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Don “Big Daddy” Garlits Dragster 1964 NHRA Nationals Class Winner.

Pit Stop: Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits coming to Iola Car Show

  Don “Big Daddy” Garlits will rumble and roar into the 43rd annual Iola Old Car Show, to be held July 9-11 in Iola, Wis. The legendary race car driver and engineer, known as the father of drag racing, and his Swamp Rat 12-A dragster will be attending the show on July 10-11 to...

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Overseas barn find: Rare Aston Martin DBS for sale

  The last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the production line has been found in a barn in Surrey and will be auctioned by international auctioneers COYS in London on March 10. The car was discovered by Chris Routledge, the managing partner of the auction house, and is one of the features...

Q&A with Kit Foster: March 5, 2015

Q. In the Jan. 15, 2015, issue, “Arizona Hot Picks,” it is said that the Olds featured “is a near-perfect 996-point car.”  What is the 996 referenced to? I’m guessing a classic car rating system, but would like clarification.  Also, how does one become qualified to be a car show judge? — Clark Mefford,...

Lot 145, Amelia Island | 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pinin Farina

Sotheby’s buys ownership stake in RM Auctions

Sotheby’s has announced it will be acquiring a 25 percent ownership interest in RM Auctions, which will now be known as RM Sotheby’s. Sotheby’s and RM have previously collaborated on a number of successful sales in both the United States and Europe, most notably the November 2013 Art of the Automobile auction in New...

Q&A with Kit Foster: February 26, 2015

Q. You asked what others use to clean car windows (Dec. 4). I use a small bucket that holds about a gallon of water. I put in one drop, sometimes two, of dish washing liquid and fill the bucket about 3/4 full with warm water. I use part of an old towel from my...

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Mark your Calendar: The Alan Egelseer Collection Auction

When we’re growing up, we all have grand Ideas. Alan Egelseer was no exception. He had set goals for his life when he was little. He knew that he wanted a car, and he loved anything automotive. Alan bought his first car, a Model A Ford, when he was 12 years old. Alan said...

A classic hot rod stolen from a dealer in Mankato Monday is on its way home after being recovered in the Twin Cities, but the story isn't as simple as it sounds. (Photo: KARE)

1987 Grand National stolen twice in 24 hours

  MANKATO, Minn. – A news story with a “twist” from our friends at KARE 11 News out of the Twin Cities. On Feb. 9, a 1987 Buick Grand National, valued at nearly $40,000, was taken from Unique Specialty and Classic Cars in Mankato after three men broke in around 4 a.m. The crooks...

1956 Valkyrie on display.

Bortz Cadillac LaSalle concepts to take center stage this summer

  Three out of five of the most important Cadillac LaSalle concept cars in private hands will be featured at the Cadillac Grand National meet in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. Joe Bortz said that the Bortz Auto Collection was very honored when the Cadillac and LaSalle Club invited three of the Cadillac...

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Classics do get better with age

  In the state of Minnesota, you can license a car that is a collector vehicle if it is 10 years old and a limited-production model or 25 years old or older. Hmm… When I think of a classic, I don’t really think of a 1990 Taurus as being collectible, but everybody has a...

The price of patina: 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider had been stored indoors but showed the ravages of time. Still, it outsold RM’s restored 250 GT/L by a factor of nine at a heady $18.5 million.

Paris auctions break records: Baillon barn finds go through the roof

  By Kit Foster Rétromobile, the Paris winter old car festival, is fast becoming the “Scottsdale of Europe,” with auctions three days running. RM, Bonhams and the French house Artcurial now have sales in rapid succession, beginning on the evening of opening day, this year Wednesday, February the 4th. RM, in its second year...