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Thousands of graffiti artists have added their marks to the Cadillac Ranch cars, which were first planted in the Texas earth in 1974.

Forever Fin-tastic: Cadillac Ranch still standing tall at 40

By Terry V. Boyce; photos by Wyatt McSpadden Among the man-made attractions peppering the pathway of America’s legendary Route 66 “Mother Road,” none is more iconic than Cadillac Ranch — a “sculpture” consisting of 10 vintage Cadillacs quite literally planted in a Texas cow pasture. Sometimes called a later-day Stonehenge, Cadillac Ranch is so...


Q&A with Kit Foster: October 23, 2014

Q. In Jim Luke’s question regarding the movie “Sunset Boulevard” (Aug. 14 Q&A), he wondered if anyone knew if the Isotta Fraschini in “Sunset Boulevard” existed today.  While I don’t know exactly, I can add a bit to its life after the movie. In the mid-1960s, the car was on display at the Movieland...

Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will pay homage to this year’s Honorary Chairman, Edsel B. Ford II, and the entire Ford family with these three 1956 Continental Mark IIs currently owned by Jim Schmidt and his son, Rick.

Hilton Head Island Motoring Fest features cars of the rich and famous

  HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, takes a more glamorous approach with its annual “Life” exhibit and presents Life of the Rich & Famous sponsored by Marriott Vacation Club. Life of the...

Top-seller: The Moir Family’s 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster headlined the two-day sale, bringing an incredible $1,100,000.

$1.1 million V-16 Roadster leads RM Hershey sale

  HERSHEY, Pa. – RM Auctions celebrated the annual AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet Oct. 9-10 with its best Hershey performance to date: $14,074,250 in total sales with a very strong 93 percent of all lots sold. Generated by the sale of 157 vehicles and select memorabilia before a packed auction room, results from...

Old gauges aren’t always reliable; consider using an infrared thermometer to determine the true engine temperature.

Keep cool: There’s more to a cool engine than coolant

An engine can overheat for a multitude of reasons. Some reasons are ridiculously simple while others can be complex, requiring major repairs or even complete replacement of the engine block or cylinder heads. In any event, overheating problems need to be immediately tracked down and corrected to avoid major repairs.


Classic car storage building fire causes $2M damage

WELD COUNTY, Colo. – A large storage building that houses dozens of classic cars caught fire in Weld County Wednesday morning, damaging or destroying about 70 vehicles, according to one owner. Investigators, along with ATF agents, were at the site on Lowell Lane near Erie into the evening. Leonard Johnson, who owned more than...

Q&A with Kit Foster: October 9, 2014

Q. I really enjoyed the story Dennis Caudell wrote (Aug. 21) about the “whooshing” sound the Oldsmobiles of the 1950s and ’60s made when they were going flat out at full throttle. I think I have the answer. I had a 1954 Olds 98 that was my first car and it sounded just like...


‘World Races to Hershey’ for 2014 Fall Meet

As the poster art above indicates, the world is racing to Hershey for the AACA Eastern Divisional Fall Meet. Hershey Region and the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will welcome antique and collectible car enthusiasts from all over the globe Oct. 8-11. Visit the flea market with 3,000 vendors, wander among the 1,200-plus...