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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 2, 2015

Q. This is my father-in-law’s tow truck back in 1948 when he owned Sam’s Garage in Bridgeport, Conn. Could you help us identify the make and year of this truck? — Art Jensen, via e-mail A. At first glance, the pre-war cab-over-engine trucks of Studebaker and Dodge came to mind, but close comparison with...

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Charlotte ready to shine for AutoFair

  The Hornets Nest Region of the AACA will welcome more than 150,000 collector vehicle devotees to Charlotte AutoFair on the grounds of the world famous Charlotte Motor Speedway for four days of automotive fun April 9-12. The Hornets Nest Region’s production of Charlotte AutoFair is a vast gathering of automobile enthusiasts who will...

The "Back to the Future" 30th anniversary display will include not only a movie replica DeLorean, but this monster truck as well. (Credit: Rich Weissensel)

AutoFair goes ‘Back to the Future’ with DeLorean display

CONCORD, N.C. – Switch on the flux capacitor, point your DeLorean DMC-12 toward Charlotte Motor Speedway and accelerate to 88 miles an hour! The classic time-travel film “Back to the Future” turns 30 during the April 9-12 AutoFair with a display in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion honoring its automotive star. “Back to the Future”...

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Weird, wacky and just plain tacky to invade Hershey

  HERSHEY, PA – The Elegance at Hershey has announced a fun new event incorporated into their automotive weekend of festivities. Dubbed, “Concorso Bizarro,” the tongue-in-cheek car show brings together those mechanical misfits, those automotive abhorrences and the just plain tacky. The Elegance at Hershey Executive Director and Concorso Bizarro Chairman “Dyno” Don Stabilito...

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Drag racing and more at this weekend’s EMMR open house

YORK SPRINGS, Pa. – The 2015 Spring Open House at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing is scheduled for this weekend, March 28-29, at the museum on Baltimore Road. Drag racing is the feature program for Saturday with the addition of a new Sox & Martin and Malcolm Durham display area along with new...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 26, 2015

Q. This lamp was found in the attic of an old garage.  It is embossed “USA” on the top. Thanks for any information you can provide. — Pam Frink, Hill City, S.D. A. It looks like many brass auto lamps of the period, but the “USA” brand gives a clue. Soon after the United...

1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster (right) and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spyder win Best of Show at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. (Photo credit: Neil Rashba)

Cord L29 and Alfa Romeo win best of show at Amelia Island Concours

  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance named a 1930 Cord and 1932 Alfa Romeo Best in Show winners on Sunday, March 15, during the 20th annual event which attracted a record-breaking crowd of 32,000 over the course of the weekend. “The Amelia,” known for its innovative car classes, showcased more than...

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Barn Find: Bonner 1964 Ford Thunderbolt uncovered

Rare muscle machine originally owned and raced by the late Phil Bonner was recently discovered in a Georgia barn Story and photos by Al Rogers Last January I received a phone call from Jason Thompson, a trusted friend and muscle car enthusiast, regarding a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt stowed in a barn in northern...

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The Case of the Man with a Wooden Leg

  It’s been 15 years since I started VanDerBrink Auctions, and I can say that I’ve seen a lot of interesting things. We love when people come to our auctions to buy and have a good time, and I enjoy talking to people and listening to their stories. Our sellers also enjoy you coming...