Category Archives: Vintage Cars

Pebble Beach, or “Why should I care about multi-million dollar collector cars?”

I get Facebook updates from Sports Car Market, Hagerty Insurance, and a bunch of writers that I know that attended the festivities in Monterey this past week. Every one of them breathlessly reported the $200 million that changed hands at … Continue reading

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This Week on ThrottleYard

I’m having a great time finding cool bikes for sale and writing about them on ThrottleYard. It’s really forcing me to try and think about the bikes an audience of enthusiasts would find interesting, and I think I’ve managed to … Continue reading

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Why “the News” shouldn’t cover cars

Two stories in the last few days have cemented my opinion that every news channel should have a legitimateĀ automotive expert on speed-dial, if not on staff. The first was the news that ABC News’s “Chief Investigative Correspondent” Brian Ross won … Continue reading

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AZ Auction Pissing Match – Round XI

  If there’s anything I learned while I was an editor with Hemmings Motor News, it was that Craig Jackson from Barrett-Jackson was one of the world’s greatest soreheads. Around about 2004, when I edited Hemmings Muscle Machines, we wrote … Continue reading

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Kraigslist Katastrophes

I’m an editor, so I’m hyper-attenuated to spelling and grammar errors. I also suffer from an debilitation affliction known as AADD (Automotive Attention Deficit Disorder), which forces me to read Craigslist ads every single morning before I can get any … Continue reading

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Corrosion Recalls: Rust Never Sleeps

I just saw a news item regarding NHTSA’s probe regarding corroding fuel tank straps in Ford F-150s. Apparently, out of the 300 gagillion F-150s the manufacturer built between 1996 and 2001, 28 of them had fuel tank straps that rusted … Continue reading

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When the Smothers Brothers raced from Massachusetts

Born in 1968, I was way too young to be an original viewer of the Smothers Brothers variety show, but for some reason, Tom and Dick Smothers always fascinated me. Maybe it was because my mom and dad were fans, … Continue reading

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What’s the blue book value on Kelley Blue Book?

The Financial Times has reported that the venerable purveyor of automotive values, Kelley Blue Book, is up for sale. According to the article posted September 1, 2010, the family-owned publication has retained the services of JP Morgan to assist in … Continue reading

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Blind Leading the Blind Spot II: The Sequel

So I guess I’m obsessed by this whole visibility thing. But check this out: Here’s the cover of a brochure from the 1965 Mustang Fastback. See the perfectly coiffed young lady in the passenger side? Note that you can see … Continue reading

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Fix Your Saggy Headliner!!

My daily ride is a 1983 Pontiac Parisienne. I’m a sucker for B-Body GM cars. The Parisienne is my third, preceded by an ’82 LeSabre and an ’87 Electra Estate Wagon. They’re cheap to buy, cheap to run and cheap … Continue reading

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