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Great News About The Soap Box Derby!

March 31, 2012

First Energy’s announcement on Wednesday that it was coming as the title sponsor for the All-American Soap Box Derby is fantastic news for our entire community. With such a prominent title sponsor, the Derby has the ability to attract other sponsors and give it a real shot to returning to the national spotlight. In its [...]

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What’s a Berkeley?

February 2, 2012

Since you’re reading a blog called Car Chase, I assume you know that I’m not asking about a place in California. Some of you may know that a Berkeley is an esoteric British sports car made in small numbers about fifty years ago. These cute, little three and four wheel convertibles were “powered” by two [...]

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The $3,000,000.00 Tucker

January 25, 2012

The story of Preston Tucker and his ill-fated car of the future was made famous by the 1988 Francis Ford Copolla film, “Tucker, the Man and His Dream”. The movie chronicled the venture to start a new car company in 1948 with a model that was well ahead in safety, design and engineering of what [...]

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It’s January— that means auction fever in Arizona!

January 17, 2012

Yes, it’s January and that means the 2012 auction season officially begins with a bevy of auctions this week in Arizona.  The most famous—or, for some collectors, infamous—of the auctions is the Barrett-Jackson auction, which can also be viewed on the Speed channel.  Amazing as it may seem, a total of six auctions will be [...]

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News from the Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2012

The North American International Auto Show, held annually in Detroit in early January, has become the premier event in the world for debut of new cars from American manufacturers and U.S. market cars from foreign builders. With the sluggish economy over the past several years, excitement was down, but last year showed a bit of [...]

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What was Your Childhood Dream Car?

November 15, 2011

A friend from Texas just called to say that he just acquired the car he always dreamed of when he was a kid in Illinois, over fifty years ago. It was a Ford with a custom German body that sat in a persnickety neighbor's garage from the time of his earliest memory until he went [...]

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Equus comes to Akron/Canton

September 13, 2011

Hyundai has been slowly rolling out their new prestige brand, Equus, across the country. The brand has garnered rave reviews from journalists and customers everywhere it has been shown. This is the largest car ever produced by Hyundai and it competes with the Merecedes S Class and the BMW 7 series. The 385 horsepower "Tau" V8 [...]

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Glenmoor Gathering Announces Its 2011 Event

April 11, 2011

Just received an e-mail blast from the friendly folks at Glenmoor, announcing their 2011 concours. This year their featured classes will be “Avant Garde: Early Front-Wheel Drive,” “Sixteen Cylinder Motorcars” and “The Automobiles of Darrin” and Ghia-designed cars.  What a line-up.  The Darrin class will include a group of 1938-42 Packard Darrin automobiles.  I expect [...]

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Antique Car Auction Returns to Akron

March 7, 2011

On Saturday, March 26, Classic Motorcar Auctions will hold its second antique auto and memorabilia at the John S. Knight center in downtown Akron. This is an outstanding venue for this type of event during the last doldrums of March. Bob Lichty, the owner of the auction company, has done a great job with his [...]

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Toy Cars

December 1, 2010

I have great memories of the toy cars I had as a child. Matchbox and Corgi miniature diecasts were my favorite because they were a window into the world of foreign automobiles we didn't often see on Northeast Ohio streets. The German Schuco brand provided nicely detailed models with exquisitely functioning wind-up mechanisms. Marx and Toostsietoy examples [...]

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