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Hemmings Motor News February 2019

Every issue is packed with hundreds of pages of auction news, car profi les, buyer's guides, restoration profiles, technical advice, event coverage, and a classified section that is THE PLACE to find high quality listings of cars, parts, and services for sale.

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questioning everything

mmcnessor@hemmings.com We get hundreds, sometimes tens of hundreds, of questions from readers every day at Between the Lines headquarters, now located in the penthouse suite, high above Hemmings Motor News Plaza. Usually it’s just curious fans wanting to know things like: “Was this McNessor’s first career choice?” Or “Dude, seriously, what’s wrong with you?” But recently, one of our most valued and trusted readers, Mr. Carl Finer of historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, wrote in expressing dismay over General Motors recent decision to close plants, layoff thousands of workers, and end production of many passenger-car models. I’ll let Mr. Finer take it from here: “I’m scared... Why you ask? Because of the announcement coming from GM and its impact on our hobby. Will HMN adopt an editorial position?” Hmmm... I had not considered weighing in on…

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the one-make advantage

rlentinello@hemmings.com Last year, when the transporter arrived at my house with a newly purchased 1961 Triumph Herald aboard, I soon realized that owning five Triumphs was four too many. But being the sucker that I am for Triumphs, especially early, roundtail Spitfires, Triumph #6 has recently been added to the collection. I truly had no intention of buying another Triumph, least not another project that will require a body-off restoration, but this deal, which came out of the blue, was too good to pass up. So, I bought it. Currently under restoration in my garage is my 1968 Spitfire MKIII that I bought back in October 1974; its restoration is just about complete, requiring only minor details before it gets registered come spring. My ’67 GT6 MKI is an unrestored original that runs…

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Regarding January’s Import Stock Exchange about the Opel Manta, I don’t know why I remember this, but, back in the day, a magazine writer stated, “If you want an Opel that looks like a sports car, buy a GT. If you want an Opel that drives like a sports car, buy a Manta.” It would be interesting to know what Opel Association Founder Charles Goin (quoted in the article) thinks of that statement. As an aside, I had a neighbor who bought a GT and used it as his commuter car for years. Oddly, he otherwise had no interest in cars. Phil DeVergilio Harrison Township, Michigan One department I most enjoy in Hemmings Motor News is Dashboard Design. It brings back memories of either sitting behind the wheel or on the passenger’s side…

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disaster strikes illinois dealer a second time

A tornado swept through Staunton, Illinois’ Country Classic Cars, in December, destroying two buildings, and damaging two more as well as a yet-unknown number of vehicles. The unusual December tornado came just 15 months after Country Classic Cars, owned by Russ and Anita Noel, suffered a five-alarm fire. The storms — that reportedly spawned a total of at least 18 tornadoes in three states — blew through Staunton at roughly 4:30 p.m. Saturday, about an hour and a half after Country Classic Cars closed for the day. One security guard was on-site as the tornado struck, but no injuries were reported there. Anita later told Hemmings that they were unable to reach the security guard for nearly 45 minutes after the storms hit, causing her to fear the worst. As she and…

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multi-million miler irv gordon dies at 78

Irv Gordon, the retired school teacher who broke all records driving his 1966 Volvo 1800S more than 3-million miles, died in November at age 78. Irv’s travels took him and the car to 49 out of 50 U.S. states (he joked that he’d gladly drive to Hawaii when the bridge was built), and he drove the 1800S all over Europe. As the unofficial goodwill ambassador for Volvo Cars, he personally traveled to Australia, Asia, and beyond, meeting marque enthusiasts, attending Volvo events, and taking in the sights. He was travelling in China at the time of his death on November 15. Irv was a dyed-in-the-wool car enthusiast who owned a rare center-door 1923 Ford Model T, a 1929 Packard, a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot, and a Lincoln Continental convertible, but the world…

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historian, writer mike cook dies at 85

Michael L. “Mike” Cook, Jaguar Land Rover North America’s corporate archivist and former Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car columnist, died November 27 at age 85 after a brief illness. Mike, a consummate car guy, was well known by British car fans in the U.S. and abroad for his many decades of public relations work with the American arms of Triumph and Jaguar; his gift for storytelling would contribute to his 2017 induction into The British Sports Car Hall of Fame. Through the years, Mike authored books on Jaguars and Triumphs, the latter including a definitive history of the Spitfire and the excellent Triumph Cars in America. He updated John Dugdale’s Jaguar in America: The Continuing Story Into the 21st Century. His columns and other writings were eagerly awaited in HS&EC, as well…