Orange Blossom Tour Recap
Tuesday, March 11 2014
Day 2 of the Orange Blossom Tour started cool and dry, but it wouldn't stay that way for long. (You can read the Day 1 summary here)All of the cars departed for the day's ride from St. Augustine down the Atlantic coast, though the broken Lotus Seven was trailered on a more direct route to a Daytona Beach mechanic who could deal with the expansion tank problem. Shortly after we departed St. Augustine, a 1984 Alfa Romeo...
Orange Blossom Tour is Underway
Wednesday, March 5 2014
March may have come in like a lion for much of the country, but in Northeast Florida, you can count on Jaguars, Tigers, and Mustangsto welcome the arrival of spring in the collector car world. Amelia Island car week is underway, and we're kicking off the festivities by providing mechanical support on the Orange Blossom Tour, a rally across northern and central Florida organized by Classic Motorsports Magazine. 20...
March 2014 Classic Car Events
Tuesday, February 25 2014
There's plenty of classic car shows and auctions going on around the country this March. Here's a few you won't want to miss:1. 2014 Atlantic City Classic Car show and Auction: Happening February 28 through March 2, 2014 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. With all the salt and pot holes on the road, an indoor show is just about the only way you're going to lay eyes on more than one classic...
Collector Car Insider - March 2014 Edition
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Get the latest copy of the Collector Car Insider right here! In this edition we get Keith Martin's thoughts on the market, "Star Cars" of Amelia Island, and bit of history between us and a 1926 Model T:
Collecting Thoughts: Five Porsches to Buy Now
Wednesday, February 12 2014
Jim SchragerThe early 1976-77 911 Turbo cars have already started to creep up in value and will keep goingWith Porsche prices setting records every month, how can you buy anything in this wild market? Two theories illuminate potential purchases: momentum and long-term value. The momentum theory favors cars that have appreciated significantly, and you simply hope for more. Our pick there is the 1989 Carrera Speedster. More on that later.The long-...
Gateway Drugs of the Automotive Variety
Thursday, January 30 2014
Soon after I received the generous invitation from Chubb Insurance to contribute to their blog, I found myself sitting (admittedly, at my local pub) and pondering what I could write about that would be informative and interesting. I thought about my favorite cars, market trends, and memorable moments from my career in restoration. But as I got to the bottom of my pint glass, I realized there’s something that most car enthusiasts have in...
Restoration Stories: Cobra Kit Car - Winter 2014 Update
Tuesday, January 28 2014
Last time we checked in on BJ and his father/son Cobra project, the exhaust had just been fabricated, engine was in the chassis, and the motivational first start-up was complete. Since then, the whole family has joined in on the build, but just like any good car project, BJ admits that the car is not yet complete - though it's a whole lot closer. The family just checked in with an update on the progress, and we are happy to share a Q&A...
Reality Bites: Reflections on Scottsdale
Friday, January 24 2014
Jim Fiske I like the winter weather in Arizona a lot more than here in the northeast. Why? Because of the outside temperature. For example, today there isn’t one. As in zero. Nada. Zilch. Null. Last week in Scottsdale it was a high of 75, with temps dropping to 45 at night. Brrr. I needed a light jacket last week. Today I came to work dressed like the Michelin man...
The Remarkable 1985 288GTO
Thursday, January 23 2014
When I was a kid, I had two Bburago 288 GTO die-cast models that sat proudly on my book-case and were the envy of my similarly car-obsessed friends. These models were the cool ones too: The doors, hood, trunk, and steering wheel all worked and revealed many features beyond what a regular "toy" would. One model was white, the other red. Both rolled straight and the details were perfect, right down to the 5-speed shifter gates. I...
Barrett Jackson "carnival" report
Thursday, January 16 2014
Jim FiskeOur friends at American Car Collector magazine held their annual insiders seminar today at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As they say, this is not my first rodeo. I've been stopping by Barrett Jackson for each of the past 6 years, either for the ACC/Corvette Market seminar, or to participate in an auction tour. As such, I am completely prepared for the enormity of the event - for the first timer, it can be a...