Nostalgia Highway

Mecum Chicago collector-car auction achieves 12.6 million in sales

(October 11, 2017) WALWORTH, Wis.— The Mecum Chicago 2017 collector-car auction held this past weekend achieved $12.6 million in overall sales with 72-percent of the 795 vehicles offered hammering sold.

Attendance was strong as enthusiasts flocked to the Schaumburg Convention Center to dive into a sea of beautiful cars and to watch the Chicago Blackhawks’ tenor soloist Jim Cornelison perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” to open the auction on Friday morning.

1907 Stoddard-Dayton Model K Runabout — Status symbol for the rich

By William G. Sawyer
Contributing Editor, The Virtual Driver

(October 8, 2017) Dayton, Ohio, doesn’t readily come to mind when thinking of industrial centers, although in 1900 the city held more U. S. patents per capita than any other. The story of the Wright brothers designing and building the first workable airplane in a bicycle shop there conjures up images of a couple of country bumpkins laboring away in a bucolic town devoid of an industrial presence, but nothing is farther from the truth.

A new HVA film — 'The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend'

(October 4, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) has announced the release of its latest documentary film, “The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend.” The film takes a deep dive into the birth of hot rodding in America – the trends, styles and history throughout the decades.

The film offers never-before-seen photos and the behind-the-scenes story from hot rod legends and the men who created one of the most significant hot rods and modified cars ever built.

Chevy Celebrates 100 years of iconic truck design

(September 29, 2017) DALLAS — One hundred years ago, Chevrolet introduced the 1918 One-Ton, setting the stage for a century of iconic trucks. To commemorate this milestone, the brand is looking back on 10 of the most iconic designs in Chevy truck history. While Chevrolet truck design has changed radically over the past 100 years, one thing has always been true: Form has followed function as the trucks evolved to meet the customers’ changing needs.

Curator at Evergreen Collection to bring six classics to Atlanta Concours

(September 26, 2017) ATLANTA, Ga. — As a graduate of McPherson College, the only school to provide a bachelor’s degree in Restoration Technology, Michael Rhodes has built his career well beyond an automotive restoration shop — he is the youngest curator of perhaps the largest Historic Classic Car Collection in the world. 

Time trial attracts record number of London to Brighton participants

(September 23, 2017) LONDON — The 2017 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, supported by Hiscox is not a race. For a start, racing on public roads is against the law, and besides, with 20 mph being the maximum speed many of these veterans can attain, it wouldn’t be much of a spectacle.

About 1,000 collector cars to be auctioned at Mecum Chicago

(September 22, 2017) Mecum Auctions will host Chicagoland’s only annual collector-car auction when Mecum Chicago 2017 returns to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Oct. 5-7 with an estimated 1,000 collector cars headlined by American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more.

Pirelli expands dedicated 'Pirelli Collezione' tire range to classic cars

(September 21, 2017) NEW YORK — Pirelli has announced deliveries of the Pirelli Collezione — a dedicated tire range for classic and vintage car enthusiasts that infuses Pirelli’s new, technologically advanced compounds into classic tire sizes.

Available for historic models dating back to the ’50s, Pirelli Collezione combines new technology with the correct period look to create a classic car owner’s dream — allowing peak performance on today’s street or track while still paying homage to the car’s original character and authenticity.

Historically significant 1892 Peugeot to star in London to Brighton Run

(September 18, 2017) LONDON — The very first car to have been driven on Italian roads is one of the special entries in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox. It was owned by wealthy textile industrialist, Gaetano Rossi. He ordered the car in 1892 and it was delivered to his home in Schio, Vicenza, in the north of the country in January 1893.

However, the car was not Italian, but French, an early 2.5 horsepower twin-cylinder Peugeot Type 3 with chassis number 25.

Barrett-Jackson takes the top down for annual Las Vegas auction

(September 15, 2017) LAS VEGAS —  Barrett-Jackson is bringing the joy of top-down driving to the Las Vegas Strip with a wide selection of classic, exotic and luxury convertibles during its 10th annual Las Vegas Auction, Oct. 19-21 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Some of the highly anticipated convertibles crossing the Las Vegas Auction block include a limited-production 2011 Porsche Speedster, a Torch Red ’08 Ford Shelby GT500SE Super Snake with only 9,900 actual miles and a stunning ’57 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible that has been beautifully restored to its original Amethyst exterior color.