-son thing but I also wanted him to learn a little patience. We took care putting them together, but we rarely painted them. That too took much patience. Sometime when he was in fifth grade, so this would have been 1994 or 1995 when Mo was ten years old, we were building a model of a Dodge Viper. It was an AMT/Ertl kit, in 1:25 scale.I let him pick out the models that we built and by the time he picked out a Viper, we’d already assembled a Lamborghini Diablo and a Ferrari Testarossa and by then we might have made his Pinewood Derby racer too (the fastest finisher that wasn’t over the … [Read more...] about Dad, Is This How Vipers Really Go Together?
Sometimes events in the real world overshadow our little automotive corner of the universe. If you look over some previous posts and comments, you’ll see that I’ve recently been writing about television cars and already planning to cover the “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, so please do not accuse us of trying to exploit a controversy in pursuit of clicks. As it happens, I interviewed the owner of the authentic General Lee illustrating this post just last week.Due to the horrific church shooting in Charleston, though, the Confederate battle flag, which was painted on the roof of the Chargers used in that television show, has become a national controversy, in no small part because of its display on the ground of the state capital in South Carolina. Since it would be impossible for me to discuss the General Lee in the current atmosphere without addressing the flag issue, I’m going to depart … [Read more...] about How Do You Feel About The General Lee’s Confederate Flag?