Nostalgia Highway

Hobbyists return to car restoration projects during pandemic

(July 13, 2020) With time to spare and nowhere to go during lockdown, many classic-car owners have seized the opportunity to finally make progress on a restoration project — or two. Rob Dibble saw the overabundance of time at home as an opportunity to pursue his passion for car restoration. The corporate development entrepreneur has been working remotely in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his flexible schedule allowed him to focus on the restoration of his 1969 Volkswagen dune buggy.

Remembering the Volkswagen 'Max' Beetle

(July 9, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — In 2008, Volkswagen of America began looking for a unique spokesperson — someone who could eloquently embody the brand’s ideals, but at the same time remind us that Volkswagen is a company that knows how to have a little fun, too. Identifying just the right person presented a long road ahead; it became clear that not just any celebrity superstar would do. With the help of advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the unforgettable black 1964 Beetle we simply know as “Max” was fast-tracked to primetime.

Eddie Vannoy collection reaches $15 million in sales by Mecum

(July 9, 2020) JEFFERSON, N.C. — Mecum Auctions in June offered the private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy at an on-site auction in Jefferson, N.C., resulting in a strong overall sales total of $15 million, a number that significantly exceeded pre-auction expectations. Nearly 100 classic and collector cars and a total of more than 3,000 Road Art items from the museum crossed the auction block and hammered sold during the five-day live auction event, which was held June 26-30.

The ultimate beach cruiser — 1974 Volkswagen Acapulco Thing

(July 3, 2020) The Volkswagen Type 181 — commonly referred to as “The Thing”— has always been a fun summer classic for drivers who enjoy a cool and wildly original type of ride. The removable doors, retractable soft top and folding windshield provided a driving experience unlike any other Volkswagen. The 181 has also spawned one of the more unusual models ever to wear the Volkswagen badge — the Acapulco Thing.  

The history of the Volkswagen Passat in the United States

(June 22, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — Most Volkswagen fans think that the Golf is currently the longest-lived Volkswagen nameplate, but that honor actually belongs to the Passat, which went on sale a year before the Golf in Europe, in 1973. Based on the Audi 80, the Passat was initially sold in two- and four-door fastback sedan and three- and five-door hatchback form, with a wagon joining one year later.

A Florida father-son mechanic duo restores vintage Volkswagens

(June 20, 2020) Gregg Ammerman has loved vintage Volkswagens ever since he purchased his very first car, a watermelon green Super Beetle, in 1982. His passion for the brand has grown over time, and now the former Army mechanic shares his love for car restoration with his youngest son, Dalton Ammerman.

Live Mecum auction returns to Indianapolis with 2,500 collector cars

(June 17, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — It’s full speed ahead come this July 10-18 as the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis opens for the annual return of Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction. The auction is a highly anticipated occurrence each May, with thousands of classic and collector car enthusiasts pouring into the Fairgrounds every year from across the United States.

Mecum to auction private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy June 26-30


(June 9, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — An amazing museum collection of classic cars and countless vintage collectibles that took one man more than a quarter century to assemble will now be offered at a live, on-site auction in Jefferson, N.C., approximately two hours from Charlotte on  June 26-30, hosted by Mecum Auctions. In total, an estimated 80 cars—nearly all offered at no reserve—six motorcycles and 5,000 Road Art items from collector Eddie Vannoy’s museum assemblage will cross the auction block.



Drive-in theaters experiencing a revival nationwide amid COVID

(June 5, 2020) Drive-in movie theaters are one of the few businesses experiencing a renaissance amid the coronavirus pandemic. As one of the few entertainment destinations you can still visit outside of the home, they’ve experienced a boom in popularity and demand over the past couple months.

“We’ve seen a resurgence in interest across the country. Our shows are selling out every night. It’s the best market I have ever seen in all my years in business,” says Jim Kopp, owner of The Family Drive-in Theatre in Stephens City, Va.

Classic Recreations announces carbon-fiber '67 Shelby GT500CR Mustang

(May 23, 2020) YUKON, Okla.  — Classic Recreations, the Oklahoma-based builder of officially-licensed Ford and Shelby American continuation cars and restorations has enlisted SpeedKore Performance Group, the Wisconsin-based carbon fiber manufacturer, to produce carbon fiber bodies for its Shelby GT500CR models. The first of its kind, the program is part of an initiative by Classic Recreations to build the next generation of modern high-performance vehicles with iconic classic American styling, followed by a Shelby-licensed all-carbon-fiber-bodied Cobra in the future.